Have you ever sat at a big, heavy piece of furniture and wondered how to move furniture by yourself, without the need for extra people? Or without injuring yourself in the process? I know I have, sometimes because extra hands aren't available, and other times because I don't have anyone to call - and I'm sure not interested in paying a professional company to come over and move a hutch!
Over the years I've learned how to move heavy furniture by myself, mostly out of necessity. So if you find yourself in the same position, hopefully these tips will help.
Protect Your Back. No matter what you're pushing, pulling or lifting, always make sure your back stays straight. Tense your abs up if need be (that's what weightlifters do when lifting heavy weights to keep their backs tense). And never, ever, lift from your back, or use any twisting or jerking motions. Always lift with your legs or, if somethings light enough, your arms, but never your back.
Does The Furniture Slide? Sometimes it's possible to simply slide the heavy piece of furniture to its new spot. But take extra precautions to make sure that doing so won't tear up your flooring material. Moving stuff around won't be as sweet if you destroy your carpet, tile, linoleum or hardwood floor in the process. If you can slide it, make sure you push or pull from the lowest possible point, well below the center of gravity. Exerting force too high will tip it over - hopefully not on you!
Use A Furniture Jack. When I first wondered how to move heavy furniture by myself, I didn't realize that there are several tools available for this specific job. Many are actually fairly cheap, and even more are available at local tool rental shops. Furniture jacks, furniture scissor lifts and other furniture moving tools make the job incredibly easy. Even though they all work a little different, the premise is the same: Let the tool do most of the work! You'll be surprised at how easy moving heavy furniture is when you've got the right tools for the job.
Use A Hand Truck. If you don't have access to furniture jacks or lifts, often times a basic hand truck will work wonders. Just treat the piece of furniture like a heavy package; slide the tongue under the bottom, tilt it up and move it. But be careful, if you're inexperienced using hand trucks, using one to move heavy furniture might be too steep of a learning curve right off the bat.
Use A Dolly. Dollies are great, they are basically carts that you can use to move heavy objects over long distance, but with the advantage of wheels. If you are moving your heavy furniture a considerable ways (perhaps all the way into a different room, or even out to a moving truck), it's probably worth considering a dolly. Simply lift the furniture off the ground using a jack, or, if you're temporarily strong enough, use your muscles, and then place it squarely on the dolly. The wheels should turn freely, meaning you can roll your heavy furniture where ever you want.
How To Move Heavy Furniture: Other Ways
So far I've discussed ways how one person can move heavy furniture without the need for a second person. But that doesn't mean these tips will always work. Sometimes there's no way to avoid the need for a second pair of hands (or a third or fourth). If you can find someone willing to help, why not utilize him or her?
Plus, sometimes you either might not feel comfortable moving heavy furniture by yourself, or it's quite literally too heavy. Regardless, there's no substitute for extra people.
And if all else fails, you can always hire a professional handy man or mover to come take care of the job. It's what they get paid to do, afterall, so you can rest assured they'll get the job done safely and completely. Just make sure they are reputable in your area and that they are insured. You should be able to find a great pro by using your local phone book or an Internet search engine.
And to prove that there is more than one way to skin a cat:
Take The Furniture Apart So You Can Move It Yourself. Seriously. I've done this more times than I can count, and it's always worked wonderfully, assuming the furniture comes apart. What seems like an unmovable mountain can become several pieces of manageable parts with a screwdriver. Obviously don't do this if your piece of furniture doesn't come apart, or could topple as you disassemble it, but if it's a viable option, why not? Just make sure you don't harm it during the disassembling process. I recently moved a giant hardwood armoires this way. The thing must have weighed at least 300 pounds, and as I sat there wondering how to move heavy furniture myself, I noticed the hinges; so I took the doors off, then the front fascia, then the decorative top. By the time everything came apart it was very easy to move, and just as easy to reassemble in the next room.
Tear Down Walls To Move Furniture. Sure this is very unorthodox, but if it's your only choice, why not give it a try. When a friend of mine needed to move a grand piano, he found out that it wouldn't fit out of any door in his house - let alone through the hallways. And taking it apart was clearly out of the question. His only course of action was to tear out the exterior wall of his living room! Granted you probably won't find yourself in such an extreme situation, but I'm throwing this in just so you know that all hope is not lost if the above ideas don't provide the solution you need.
Now that you know how to move heavy furniture by yourself, go out there and get the job done - just be sure to stay safe in the process.