Nov 7, 2019

Move Heavy Furniture by Yourself

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==Steps==
 
==Steps==
===Assessing and Protecting Your Furniture===
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===Preparing and Protecting Your Furniture===
#Clear a path to move your furniture. If you hit obstacles along the way, you run the risk of damaging your furniture or even hurting yourself. Make sure you have an entirely clear path to move through that is wide enough for your widest piece of furniture.
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#Remove any extra weight on top of or inside of the furniture. If you are moving a dresser or desk, take out all of the drawers and set them aside. Take off any knick-knacks or display items that are on top of your furniture and put them in a box or out of the way.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ePk1Nskio&feature=youtu.be&t=27</ref>
#*You may have to remove a door from the doorway if your furniture won’t fit through it.
 
#Remove any extra weight on top of or inside of the furniture. If you are moving a dresser or desk, take out all of the drawers and set them aside. Take off any knick knacks or display items that are on top of your furniture and put them in a box or out of the way.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P8ePk1Nskio&feature=youtu.be&t=27</ref>
 
 
#*If you are moving a bed, make sure to remove the mattress before attempting to remove the frame.
 
#*If you are moving a bed, make sure to remove the mattress before attempting to remove the frame.
 
#[[Disassemble Furniture When Preparing for a Move|Break down the furniture]] into its smallest parts. It will be much easier to move large furniture if it is in small pieces. Break down your furniture into its smallest form by unscrewing legs off of dressers and desks, removing headboards from bed frames, and taking the leafs out of any tables.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoiJjs82vZ8&feature=youtu.be&t=6</ref>
 
#[[Disassemble Furniture When Preparing for a Move|Break down the furniture]] into its smallest parts. It will be much easier to move large furniture if it is in small pieces. Break down your furniture into its smallest form by unscrewing legs off of dressers and desks, removing headboards from bed frames, and taking the leafs out of any tables.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hoiJjs82vZ8&feature=youtu.be&t=6</ref>
 
#*You can break down most furniture with a screwdriver or a drill.
 
#*You can break down most furniture with a screwdriver or a drill.
#Wrap delicate furniture in a blanket to protect it. If you have old furniture or pieces that are easily scratched, use a soft blanket to wrap the edges and sides of your furniture. Make sure that the blanket covers all of the essential parts of your furniture that could get nicked during the moving process.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHwKEiZSRuA&feature=youtu.be&t=182</ref>
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#Wrap delicate furniture in a blanket to protect it and your walls. If you have old furniture or pieces that are easily scratched, use a soft blanket to wrap the edges and sides of your furniture. This is also a good idea if the piece has sharp edges to prevent wall damage. Make sure the blanket covers all of the essential parts of your furniture that could get nicked during the moving process.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CHwKEiZSRuA&feature=youtu.be&t=182</ref>
 
#*You can buy furniture blankets if you want extra protection. Furniture blankets are thicker than normal blankets.
 
#*You can buy furniture blankets if you want extra protection. Furniture blankets are thicker than normal blankets.
===Using Tools to Move Furniture===
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#Remove obstacles to create a clear path for the furniture. If you hit obstacles along the way, you run the risk of damaging your furniture or even hurting yourself. Make sure you have an entirely clear path to move through that is wide enough for your widest piece of furniture.
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#*You may have to remove a door from the doorway if your furniture won’t fit through it.
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===Using Efficient Tools===
 
#Use furniture slides on carpeted surfaces. Furniture slides are small sheets of thin plastic that go underneath large pieces of furniture so you can slide them easily. Lift up one end of a dresser or other large, sturdy piece of furniture and slide a furniture slide underneath all of the legs on one side. Slide another furniture slide underneath all of the legs on the other side. Push the top of the furniture piece or use the handles attached to the furniture slides to drag or push the piece of furniture on a carpeted surface.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw3I77sjzi8&feature=youtu.be&t=281</ref>
 
#Use furniture slides on carpeted surfaces. Furniture slides are small sheets of thin plastic that go underneath large pieces of furniture so you can slide them easily. Lift up one end of a dresser or other large, sturdy piece of furniture and slide a furniture slide underneath all of the legs on one side. Slide another furniture slide underneath all of the legs on the other side. Push the top of the furniture piece or use the handles attached to the furniture slides to drag or push the piece of furniture on a carpeted surface.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Uw3I77sjzi8&feature=youtu.be&t=281</ref>
 
#*You may need to use more than 2 furniture slides for long pieces of furniture.
 
#*You may need to use more than 2 furniture slides for long pieces of furniture.
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#Use a lifting strap for small, bulky items. Lifting straps spread the weight of your furniture and give you easy to use handles or straps to put on or carry. To use a 1-person lifting strap, slide the strap underneath the base of the furniture piece. Put the straps over your shoulders or into both hands. Carefully walk with your furniture piece.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wWdrcBta3o&feature=youtu.be&t=45</ref>
 
#Use a lifting strap for small, bulky items. Lifting straps spread the weight of your furniture and give you easy to use handles or straps to put on or carry. To use a 1-person lifting strap, slide the strap underneath the base of the furniture piece. Put the straps over your shoulders or into both hands. Carefully walk with your furniture piece.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-wWdrcBta3o&feature=youtu.be&t=45</ref>
 
#*Never try to carry furniture pieces that are tall or extremely heavy with a furniture strap.
 
#*Never try to carry furniture pieces that are tall or extremely heavy with a furniture strap.
===Loading Furniture Into a Moving Truck===
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===Loading Furniture into a Moving Truck===
 
#Move the heaviest pieces into the truck first. If you are planning on moving large furniture items into a [[Pack a Moving Truck|moving truck,]] put the largest and heaviest pieces in the back of the truck. Place the smaller items towards the front of the truck. This will balance the weight of the truck and make sure nothing topples over while you are driving.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjmofUZOdwo&feature=youtu.be&t=17</ref>
 
#Move the heaviest pieces into the truck first. If you are planning on moving large furniture items into a [[Pack a Moving Truck|moving truck,]] put the largest and heaviest pieces in the back of the truck. Place the smaller items towards the front of the truck. This will balance the weight of the truck and make sure nothing topples over while you are driving.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjmofUZOdwo&feature=youtu.be&t=17</ref>
 
#*It may be helpful to move all of your furniture out in front of the truck before you pack it.
 
#*It may be helpful to move all of your furniture out in front of the truck before you pack it.
#Fill in the space between heavy items with smaller items. The biggest risk for your furniture is how it shifts while your moving truck is in motion. To make sure your furniture stays safe, pack smaller, softer items in between your large pieces, like boxes, cushions, and pillows. Make sure that your tall items are secure and that if they fall, they won’t be damaging things around them.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjmofUZOdwo&feature=youtu.be&t=105</ref>
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#Fill in the space between heavy items with smaller items. The biggest risk for your furniture is how it shifts while your moving truck is in motion. To make sure your furniture stays safe, pack smaller, softer items in between your large pieces, like boxes, cushions, and pillows. Make sure that your tall items are secure.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjmofUZOdwo&feature=youtu.be&t=105</ref>
 
#Use a hydraulic lift table to lift furniture into a truck. Heavy and bulky items may be difficult to lift into a flatbed truck by yourself. Place your furniture on a hydraulic lift table near the bed of your truck. Use the foot pedal to lift the furniture up to the height of your truck. Then, gently slide the furniture out into the bed of the truck.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqYBYB__URo&feature=youtu.be&t=373</ref>
 
#Use a hydraulic lift table to lift furniture into a truck. Heavy and bulky items may be difficult to lift into a flatbed truck by yourself. Place your furniture on a hydraulic lift table near the bed of your truck. Use the foot pedal to lift the furniture up to the height of your truck. Then, gently slide the furniture out into the bed of the truck.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HqYBYB__URo&feature=youtu.be&t=373</ref>
 
#Set up a ramp into a large moving truck. Moving trucks usually have metal ramps that pull down from the back of the truck. Park your truck on a flat surface near your home and pull out the ramp as far as it will go. Make sure the ramp is secure before you walk on it or put any furniture on it.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyidTuuusyE&feature=youtu.be&t=139</ref>
 
#Set up a ramp into a large moving truck. Moving trucks usually have metal ramps that pull down from the back of the truck. Park your truck on a flat surface near your home and pull out the ramp as far as it will go. Make sure the ramp is secure before you walk on it or put any furniture on it.<ref>https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SyidTuuusyE&feature=youtu.be&t=139</ref>


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