How To: Moving Large Furniture Items

Moving from one home to the next, if by choice, is usually an exciting time in a person’s life. It sometimes means moving up and upgrading or moving to a new, thrilling destination. If you’re moving to a new home in Boston, or you’re moving to a new home in San Francisco, chances are you’ll need to employ some awesome moving hacks or at least hire the best Boston movers or San Francisco movers to do the hacks for you. Besides, moving in either busy city can be a feat in and of itself. However, no matter your end destination, lugging big furniture items from point “A” to point “B” will definitely require creative problem solving and muscles, of course.

Moving Rugs Depending on the rug size and rug material, it’s important to practice care when preparing a rug for storage. Using improper techniques will destroy the rug material, leaving you with ugly, irreparable damages. First, you must know to never, ever, not even once consider folding large area rugs. This can prove especially damaging for grass rugs or natural fiber rugs like sisal or jute because once the fibers bend, they’re weakened and may express permanent creases. Roll up the rug instead:

  • ~Flip the rug on its top  
  • ~Place a large blanket along the upward facing bottom  
  • ~Roll the rug with the bottom toward the inside (prevents damages to the bottom) 
  • ~If storing for a long period of time, wrap the rug in plastic or some other covering 

Moving Big Furniture & Bulky Items Moving big pieces of furniture is tough and even hazardous, especially when navigating through narrow hallways and skinny doors. Before you start flexing and heaving, make sure you fully think through your preferred moving method. Also, if the furniture or bulky item could be damaged easily (i.e. leather couch or thin television screens) wrap it in bubble wrap, a blanket or other protective material. If the item is used to store other gear (i.e. dressers, desks) remove the contents and shelves. Store the contents in the same box and label them for easy replacement. For large items with legs, place pieces of cardboard below each leg. Pushing and pulling should be option number one before moving to lifting. Sliding furniture allows the navigator(s) more control and creates less strain on the mover’s body. In some cases, the furniture item’s width could exceed the doorway width. If it’s been years since you last moved a couch out of a room or have since remodeled, this could be a potential problem. Many furniture pieces have removable peg-legs. Removing said pegs will grant you a few extra inches of space when trying to play Tetris with your gear. Furthermore, always try to tilt and angle longer furniture items as you don’t want to drag them against the doorframe.

18 comments

  1. Really it's very hard to move or transfer big furniture especially when transferring for another house.

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  2. Good thing we don't have huge area rugs because I will surely just roll them up without any protection at all. LOL. Thanks for the tip. For 5 years we've been moving from one apartment to another and now we have our own place. I though I wouldn't need to move furnitures, but I think I just love rearranging them included our dresses! OMG! I was able to move things alone - sofa, the whole bed set, cabinets.

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  3. we moved from one house to another 4 times already, and furniture damage/scratches is always my dilemma, later on i also learned the wrapping method aside from bubble wrap, cartons can be a protective wrap or covering too :)

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  4. this would make the work easier and faster too, with someone's help is the best way to have a hassle free moving.

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  5. Moving can be very stressful if you don't have the help from the pros. I have been there and gladly, there are great companies who can really help to make the move a lot smoother and easier.

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  6. Moving furniture and large items is sure not easy.

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  7. i don't know how we did our moving of heavy furnitures before when we did our floor, gladly, we did it safely.

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  8. I tell you, moving can be fun if you can take out the moving part hahaha. Pwede bang mag move na nandun ka na lang? But seriously, almost 10 years ago we moved and it was great with professional movers and packers. But after the fact, yun ang horror para sa akin. It is really good to hire the pros to take the big burden out of you.

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  9. Moving is not fun thing to do. We hired movers when moved to this house. It is ironic that the previous owner owns a moving company. It does moving makes easier than doing it by ourselves :-)

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  10. My husband bought a slider to move our furniture inside the house. When we moved out, so thankful the company of my husband paid all the moving cost when we got transferred.

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  11. Moving into a new house is always exciting but to move the furniture, it's never easy. It's still recommended to hire movers because they know what's best. :)

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  12. Moving is very difficult job for one person and that one person is not going to relocate his things by himself at all. Its better to hire professional movers so that they can take good care of your belongings. I have very good experience with Movers in North Vancouver. They really made it very comfortable for me.

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  13. Moving the big furniture items and machines is a cumbersome task because it requires a special vehicle for safe transportation of such articles. Therefore, whenever you feel the need of hiring a moving company, you must confirm that they can provide the best means of transportation at the reasonable prices.

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  14. When moving with large furniture items to your new place can be a hectic and troublesome task and if you have decided to do it by yourself, I think you are making mistake as it requires careful techniques which requires energy and time. However, if you choose packers and movers professionals you will end up with hassle free way of shifting.

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  15. Thanks so much for this article, this is just what I needed today!

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  16. Nice Blog. Moving from one place to another is a new experience and quiet stressful too. Now there are many professional moving companies that's provided a good service. Thanks for sharing this post.
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  17. The article is well thought i think of that since im in the process of moving, thanx House movers

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