Moving large furniture can be a hectic job. The task becomes much hard around tight spaces. By tight spaces, we mean spaces like the doorways or hallways where the width is not big enough for any large item to fit through. It may seem quite impossible, but with patience and right handling, you can make the large furniture to move around these tight corners most of the times. So never lose hope before putting in the effort. With these tips you can try your luck moving large furniture around tight corners, safely and easily.
Tips to move large furniture around tight corners
Taking Proper Measurements
Before you plan to get furniture, you would obviously need to take proper measurements of the space in which you intend to place the furniture. Also, you need to be careful if the route to the destination is suitable for having the piece of heavy furniture being moved. Though this is not always possible, you can still work on this aspect as you start looking for the furniture.
Seek Help from Someone
Sharing the task with a friend or relative can make the work get reduced. It will be better if one person holds the top of the furniture and let the other person hold the bottom of the furniture. This will help to center the weight of the furniture, so that you do not lose control. This can help those involved in the task to be easy around their effort around tight corners.
Never waste time turning the furniture around
As the furniture objects moving across tight spaces, the first thing that comes to anyone’s mind will be to try turning the furniture around to see if it fits that way. Now what you need to remember is that the furniture has a fixed dimension. Whatever is the position you turn the furniture around, the dimensions are not going to change. You can arrange the furniture up or down and still the dimension remains the same. Changing the direction now and then may not be of much help and it is better to keep the large furniture in exactly the same position that it has been to get this far. This will offer a better chance of moving the furniture around the tight corners, rather than wasting your efforts in the other way around.
Removing The Furniture Packaging
The packaging in which the furniture arrives is intended to protect the furniture during transportation. However once the furniture arrives home, the packaging can become a hindrance when trying to move the large furniture around tight spaces. The situation gets worse when the packaging itself is rigid which do not allow any movements, making manoeuvring the package a difficult task. Also, the packaging can add few inches to the already large furniture making it further difficult to move the package around.
What you can do is to remove the outer packaging and get the large furniture moved slowly and carefully. This will let you have the flexibility you want when moving the furniture around tight corners.
Using Blanket To Protect The Furniture
Now as the packaging is removed, you still have the chance to protect the furniture as well as the walls from getting damaged in the moving process. What you can do is to wrap around a blanket around the large furniture. This will prevent the sharp edges of the furniture from damaging the walls and also the tight corners from damaging the piece of furniture. This can also make it smooth to traverse the furniture through doorways or any tight corners.
Removing The Arms, Legs And Cushions
In modern times, most furniture comes with removable parts. If the larger furniture that you intend to move comes with detachable arms, legs and cushions, then your work gets easy. You can remove these individual parts and get the furniture moved around those tight corners with ease. If not removable, you can try unscrewing the parts and try moving the large furniture.
Though it may consume some time and effort to get the parts removed, it is better to follow this approach if possible. This will prevent the chance of the large furniture getting stuck around the tight corner, damaging the furniture itself, the walls or causing any injuries to you.
You can also look for armless models of furniture beforehand which can ease up the moving procedure especially around tight corners.
Removing The Excess Weight
The inside areas of the furniture may have excess weight. Removing them is another way to ease up the process of moving large furniture around tight corners. You can remove any extra weight like the drawers in the dresser or the mattresses, footboard, etc. from the bed. This will reduce the weight of the large furniture and will make it easy to manoeuvre the furniture.
Squeezing The Padded Areas Of The Furniture
Furniture may have a lot of padded areas. By compressing these areas, there is chance that you can reduce some extra inches which can trouble you when moving around tight corners. You just need to be careful with your effort as to not to damage these parts by applying way too much pressure.This may not be always helpful especially if the padding is extremely rigid, however you can try your luck with the same.
Moving Furniture Around Tight Corners Using Equipment
Now that we have tried our luck with the above mentioned tips, you can also make use of specific equipment to carry out your task of moving the furniture around tight spaces. These equipment are usually intended to carry out the work by a single person without taking help from someone. Let us see what all equipment can help you out in the process. Based on your need and circumstance any of these may come to your aid.
Using Furniture Dollies
You can try using furniture dollies to move your heavy furniture around tight corners. They can ease up the effort as well as time. In most cases, a single person can carry out the task.
Oneon Furniture Movers comes with an extendable lifter, 4 dollies, 3 jacks, non slip pad and protective mat with ABS + Steel+ TPE construction. Designed to move heavy furniture with ease and maneuverability, it operates quietly without leaving any scratches on the floor. Each of the four dollies has a carrying capacity of 220 lbs. which accounts to a maximum weight capacity of 880lbs. It comes assembled for easy use. The lever principle is utilized to easily lift heavy items without causing strain to your back, knee and arm. The omnidirectional furniture rollers can rotate 360 degrees freely, letting you move the heavy furniture wherever you want. The foam pads offer additional protection while moving delicate items. With the space saving storage design, you can save much space.
SpaceKeeper Furniture Mover System is another similar option to move your heavy furniture. A lifter, four swivel caster wheels and four jacks are included. With the polyethylene caster wheels, the furniture dolly has a holding capacity of 500 lbs. As the caster wheels swivels, it can make way for easy maneuverability. Each mover dolly bears 3 black anti-slip pads offering better grip preventing the objects from slipping away and protecting the furniture. Heightening pads also comes included. You don’t have to worry about damaging the furniture or the floor. With this furniture dolly system, you can have easy movements around tight corners as well as through the doorways. The easy to store furniture moving system saves space.
Using Furniture Gliders Or Sliders
Furniture sliders or furniture gliders are special pads fitted under the legs of the furniture for easy movement. They are usually made of materials like plastic, rubber or felt. They prevent scratches to the floor as well as make it easy to manoeuvre the heavy furniture around tight corners.
With Slipstick Premium Furniture Sliders, you can move the furniture across any surface with ease. Out of the 16 heavy duty sliders, 8 are of plastic which is well suited for carpet floors, 8 are felt sliders for use on hard surfaces. They have a weight capacity of 1000 pounds per 4 sliders which will let you move even the heaviest furniture! The specially formulated rubber foam coaster tops offer a secure grip to bottom of furniture which provides a safe and secure support during movement. With the durable design and the premium materials it can cater to lasting use.
Another option is the Furnaid Furniture Lifter Slider Set which is built from high-quality materials, letting to be used on any type of floors. The easy to use system will cut down your efforts. Though made of heavy duty materials, it is strong as well as lightweight. Each furniture mover roller has a weight capacity of 660lbs. The moving process involves three simple easy moves: (1) using the Furnaid lifting tool and lifting the furniture legs high enough (2) then, sliding the furniture roller pads under the legs of the furniture and finally (3) moving the heavy furniture gently to the desired position. While the included wheels allow it to be used on hard surfaces, the carpet adaptor pads allow it to be used in rugs and carpets. They allow easy furniture movements without scratching the floor and with good command over the maneuverability. The furniture lifter slider system does not consume much space and can also be stored with ease.
Using Other Spaces
This method can be of use especially if you live in an apartment block. You can ask help from your neighbours. There is no problem asking them if they mind opening their doors to move the heavy furniture around as it can be a much more easy process. You can also trying getting the furniture out by opening windows if they offer better and larger space. You can also try unscrewing the windows or doors and try the moving process if you think it can be of help in any way.
Hiring Professional Furniture Movers
This is something you can consider if you need to be off all the efforts. Also, at times even if you put in a huge effort, even then you may not be able to move the furniture around the tight corner. However this easy option comes at a cost. What you need to do is to contact the professional furniture mover and getting the work done by them. They have the necessary skills and techniques for easy movement and manoeuvring of the furniture around tight spaces. You can trust them with their work and take the back seat while they do the work for you. These professionals get paid for the work they do. You can be at ease that there is not much mess involved.
Proceed Gently With Good Care
This is something important you need to follow under all circumstances. We have seen many tips that will help you in your hard work. However, whatever be the option that you choose to move your furniture around tight corners, be gentle, slow and careful in your approach. Never be in a hurry as it is rightfully said that “Hurry Spoils Curry”. Moving furniture around tight corners is never going to be an easy process so that you can hurry up with your work. If you hurry up, things can become more difficult for you and result in wasting time and effort. You may also injure yourself, the piece of furniture you are getting moved or the floor. By carrying out proper lifting techniques in a gentle pace, is what smart work means. Have a secure and firm grip of the furniture. Have good communication with your partner. When you are manually lifting the furniture and moving it, bend your knees so as to have better balance. Also, what you need to do is to straighten your back so that it is aligned to your hips. Also, make sure that you do not end up lifting the furniture above shoulder level. Ensure that the sliders if used are properly attached. Also try pushing the furniture and not pulling it. Remember to move slowly and never be in a hurry. Thereby you can ensure that you perform your task well without ending up in a disaster.
We have seen some of the best possible ways to move large furniture around tight spaces. The work involves trial and error approach which may seem to consume much of your time and effort. However, you will surely find success in your efforts, no matter the time and effort it takes. You can take help from someone so that the effort gets halved. You can also look for equipment if you feel that they may help with your efforts. They are affordable means to get your work done in no time and minimal efforts. You can also seek help from professional movers if you do not want to take up the stress and effort. This may consume much more costs. So you are never short of options. You have different methodologies to carry out with the work. You just have to figure out the best option that suits your needs and space constraints as well as the furniture under consideration. After your effort becomes fruitful, you can sit back and enjoy the results of your hard work. Remember, “If there is will, there is a way”. This hold true for whatever is the work involved. It may never be the easiest process; also it is never the impossible.