10 Tips for Moving Furniture

Heavy lifting doesn't have to be back-breaking

Whether you're relocating or just rearranging, moving furniture is a big job. Use these simple techniques to move heavy, awkward items without wrecking your back, your house or the furniture.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Carry tall items high and low

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“Hook” chairs around corners

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Use a ramp and a rope

Construct a simple ramp from pieces of lumber or scaffolding planks to help maneuver big stuff up and down stairs and into your pickup. If you're moving heavy items by yourself, consider securing the item with rope tied to some sort of immovable anchor, which will allow you to lower or raise a heavy item and avoid a runaway disaster.

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Stand couches on end

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Pick up some “hump straps”

Moving and lifting straps (aka “hump straps”) take the weight off your back by relying on leverage and large muscle groups. They also leave your hands free to maneuver awkward items. However, they can be tricky to use on stairs because the weight shifts completely to the downhill mover.

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Don't carry or drag—slide

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Protect furniture with blankets and plastic

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Make a mattress sling

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Cut and fold a box spring

Is your box spring too big to fit in your stairway or around a tight corner? You could buy a “split” box spring designed specifically for this (and pay several hundred bucks) or cut your existing box spring and fold it so it fits. Sound extreme? There's actually a simple, ingenious way to cut and fold your box spring without wrecking it.

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Plan where it lands

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Cordless drill

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Moving blankets
  • Plastic stretch film
  • Furniture slides
  • Rope
  • 1-in. PVC pipe
  • Moving and lifting straps