How to Move Furniture

  1. Safety First
  2. Lifting the Furniture
  3. Self-Movers Need Proper Equipment
  4. Pads and Blankets: For Protection
  5. Preventing Damage When Moving

1. Safety First 

Think about applying a technique for every piece of furniture that you move. The back and spine are at risk for injury during a move. An industrial work belt provides lumbosacral support and helps to prevent next-day lower back pain by reducing pressure. This type of back support also works great for long distance driving. Locate industrial work belts at the drug and retail stores.

2. Lifting The Furniture

It’s important to lift furniture with one's legs while keeping the back and torso straight. Raise the furniture up by squatting, lifting the objects from their strongest point. Protect the hands by wearing rugged leather gloves that grip. Experts recommend avoiding cotton gloves for moving furniture because they are too slippery, leather will protect the hands from slippage and sharp edges.

Furniture Movers

It is best to have help, several helpers if possible, not only in terms of effort but also for the benefit of safety. Occasionally though, movers have to do everything themselves, perhaps because there is no one available or if they have to move quickly.

3. Self-Movers Need Proper Equipment

Self-movers should equip themselves with the proper moving tools. Rent or purchase a hand dolly, for moving boxes and a floor dolly, to move furniture, in order to put these appliances between one’s own body and the entire crushing weight of these objects. It is helpful to position wheeled moving equipment against a wall so that they don’t roll away while being loaded. Before commencing, create a plan of how the furniture will be moved. Remove any low hanging obstacles like lighting fixtures, paintings, and other fragile items from the tables and shelves.

Empty all of the drawers, cabinets, and shelves to avoid collisions with things like large dictionaries, which could fall down and clock someone in the head.

4. Pads and Blankets: For Protection

Moving pads and blankets can make an enormous difference in a move as they reduce the stress placed upon a mover’s body and also upon the furniture being moved, creating an overall better experience. Use moving blankets to drag very heavy pieces instead of lifting them. Sliding as opposed to lifting and hoisting heavy objects, creates fewer opportunities for accidents and damage. Slide the furniture by placing moving blankets and pads underneath, making sure the object is properly packaged. Rent blankets and pads from container moving services, truck rentals, and freight company movers. If the moving company or local rental supply shop does not offer them or is too expensive, they are important enough that they should be purchased from a home improvement store. In some cases, towels and cardboard will work sufficiently in place of moving blankets.

5. Preventing Damage When Moving Furniture

Eliminate the friction beneath a sofa by cushioning its legs, and on other heavy items, to avoid damage to wood floors. Packing them this way will also help furniture to slide easier. Place two boards on stairs to create a ramp and easily slide the furniture down. A ramp can also be fashioned out of thick blanket layers, laying them over the stairs. Furniture moving straps enable 2 people to lift more weight than they normally would without them. Another handy gizmo, which is great for those on a budget, is to use broom handles as sliding rollers, placing them beneath very large and heavy items, which gets them moving along.

how to move furniture

There are currently no comments

Add Comment


required (not published)


Did You Know

Question Prior to the 20th century, freight was generally transported overland via trains and railroads. During this time, trains were essential, and they were highly efficient at moving large amounts of freight. But, they could only deliver that freight to urban centers for distribution by horse-drawn transport. Though there were several trucks throughout this time, they were used more as space for advertising that for actual utility. At this time, the use of range for trucks was quite challenging. The use of electric engines, lack of paved rural roads, and small load capacities limited trucks to most short-haul urban routes.

Question In the United States, the term 'full trailer' is used for a freight trailer supported by front and rear axles and pulled by a drawbar. This term is slightly different in Europe, where a full trailer is known as an A-frame drawbar trail. A full trailer is 96 or 102 in (2.4 or 2.6 m) wide and 35 or 40 ft (11 or 12 m) long.

Question A commercial driver's license (CDL) is a driver's license required to operate large or heavy vehicles.

Question “Country music scholar Bill Malone has gone so far as to say that trucking songs account for the largest component of work songs in the country music catalog. For a style of music that has, since its commercial inception in the 1920s, drawn attention to the coal man, the steel drivin’ man, the railroad worker, and the cowboy, this certainly speaks volumes about the cultural attraction of the trucker in the American popular consciousness.” — Shane Hamilton

Question In 1971, author and director Steven Spielberg, debuted his first feature length film. His made-for-tv film, Duel, portrayed a truck driver as an anonymous stalker. Apparently there seems to be a trend in the 70's to negatively stigmatize truck drivers.

Question "Six Day on the Road" was a trucker hit released in 1963 by country music singer Dave Dudley. Bill Malone is an author as well as a music historian. He notes the song "effectively captured both the boredom and the excitement, as well as the swaggering masculinity that often accompanied long distance trucking."

Question Trucks of the era mostly used two-cylinder engines and had a carrying capacity of 1,500 to 2,000 kilograms (3,300 to 4,400 lb). In 1904, 700 heavy trucks were built in the United States, 1000 in 1907, 6000 in 1910, and 25000 in 1914. A Benz truck modified by Netphener company (1895)

Question Invented in 1890, the diesel engine was not an invention that became well known in popular culture. It was not until the 1930's for the United States to express further interest for diesel engines to be accepted. Gasoline engines were still in use on heavy trucks in the 1970's, while in Europe they had been entirely replaced two decades earlier.

Question All cars must pass some sort of emission check, such as a smog check to ensure safety. Similarly, trucks are subject to noise emission requirement, which is emanating from the U.S. Noise Control Act. This was intended to protect the public from noise health side effects. The loud noise is due to the way trucks contribute disproportionately to roadway noise. This is primarily due to the elevated stacks and intense tire and aerodynamic noise characteristics.

Question A relatable reality t.v. show to the industry is the show Ice Road Truckers, which premiered season 3 on the History Channel in 2009. The show documents the lives of truck drivers working the scary Dalton Highway in Alaska. Following drivers as they compete to see which one of them can haul the most loads before the end of the season. It'll grab you with its mechanical problems that so many have experienced and as you watch them avoid the pitfalls of dangerous and icy roads!

Question Relocation, or moving, is the process of vacating a fixed location, such as a residence or business, and settling in a different one. A move might be to a nearby location such as in the same neighborhood or a much farther location in a different city or even a different country. Moving usually includes packing up all belongings, transferring them to the new location, and unpacking them. It will also be necessary to update administrative information. This includes tasks such as notifying the post office, changing registration data, change of insurance, services etc. It is important to remember this step in the relocation process. 


Although there are exceptions, city routes are interestingly most often found in the Midwestern area of the United States. Though they essentially serve the same purpose as business routes, they are different. They feature "CITY" signs as opposed to "BUSINESS" signs above or below route shields. Many of these city routes are becoming irrelevant for today's transportation. Due to this, they are being eliminated in favor of the business route designation.


The concept of a bypass is a simple one. It is a road or highway that purposely avoids or "bypasses" a built-up area, town, or village. Bypasses were created with the intent to let through traffic flow without having to get stuck in local traffic. In general they are supposed to reduce congestion in a built-up area. By doing so, road safety will greatly improve.
A bypass designated for trucks traveling a long distance, either commercial or otherwise, is called a truck route.

Question The decade of the 70's in the United States was a memorable one, especially for the notion of truck driving. This seemed to dramatically increase popularity among trucker culture. Throughout this era, and even in today's society, truck drivers are romanticized as modern-day cowboys and outlaws. These stereotypes were due to their use of Citizens Band (CB) radios to swap information with other drivers. Information regarding the locations of police officers and transportation authorities. The general public took an interest in the truckers 'way of life' as well. Both drivers and the public took interest in plaid shirts, trucker hats, CB radios, and CB slang.

Question A properly fitted close-coupled trailer is fitted with a rigid tow bar. It then projects from its front and hooks onto a hook on the tractor. It is important to not that it does not pivot as a draw bar does.

Question Moving companies that operate within the borders of a particular state are usually regulated by the state DOT. Sometimes the public utility commission in that state will take care of it. This only applies to some of the U.S. states such as in California (California Public Utilities Commission) or Texas (Texas Department of Motor Vehicles. However, no matter what state you are in it is always best to make sure you are compliant with that state

Question Driver's licensing has coincided throughout the European Union in order to for the complex rules to all member states. Driving a vehicle weighing more than 7.5 tons (16,535 lb) for commercial purposes requires a certain license. This specialist licence type varies depending on the use of the vehicle and number of seat. Licences first acquired after 1997, the weight was reduced to 3,500 kilograms (7,716 lb), not including trailers.

Question Tracing the origins of particular words can be quite different with so many words in the English Dictionary. Some say the word "truck" might have come from a back-formation of "truckle", meaning "small wheel" or "pulley". In turn, both sources emanate from the Greek trokhos (τροχός), meaning "wheel", from trekhein (τρέχειν, "to run").