Moving Heavy Furniture

July 20, 2008

Couple moving heavy cabinetRecently I needed to switch furniture in two rooms in my house. I have beautiful hardwood floors that are 57 years old and was afraid of scratching them. The furniture I needed to move (by myself) was heavy, big pieces and cumbersome. I thought about getting some of those mover thingies you put under the legs to move things but I didn't trust them to not scratch the floors.


On the day I started moving the small stuff, I was doing laundry. My bathroom rugs (non-skid back, fluffy top) were sitting on the floor by the washer and I had a light bulb moment! I took the rugs into one room and turned them upside down. I put a small table on top and slide the table into the next room. NO marks on the floor! I have a 5' sideboard which is super heavy and I managed to move that on top of a rug BY MYSELF!

So next time you need to move some furniture over hardwood floors just grab a bathroom rug!

By Teri from Long Beach, CA

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You can also use an old quilt or blanket - I've done that myself.

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May 4, 2010

When moving furniture on carpet, place a magazine with a glossy cover on all corners. This will make moving the furniture easy.


When moving furniture on wood floors, place a wash clothes folded in fourths on all corners and move with ease.

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July 25, 2019

I just read Jackie H's post for using washcloths to make moving heavy furniture easier. I think this is a great idea, and I have plenty of microfiber washcloths I got from the Dollar Tree @ 3 for a dollar.

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July 27, 2017

How to move a heavy piece of furniture when you are alone, without scratching hardwood floors. Use 4 facecloths, one under each leg.


Then you can gently push and pull with no strain, just let it glide smoothly along the hardwood floors. It really works beautifully!

A washcloth under the leg of a heavy piece of furniture, to assist in moving it.

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June 22, 2016

This page is about moving heavy furniture on carpet. You can make or buy sliders to help you move heavy pieces over all kinds of floors.

Man standing next to heavy hutch and boxes on carpet

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May 4, 2010

To help move heavy furniture more easily on tile or wood floors, lift just enough to slip a throw rug or one of those carpet samples, carpet side down, under the edge.

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