Moving isn’t anyone’s idea of a walk-in-the-park. In fact, even the most adventurous families tend to dread the thought of packing up and moving the entire house. While moving most household items includes wrapping and boxing, furniture is probably the most challenging thing to move in a home. Furniture can be large, heavy and awkward, so a good deal of thought and preparation must be used to ensure that the task goes smoothly. The last thing you want to do is damage expensive furniture or even the home itself. Here are some tips on how to move furniture, dealing with specific types and pieces that you will probably be dealing with.

Living Room Furniture

Some of the largest furniture in your home is probably the pieces in your living room set. There are several ways to properly move couches, chairs and love seats.

First, remove all loose cushions and pillows, wrapping them in plastic, if available. Barring that, you can use extra blankets, linens or even tablecloths to protect these from dust, dirt and grease. Set aside the cushions for now. Turn the couch on its end, removing any feet that may be present. In most cases, the feet are easily removed by unscrewing. Place these with the cushions; you can replace them before packing the furniture, or you can bag them and pack them with the cushions.

To remove your living room furniture from the home, measure the most accessible doors to ensure that you can easily clear the area. You might have to turn the furniture sideways to wiggle it out. Take it slow to avoid damaging the furniture or the doorway. If necessary, wrap the couch to protect it from dust and store all parts in the immediate area to facilitate easy unpacking.

Dressers

Dressers can also be challenging pieces of furniture to move. There are a few things to keep in mind to make this easier.

Remove all clothing, packing it separately in suitcases or boxes.
Tape the drawers closed to avoid shifting.
Remove any feet that might be present.

Book Shelves

There are several techniques that making moving book shelves more efficient. The first thing you will be dealing with is the tiny bits of hardware, such as the pegs that support each shelf. Remove these all at the same time and place them in a small baggie. Close this baggie and tape it securely to the inside of the bookshelf with simple packing tape. This should easily come off and you won’t risk losing any of the hardware necessary to put the shelves back together. The shelves can be placed on the bottom of your bookshelf for transporting.

Piano

If you have a musician in the family, moving a large instrument like a piano can be enough to make anyone nervous. Extreme care should be taken to properly move the piano, ensuring that you have enough help to keep everybody and everything safe. Pianos are very heavy, often more so than you would expect, so having too many hands is not possible.

Before you do anything, remove the fronts legs on the piano. Don’t worry; it won’t tip. These legs are mostly for looks and provide only a small bit of support for the piano’s keyboard. Piano legs are often very spindly and prone to breaking when the instrument is moved, so wrap them and carefully set them aside. You can then more easily lift and move the rest of the instrument without risking damage. Uprights and other standard pianos can probably be moved by a handful of strong guys. If you have something like a baby grand, leave it to professionals.

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