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Tips for Moving Large and Heavy Furniture

sofa-1603928_960_720When it comes to moving, furniture can be a pain. The weight makes it difficult to carry while the size makes it difficult to navigate. When you have to carry the furniture up and down stairs, it becomes even more difficult. If you have to move furniture soon, you may be looking for ways to make the process easier. DAK Self-Storage in Leesport is here to help. As a self-storage business, we know about moving furniture. We have gathered many tips and tricks over the years and would like to share them with you.

Remove All Items

Leaving items on shelves or in drawers while moving can make the process more difficult. More items mean more weight and more weight means more strenuous to carry. If you leave any fragile items in the furniture they may break when they get tossed around. Boxes of jewelry, beads, or other small items may also spill making a mess for you to clean up. You should always clear out dressers, drawers, and shelves before moving your furniture. Also, be sure to take the drawers out of the furniture or tape them shut.  You don’t want them to fall out during the move. Following these tips will ease the move and prevent accidents.

Disassemble Furniture If You Can

Large furniture is cumbersome. Certain pieces can be difficult to get around corners, through doors, or down the stairs. To ease navigation, it is a good idea to take the furniture apart. Making many easy trips is preferable to making one problematic trip. Taking apart your furniture can also make it easier to pack and store in a DAK Self-Storage. The smaller parts can fit more compactly than assembled furniture. If you still have the instruction manual be sure to keep it with your furniture. It can be helpful in the future when you need to reassemble your piece.

Invest In the Right Equipment

carry-1296561_960_720There are plenty of products out there that can make moving furniture easier. By investing in these products, you can conserve some energy and prevent injuries. Furniture sliders allow to you easily push couches, chairs, etc. across hard floors. They reduce friction to protect your floors from scratches and scrapes. Some hardware stores also sell sliders that can be used on carpet or grass surfaces.

Moving blankets help protect your furniture during the move, but can also be used as sliders. Rather than putting a slider under each leg, you simply place the furniture on top of the blanket. Then you can pull the blanket and furniture across the floor.

Dollies and lifting straps are helpful tools that greatly ease the moving process. With a dolly, all you have to do is get the furniture onto a platform, then wheel the piece across the floor. Lifting straps are less effective, but more affordable. They help spread out the weight, making the furniture less strenuous to lift. They also promote proper lifting techniques.

Moving Manually

If you decide to move your furniture manually, you will want to be sure to have at least one other person to help. If you have to navigate stairs or doors, it can be helpful to have a third person as a spotter. When lifting the furniture, be sure to lift with your core and legs. If you lift with your waist and back, you are more likely to injure yourself.

Be sure to find a good place to grip the furniture and angle the furniture in a way that makes it easy to move. With tall furniture use the high-low method. One person should support the top while the other person supports the bottom.  If you are moving furniture with angles, use the inner angle to hook around corners. This will make for a smoother moving process.

Move the Biggest Pieces First

One of the worst problems you can run into is not having enough room to fit your last piece of furniture into your DAK Self-Storage unit.  To prevent this problem you should plan ahead. Measure your furniture and calculate how much space you will need. Then choose and appropriately-sized DAK Self-Storage unit. If you need help with this step, a DAK Self-Storage employee would be happy to assist you. Be ready with a list of your items and their sizes.

Another helpful idea is to start with the largest pieces or pieces with many angles. This furniture is the most difficult to store. Get large items out of the way first, you can organize the smaller items around them. This will ease the packing and organization of your DAK Self-Storage unit.

Hire Professional Movers or Rent a Moving Truck

uhaul truck rental leesport paIf you are nervous about moving your furniture yourself, you can hire professional movers. You may also be able to persuade friends or neighbors to help. You will definitely want to consider renting a moving truck as well. If you are moving more than one piece, using your own vehicle can be both difficult and unsafe. Renting a moving truck is more convenient and will ease the moving process.

Store Furniture in a Climate-Controlled DAK Self-Storage Unit

When you store your furniture at DAK Self-Storage in Leesport, be sure to rent a climate-controlled storage unit. This will help protect your furniture and ensure that it comes out of storage in the same quality. Follow this link to learn more about cleaning and storing furniture: http://dakselfstorage.com/how-to-store-furniture/. DAK Self-Storage offers clean and secure storage units. We welcome you to visit our Berks County Storage facility before choosing to store your items with us. If you would like to view DAK Self-Storage’s available units, follow this link: https://ecom.quikstor.com/dakselfstorage/ShowAvailableUnits.aspx?action=rent.

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