Whether you’re just rearranging your living room or moving house, shifting furniture can be a big task.
If it’s not done correctly, you can waste a lot of time and energy. Here are a few simple techniques you can use when lugging heavy or awkward items so you don’t wreck your back, your house or the furniture.
1. Hold high and low
Dressers, tallboys, filing cabinets and bookcases are all awkward pieces to handle, so make it a two-person job.
Tip the item sideways at an angle, then one of you hold the top and the other grip the bottom. This centres the weight and prevents the furniture from swinging out of control.
It also makes carrying it up or down stairs easier, as the angle will roughly match the slope of the steps.
2. Curve chairs
A large armchair can be the opposite of easy to move. Take a tip from pro movers and angle it to get around corners.
Turn the chair onto its side and start moving it back-first through the doorway, then curve it around the door frame and slip it all the way through.
3. Use a ramp and a rope
If you have to move heavy items solo, use 19mm plywood as a makeshift ramp to slide the furniture over a doorstep or a few stairs.
Tie braided rope, such as static climbing rope, around an immovable object like the newel post at the top of the stairs to help you control the speed of descent, and wear gloves to avoid rope burn.
If you have to move heavy items up or down a full staircase, it’s best to hire a dedicated stair-climbing trolley, from $11 for four hours. Many have an in-built strap to keep your treasures safely lashed on.
4. Protect fragile furniture
For safeguarding the items you’re transporting, as well as your house, moving blankets are invaluable.
You can rent them for about $20 for five from removal and transport companies. Or you can buy them, which means you can use them again for other tasks. Try a Pack & Wrap Heavy Duty Large Movers Blanket, about $9, from Officeworks.
To avoid damaging the finish and the edges of furniture, wrap pieces in moving blankets, then secure with shrink wrap, available from hardware stores.