Everyone knows that moving can be quite a hassle. When you add moving heavy furniture items into your already filled up “to do” list, then things can quickly take a turn for the worse. There is just so much to do, and having to move large items might seem like an impossible feat. Not only is it tough, but it can also be very dangerous to do. You will also most likely need some special equipment, so getting everything ready will take even more time. When you are moving, time is an essential resource, so you will want to save as much of it as possible. This is why you might look into an article such as this! This is because today at Bluebell Relocation Services NJ we explain how you can transport your heaviest items with ease!
There are three ways in which you can move large items:
- you can do it manually, with the help of a friend;
- you can move large items by using furniture sliders and
- finally, you can use other equipment.
Moving large furniture items with your hands
Using hands to move heavy furniture like a safe is probably one of the most popular methods of moving these items, but it is also one that carries the most risks. Even though it may be the cheapest option since you are not buying or renting any moving tools, it will probably take the most planning too! First, you will need to figure out how you will lift your items. Consider the methods you will use, as well as the routes you will take. Then, you also need a friend who will be willing to give you a hand with this job.
In order to move large items, we recommend you use the high-low method. It is quite simple, but useful for items such as dressers and bookcases. All you need to do is tilt the item backward. Then, one person will carry the top while the second person carries the bottom. The important thing to remember, though, is that the bottom person needs to stay low. You need to keep the item at an angle while moving it – hence the method’s name. Why do you need to carry it this way? Because setting the furniture back up will be easier! Another perk is that this way, the item will better fit any staircase that you might run into.
We cannot stress enough just how dangerous trying to move large and heavy items can be. This is why we recommend you use moving services for this job. If you still insist on doing it yourself, then there are some things you need to remember. First, never lift an item if you already had issues with your legs, knees or your back. Make sure the same applies to your friend as well. Then, when lifting items, make sure you are using your core and legs – and not your back. Don’t bend from the waist because you can easily get hurt this way!
Furniture sliders can be a great investment
Another thing you can use are furniture sliders. These are the small square-shaped items that you put under the legs or edges of an item, and they will help you slide it around. You can find them in any hardware store – like Home Depot or Lowes. The regular ones are great for smooth surfaces, but you can also find specialized ones for moving across carpets or grass.
All you need to do after getting them is to put a slider under the corner of each item. The smooth edge of the slider should be against the floor, so it can reduce the friction when pushing it. This will help you move large items with ease. All you will need to do is simply push the item around.
Of course, having another set of helping hands will be great. So, if you can get a friend or residential movers to assist you, make sure you call them! They can help with pushing, but also make sure that an item is not going to tip over. Of course, you can lower this risk by pushing an item from a lower section instead from its top.
You can use special equipment to move large items
Finally, your third option would be to look into some specialized equipment for moving heavy items. The first thing you should look into is a shoulder dolly. You can use this item with a friend or a family member. It consists of straps that you attach to your shoulders, and usually a holder for an item in between. This way, you are taking the weight off your back – which you need to protect when moving heavy items. Since shoulders are a stronger muscle group, this makes moving your items easier. However, a thing to remember is that you should not use a shoulder dolly up and down the stairs. The weight can shift around and the person on the bottom will have to do the most work.
An easier thing to use is a moving blanket. It works similarly to a dolly, with the exception being you don’t need to even lift an item too much. All you need to do is lift it enough to slide a blanket underneath it. Then, you will pull the blanket, and your heavy item will move with it. Using the blanket, you will move large items with ease, but you will still need to be careful around the stairs.