How to Pack and Move Furniture
Moving is an important life-changing step that most of us take at some point. However, even though moving home is so common (it has been estimated that more than 40 million Americans do it each year), it is still considered a fairly stressful event in a person’s life. That is why it is of crucial importance that you approach your relocation with a good plan and enough information. Whether you are moving to another state or to the house next door, one of the most challenging tasks is relocating large pieces of furniture. In order to make that easier for you, State to State Movers decided to create this quick guide to handling large items during relocation. Read on to find out more about how to deal with that bulky sofa or that heavy queen-sized bed, as well as avoid any unforeseen circumstances, damage, or even injury.
Step 1: Prepare
Before you get down to doing the heavy lifting, it is important that you prepare for the task ahead of you. But what does this actually mean?
First of all – do not attempt to do it alone. Invite some friends over to help you. Make sure you let them know well in advance, so as to avoid ending up on your own after all.
Secondly, make sure you have the right equipment. This will not only make the relocation easier, but it will reduce the possibility of injury. Some of the most commonly used pieces of equipment when moving furniture are:
– A furniture cart. This will make transporting your belongings so much easier. You can find them pretty much anywhere – from Amazon to Walmart. In addition, you can rent them or borrow them from a friend, so as to save money.
– Sliders. These simple props are another must-have during relocation. Sliders are small pieces of plastic and rubber that make pushing furniture around a lot easier (they literally help your furniture slide, hence the name).
– Harnesses and straps. While these are not absolutely necessary, they will definitely help avoid injury, since by using straps to lift heavy items, you are more likely to utilize stronger groups of muscles.
Aside from proper equipment, you should make sure you have the right clothing. The clothes you wear on your moving day should be comfortable, so as not to disrupt any movement to make. They also shouldn’t be loose, or have any loose ends, such as laces or straps – these can easily get hooked on furniture, stuck in the door and so on. Additionally, the clothes you wear on your moving day should be something you wouldn’t feel bad tearing or staining, as that is almost bound to happen. And lastly, make sure you have the proper footwear and good rubber gloves to protect your hands.
Step 2: Test the Grounds
This step consists of the part of the preparation that should be done on the moving day (or the day before). It is of great importance to make sure you have identified all the potential hazards before you get down to work. For starters, take a walk from every piece of furniture you will be moving all the way to where the moving truck will be. Along the way, pay attention to any potential dangers – slippery stairs, items in your way, doors that can’t stay open, and so on. Make sure you eliminate all of those (or at least memorize them so you can avoid them later on). Get rid of any items along the way, no matter how small they seem. Even stepping on a cable can be detrimental if you do it while carrying a bulky piece of furniture. In addition, look for hazards on the furniture itself – are there, for example, any sharp edges? Make sure you visibly mark (for example, with a post it note or a sticker) all such places on your belongings.
Step 3: Prepare Your Furniture
Ideally, you should do this step with someone’s help, as this is where we get to heavy lifting. Disassembling your furniture is not as easy as it seems. A great way to make it easier is to find instructions that the furniture came with, as this can help you do it properly step-by-step. Additionally, it will make reassembling much easier. If you can’t find those, think of a method that will help you remember the steps – for example, use brightly colored stickers or markers to label the pieces.
Step 4: Moving the Furniture
Now we come to the hard part – the actual relocation. There are several things to keep in mind. First of all, make sure you use proper lifting techniques. These include:
– Always lift with your legs. Never put too much pressure on your spine to do it.
– Push instead of lifting. If possible, push a piece of furniture instead of lifting it. This will save you a lot of energy and help avoid injuries.
– Careful how you turn. If you need to take a turn while carrying something, make sure you do it with your legs, not with your upper body.
– Avoid quick movements. Be aware of any movement you make, and avoid doing anything sudden.
Other rules you should follow on the moving day include taking breaks every once in a while, staying hydrated, and knowing your limits.
Now, wouldn’t you much rather just kick back and relax, while someone else does all the hard work? Then contact State to State Movers, and we will do all the heavy lifting. Our professional packers and movers know the right way to handle all sorts of items, so you can rest assured that everything will go according to plan. Contact us today to schedule your relocation.