Rearranging furniture is an effective way to freshen a room's appearance and functionality without spending any money on new pieces. You might choose to arrange your furniture differently if you've simply grown tired of your old arrangement or if you've just moved into a new home and haven't decided on the ideal setup yet. Either way, moving furniture alone can be a serious challenge. Taking advantage of the tips below will allow you to rearrange furniture without help, all while keeping your floors from being damaged and your muscles from being strained.
1Disassemble the furniture as much as possible. Heavy pieces should be taken apart if possible to lighten their weight and prevent pieces from falling off while you move them. Remove shelves from bookcases, cushions from sofas, drawers from dressers, and hutches from desks, for example.
2Protect delicate pieces of furniture by wrapping them. Some pieces of furniture may have fragile or delicate parts, like the glass top of a coffee table or the doors of a china hutch. Before moving these pieces of furniture, you may want to wrap a blanket or bubble wrap around the fragile components.
3Utilize furniture sliders whenever possible. Furniture sliders are small pads, usually made from plastic and rubber, that can be placed underneath furniture legs for easy sliding. These are crucial for moving furniture alone, as they allow you to avoid straining to lift bulky furniture and scratching your floors by dragging furniture across them.
4Shove blankets underneath the furniture for sliding. Another option that allows you to slide furniture across floors without damaging them is using blankets. Stuff thick blankets underneath the legs of a piece of furniture before sliding it to its new location.
5Use a hand truck or dolly to move pieces long distances. Perhaps the safest and most effective way to move large pieces of furniture alone is by using a hand truck or flatbed dolly. When using a hand truck, position the furniture as vertically as possible so that the weight bears evenly onto the hand truck. Dollies should be placed against walls when loading them so that they do not roll away.
6Ease furniture into place by "waddling" it. Once you have got the furniture moved and you want to adjust their locations slightly to perfect the arrangement, avoid the temptation to simply drag the furniture that last little distance. This can easily damage your floors or your furniture. Instead, carefully lift one side of the furniture and move it slightly. Then, lift the other side and move it a bit, and repeat this process until the furniture's location is perfect.Advertisement
- Before moving any furniture alone, make sure that you know where everything is meant to go. To avoid wasted time, effort, and potential damage, it helps to move pieces to their new homes as efficiently as possible.
- When lifting heavy furniture by yourself, always aim to keep your back straight and use your leg muscles to power the lifting. Lifting using your back muscles vastly increases the risk of injury.
Things You'll NeedEdit
- Blankets or bubble wrap
- Furniture sliders
- Hand truck or dolly
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