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Safety Tips for Moving Furniture

How to Protect Yourself, Your Furniture, and Your Home

Heavy Lifting 101

You have a grand feng shui plan to make your home work better for you, but you need to move the furniture around to make it work. Before you start rearranging heavy items around your home, read these safety tips for moving furniture to save your back and walls.

Safety Tips for Moving Furniture

  • Make sure you and your helpers are comfortable. Just because you want to DIY your room redesign doesn’t mean you should. Furniture is heavy and a recipe for an injury if you’re not in the right physical shape for lifting. Many people throw out their backs by lifting items that are too heavy, and it’s easy to drop something on your foot if you’re not careful. Honestly consider if you are comfortable with your physical state and assuming the risks. And because you’ll likely need help, be sure to recruit someone who you believe could be physically ready. Ask them to be honest with you if they think they aren’t up for the task.
  • Get the right supplies. There are tools to make the process easier for you. Forearm straps can distribute the weight more easily, and you can get sliders to put under furniture feet to make it easier and safer to slide around. Plus, we recommend having a blanket to cover furniture to protect it.
  • Make a plan. Check threshold sizes, count steps, and know what your plan is before you start lifting and moving. You don’t want to get stuck in a stairwell trying to support a heavy piece of furniture while trying to figure out how to pivot around a corner.
  • Cover corners. Sharp corners of furniture are a recipe for nicked walls. Cover them with something soft to lessen the impact.
  • Tape drawers. Furniture drawers and doors that swing open can ruin walls and redistribute the weight unexpectedly. Try taping them shut with furniture-safe tape.
  • Lift the right way. You’ve probably heard this your whole life: lift with your legs, not your back. It’s true! Squat down instead of bending down to keep your back in the correct position.
  • Call JDog Junk Removal & Hauling. Skip the stress and have JDog Junk Removal & Hauling do the heavy lifting. In addition to hauling junk, we also provide labor services to help you safely move heavy items around your home, saving your back, furniture, and walls. The Veterans and Military family members at JDog approach every task with the same values we lived by during our time serving our country: Respect, Integrity, and Trust. Call us today at 844-GET-JDOG to schedule a service.