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Moving furniture safely, for you and your floors, is often a daunting undertaking. This is a guide about moving furniture.


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August 4, 2012

The last two times we've moved, it was a breeze when moving the furniture! I took graph paper, counted each square on the graph paper as 6 inches. I then measured each piece of furniture and cut a template for it using the 6 inch rule. I measured the size of the rooms we were moving into, and using the 6 inch squares was able to place our furniture in our new place beforehand so we knew exactly where each piece would go. This way, if it didn't fit on the graph paper, or didn't look right, it wouldn't in the new place. We moved, placed the furniture where it showed on the graph paper, and no hassle!


By Marti from Athens, G

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April 6, 20130 found this helpful

When using graph paper for interior design, each block should represent 12". The way you do it is fine but a little more work. I am retired now but use to do interior design.

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December 11, 2009

Keep all of your plastic lids. They are very handy to place under furniture when moving it around. They are slick so furniture will glide easily even on carpet, and they will protect your wood or vinyl floors.

By Tricia from Ridgeway, VA

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December 11, 20090 found this helpful

I prefer to use a towel or blanket to slide furniture across a nice floor that I want to protect. I've used plastic covers like you suggest, but if there are any particles such as dirt, grains of sand, or similar under the lids, they can scratch the floor as you slide the furniture because they are trapped underneath from the weight of the furniture and grind into the floor.

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June 19, 2012

I injured my right shoulder in November 2010 while moving an antique iron bed with the mattress and box springs still on it. With that injury, I then had three cortisone shots, X-rays, an MRI, and weeks of physical therapy to help get use of my arm again. Luckily, there was no damage to the rotator cuff. The pain was awful and the costs ridiculous.

Then one day, I saw a commercial for E Z Moves Furniture Moving System on TV. OK, I am a self-proclaimed "Doubting Thomas" and do not usually buy "As Seen on TV" products. But, I saw it advertised in our local Kmart weekly ad and decided to buy one. Price $19.99.

I put the lifter together and proceeded to put four sliders under the corners of my chest freezer which is half full with food. It was so simple that I could not believe it. I was able to slide the freezer away from the wall, clean behind it, mop the floor, and slide it back into place RIGHT BY MYSELF!


Don't be foolish and injure yourself like I did. Try the E Z Moves for yourself! My husband and I have recently used it during a redecoration of our home's second story. We moved an antique Murphy bed, which weighs a ton, without any problem to either of us.

I have told all my friends about this product. Try it for yourself.

By Southeastgeorgiapeach from Jesup, GA

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June 22, 20120 found this helpful

It wasn't an infomercial. Just a regular commercial. Have not seen it lately though.

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February 8, 2011

When I bought 3 coffee tables at a thrift store, I had 3 huge panes of glass that I had to safely transport home. The table bases fit in my car, but I didn't have anything to protect the glass.


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May 27, 2010

I could not find my furniture sliders quickly, so I used DVD movie cases (black sturdy vinyl ones) to move my very heavy dining table. I opened the cases and put each leg bottom on the solid half of the case.


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January 7, 2011

To arrange furniture in a room, make a graph paper plan of the room dimensions. First, measure the room's walls in feet to get the accurate floor plan. Next, scale down each foot of wall space to 2 boxes on the paper and draw the outer dimensions of the room.


September 25, 20160 found this helpful

Man and woman carrying a large couch

This is a guide about moving a large couch into your house. Moving large, often heavy pieces of furniture can present you with a variety of challenges.


September 25, 20160 found this helpful

Couple moving heavy cabinet

This is a guide about moving heavy furniture. Moving heavy furniture can be a challenge and can cause damage to you or your home if not done wisely.


November 30, 20051 found this helpful

This is a tip for sliding furniture across floors that you don't wish to damage. Save cardboard milk cartons and cut the top of off four of them. Then slip a milk carton bottom under each leg of the furniture.


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November 4, 2005

Stand sofas on end to reduce the space used. Wrap them in plastic to prevent them from getting dirty. If you are moving a dresser, remove items from drawers to make them much easier to move.



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September 15, 2015

So we finally purchased a rug to put under our dining table. The problem is that the table is extremely heavy, the table top is stone, 8 feet long, which is not attached to the wooden base. We must lift the stone top first, then the base, and then place the rug. This seems like an odd question, but in realizing we need to invite 6 people over to help us with this task, I want to know the best way to do this. Should we just have people lift up the table top, and the base and we shimmy the rug underneath, or is it best to move the table to the other side of the room, place the rug and then put the table back?

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March 3, 20100 found this helpful

Since I have a bad back, I bought this little saucers that can be found at Walmart for moving furniture. You lift a small corner of the entertainment center up and slip one of these saucers underneath to each corner. These saucers come in all different sizes and all round. They have a smooth side and a rubber side. Put the smooth side down on the floor with the rubber side up. You can rearrange your living quarters in less than 10 minutes with these. These are great. Otherwise, I would have to wait for my husband to get home to move furniture around the house. This way, I can surprise him each time he does come home. Now, he hid them from me because I tend to move furniture a lot. I believe I got them in the furniture or hardware section at Walmart. Good luck!

By Bonnie from Norman, OK


Moving Furniture Around Your House

I love those little slide things! I found some at the dollar store called furniture robots and got them. I can even move my king size bed by myself using those little wonders, they're amazing. (06/05/2008)

By bluealt

Moving Furniture Around Your House

This is a great reminder that I had completely forgot about because I never had a reason to use them. But now that I am retired and sharing my home with a husband and five cats I have good reason to want to move furniture frequently and check what is underneath the couch or bed. I can't wait to make my suspected discovery's and rearrange furniture so it is more practical and pretty!

By Penny Foss

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May 27, 20100 found this helpful

On carpet, use cardboard under large pieces of furniture to move them from one room to another. I was able to move a large and heavy entertainment center by myself utilizing this method.

Get a big box and break it down, so that you have one or two long pieces. Tip the furniture up far enough to place the cardboard under it. Now think about which end you want to go through the doorway first.

I moved the entertainment center from the living room to a bedroom. If I had taken the wrong end in first, I would have had to stand the mattress and box spring on end to have space to turn it around. A little thought in advance saves a lot of work.

On hard surface floors, tip the furniture piece and place a throw rug or heavy towel under it. Then you can easily slide it where ever you like.

Remember to protect your back. Pulling is easier on it than pushing.

By Suzie from Bellingham, WA

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