Moving Furniture

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 S. from Athens, G

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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.

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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.

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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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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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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.

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November 30, 2005

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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I would basically have the people lift off the heavy top and then slide the rug in place under the legs of the table. You will need two people do this task.

The rug should be laid out flat so that your can easily lift up the leg and slide it under the table.

If you can move the table top to another location it is also a good idea to move the table legs out of the way.

This will also depend on where the people are standing and if you have room to slide the rug in place.

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September 25, 2016

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

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September 25, 2016

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

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March 3, 2010

Since I have a bad back, I bought this little saucers that can be found at Walmart for moving furniture.

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May 27, 2010

On carpet, use cardboard under large pieces of furniture to move them from one room to another.

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