Preventing Damage from Giant Pieces of Furniture during Furniture Removal
Most articles of furniture are large and heavy, or at least moderately bulky and of medium weight. There are very few small, lightweight pieces of furniture except for the occasional stool, small hassock, or CD and DVD rack. Therefore, during a furniture removal, quite a bit of thought needs to be put into how to get the furnishings out of the rooms they are in, possibly down one or more flights of stairs, through doorways, along outdoor paths, and into a truck or moving van. All this must be done without damaging the furniture – or yourself.
You may leave furniture removal entirely up to the workers from the moving company you hire, but there are also frequent occasions on which homeowners or the occupiers of an office take a hand in moving the furniture themselves, also. You may want to move some objects closer to the door to speed the loading process, or perhaps you even want to move a few particularly prized items yourself so that you will know where they are at all times.
Regardless of how the arrangements are made, there are some useful methods that can be applied to the moving of heavy, bulky, yet sensitive objects which makes up the core of a furniture removal. Anyone from amateurs to experienced professionals might want to use these techniques.
Preventing damage to furniture and buildings during moving
While wrestling furniture through your house, down the steps, and out to the waiting truck at the curb, two tasks confront you. One of these is keeping your furniture from being damaged, and the other is keeping the items from inflicting harm on the paint or woodwork on their way past.
The furniture is given considerable protection by the bubble wrap which you have already (presumably) covered it in for just this reason. However, you can increase the safety of both your chairs, tables, and sofas and the doorframes they must pass through with several simple methods.
If you are planning on sliding the furniture over a smooth floor, obtain cloth pads to place under each leg of the item to be moved to keep it from scratching the floorboards or linoleum. Special sliding pads are available from some specialty stores, but if you are unable to locate these, a square of thick, soft cloth about 20 cm square will also work. Place a square under each leg or contact point, and watch to make sure they do not slip out while you are sliding the furniture across the floor.
An extra length of bubble wrap or a packing blanket can be taped to doorframes through which the furniture will pass, to lessen the chance of denting or gouging the frame. Be sure there is still enough room to fit the larger pieces of furniture through the gap, however, since this padding will lessen the space slightly.
Handling furniture on stairs
Getting a heavy piece of furnishing up or down a flight of stairs during a furniture removal is one of the largest challenges you may be called on to face while moving. Light pieces may be handled by one person, but a heavy piece requires at least two and possibly three. The person below the furniture will be supporting and lifting more of the weight, so the stronger individual should be placed lower on the steps and the smaller or weaker should stay higher. If the furniture is exceptionally ponderous or clumsy, then there should be two people below it on the stairs, and one above.
Although this may sound obvious, be sure to wear shoes with a good grip while carrying furniture up or down stairs, and make certain they are tied on firmly. Stumbling because of a loose, poorly tied shoe could potentially bring everyone crashing down the stairs, leading to damaged or destroyed furniture and probably injuries as well.
One strong person can potentially move furniture up or down stairs by laying a pair of sturdy planks on the steps, and tying heavy straps or ropes securely around the furniture. Stay above the object and slide it down (or up) the planks with the help of the rope. Though this is a risky method, it shows how ingenuity and some simple equipment can be used to tackle nearly any problem during a furniture removal.