Tips For Moving Large Furniture Yourself

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Moving large furniture can be tricky, especially when you're moving it yourself. Here are some tips to help you move large furniture easily and risk-free.

No matter where you are moving your household items to, whether it's into self-storage or straight to your new home, it is guaranteed that you'll have to move furniture and many of them. From smaller items like chairs and stools, sets of drawers and dressers, to large bulky pieces like sofas, beds and dining tables. Whatever the type of furniture you're moving, one thing's for sure - you'll need to put in lots of hard work because that’s not an easy job. Carrying heavy furniture is particularly difficult and requires some level of knowledge on how to do it properly without hurting yourself.

No matter how organised you are, or how many people you have to help, there will always be that one large piece of furniture that simply doesn't want to go where you need it to go. Maybe it is a large bedframe or wardrobe that needs to get down a narrow flight of stairs.

Or a glass cabinet that's incredibly fragile, a divan bed that you just can’t quite get through the door frame - there's always something that's difficult to move. And often, moving the furniture has to be done carefully to not only protect the furniture from damage but the house it's being moved in as well - it's so easy to scuff a wall while moving large furniture.

If you're going to move heavy furniture items to either a new house or a self-storage unit, and feel that you're simply unable to move the items yourself, it could be safer to hire professional movers. Perhaps you don't have access to a vehicle large enough to accommodate the items, or you don't have friends or family available to help.

If you’re moving furniture to storage then look out for companies that offer free collection and delivery to storage facilities. Or if you are moving straight into your new home check out prices for removals and storage services – they may be more convenient than you think. Whatever your reasons for needing help, if it's the best option for you then make sure you do your research and select a company that offers you good insurance and expert customer service.

If You Do Decide to DIY Your Move and Opt to Tackle the Big Furniture Yourself, You're Going to Want to Follow These Tips:

Prepare the Furniture

Any furniture that needs dismantling will need to be dismantled before moving day. For tricky or fragile pieces, this can take a lot of time so make sure you allow yourself enough time to do it properly. Make sure all separate pieces are packaged properly and labelled for easy reassembly.

Further readings:
How to prepare and store a mattress correctly?
What is the best day to move?

Prepare the Home

You should consider preparing your home by removing doors (where possible) and wrapping padding around areas likely to get knocked or scraped. Remove all items that might get in your way as well to ensure a clear path for the large furniture to move along.

Don't Try To Save Money on Packaging

Often people package large furniture badly which results in it being broken or damaged when it gets to its final destination. Although there are lots of areas of moving home where you can save money, large furniture packaging is not one of them. The furniture is some of the most expensive items in your home - it is worth investing a few extra pounds in protecting them properly.

Be Aware Of the Flooring

Flooring can often become damaged during large furniture moves. Carpets can easily become ripped and tiles and hardwood flooring can become scratched. In places, you cannot lift furniture, avoid dragging it and instead use trolleys or floor protection like cardboard.


Always think about safety first when it comes to such tasks and especially if there’s no professional and experienced person around you to help. These tips can lessen the back-breaking job of moving big pieces of furniture, but they don’t guarantee you 100% safety. That’s why it’s usually better to hire professional packers and movers to do these kinds of jobs.

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