If you only had to move small things like your clothes, toothbrush, and phone charger, nobody would ever complain about moving. But, it’s those big-ticket items—like your couch, for example—that make moving a complete pain.
Anybody who’s ever had to wrestle a sofa through a narrow doorway or up a steep flight of stairs knows that it presents a challenge on moving day. Luckily, there are a few things you can do to make getting that couch to your new home at least a little bit easier. So, here are five tips you should know before moving your couch.
1. Enlist Help
First things first, anybody who has ever tried to move a couch on their own will tell you that going it alone just isn’t recommended. You’ll need at least one other set of hands to help you move that bulky furniture. So, offer up some pizza and beer and get your friends to help out with some of the heavy lifting on moving day!
2. Lift Safely
The last thing you want is an injury from moving. So, it’s important to pay attention to the technique and methods you’re using to lift heavy items. You never want to rely solely on your back to hoist large pieces of furniture off the ground. That’s right—that old saying “lift with your legs” still holds some water. Take some time to research some tips for safe lifting before moving day rolls around.
3. Measure and Plan Ahead
There are few thing as frustrating as trying to wiggle a heavy, cumbersome couch through a doorway that’s way too narrow. But, you can save yourself from this stress-inducing moment of panic by doing some effective prior planning. Measure both your couch and any entrances or corners to ensure the furniture will actually fit in your new place. Then, take a few minutes to explain the plan of attack to your moving buddies. This will help you avoid straining and cursing in the heat of the moment!
4. Use a Shoulder Dolly
What’s a shoulder dolly? Well, it looks sort of like a set of backwards backpack straps that go around your shoulders and help you lift up bulky pieces. It’s a great way to stay conscious of how you’re lifting things, as well as free up your hands for any emergencies that come up while you’re carrying the item.
5. Protect Your Couch
Of course, moving a couch involves some serious work and quite a few tight spaces. So, you want to make every effort to protect your precious sofa from any rips, stains, or scuffs. Remove any detachable cushions so that they don’t come sliding off while you’re moving the unit. Then, use some plastic wrap or moving blankets to cover the entire couch. Damage to your couch? It’s just one less thing you need to worry about!
It’s true—blood, sweat, and tears are just a few of the things involved with moving a couch. But, put these tips to work, and you’re sure to be relaxing on those cushions in no time!
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