Furniture Moving 101
By Julie DeLong, A-1 Freeman Moving Group
The first step is to not panic. That huge sofa got into your living room somehow, so it’s a safe bet there is a way to fit it through the doorway now. Your huge dresser may be ungainly, but there are steps you can take to get any furniture in your residence packed and secured in the moving van. As a professional moving company, we've moved the extra large furniture for more than a few families. Let’s share a few insights on how professional movers use disassembly and work as a team to load household furnishings safely into the moving truck - and then unload again!
1) Take off Feet from Bulky Furniture
Have a couch or perhaps armchair that won't wedge through the doorway? Take off the feet! This not only removes a serious scraping risk, but it also removes important inches from bulky furniture. A lot of furniture feet are screw-in, so you can put them right back on whenever you arrive at your destination.
2) Take Apart Anything Can
Furniture that is too big for the door is most likely assembled. Not just that, but it’s also intended to be taken apart when it comes time to move or redecorate. Look for ways to take apart the bigger pieces of your furniture or disassemble pieces which extend off the body of the furniture. Couch sectionals can be taken apart in sections (hence, the name). Vanities and also dressers often can have the mirror taken down and wrapped for safety. Dining room tables can have removable legs and workout equipment normally breaks back down into poles and weights.
You could tackle furniture disassembly on your own or even hire a professional moving company to provide expert-level furniture disassembly and also reassembly after you arrive to the new residence.
3) Keep All Hardware Bagged and Labeled
Don't lose your furniture parts and hardware! Label a Ziploc bag for every piece of furniture and place all the hardware inside. Then tape the bag to the furniture or put all (labeled!) hardware bags in one easy-access box. This makes sure you can assemble your items back together perfectly when it is time to reassemble in the new residence.
4) Always Work with Two or More People
Don’t move large and bulky pieces of furniture by yourself. Always have a team of two or more folks to cautiously haul and maneuver large furniture, particularly through doorways, corners, and slim hallways. Don't put yourself, your things, or the residence at risk by attempting to move bulky pieces of furniture by yourself.
5) Use the Proper Furniture Moving Equipment
Do not forget your moving equipment. Pieces of furniture are, heavy enough to injure somebody or even really scuff a wall unless everyone takes proper precautions. Using dollies and hand-trucks is usually essential to moving large, heavy, and also cumbersome home furnishings.
6) Wrap Furniture in Blankets for Protection
You will find two very worthwhile rationales to use moving blankets (or your own stock of spare blankets) to wrap household furniture on the move. Moving blankets defend your furniture from being scratched in the process of moving. Blankets additionally help decrease the chance of dents and dings to the residence as bulky furniture is moved through doorways, corners, and also hallways.
Ready to move the awkward furniture in your household from one residence to another? If you don't have the energy or the team, a professional mover can help with furniture disassembly, wrapping and transport, and reassembly after you arrive. Call us today to talk about your move!
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