Tools for moving furniture

Written by louise balle
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Lifting and transporting furniture is one of the most onerous parts of moving. Even moving your furniture around within your home can be a huge pain. Thankfully there are a few tools, commonly used by moving professionals, that can help make the job of moving furniture less difficult for you. These tools can also help prevent back and body aches caused by the heavy lifting.

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Moving Pads

If all you want to do is move your furniture from one area of a house to another (on the same floor), buy furniture sliders (sometimes called gliders). When you place these small square moving pads under the four corner feet of your furniture, you can just slide the furniture across the floor to its new position. The top of each slider has a cushioned pad that holds onto the feet of the furniture until you decide to remove it. These convenient tools work on carpets and hardwood floors.

Four-wheel Dolly

The four-wheel dolly is a flat apparatus equipped with four wheels instead of the standard two common for a moving dolly. You can lift and place a large piece of furniture on the dolly and then roll it down a ramp. This reduces the time spent holding and carrying heavy furniture from place to place. This tool is best for moving out of an apartment or business that has a handicapped ramp or a large elevator that can accommodate the weight and height of your furniture.

Regular & Shoulder Straps

You can also buy hand straps and shoulder straps to help you move furniture. The hand straps wrap around both of your hands several times. You then run the middle of the strap underneath the furniture to lift and carry it to your moving van. A shoulder strap is a harness that goes across your shoulders and torso. The end of the strap must be run underneath the piece of furniture to connect with your partner. You both can then lift and transport the furniture more easily and securely. The purpose of these of straps is provide leverage on tall and very heavy pieces of furniture.

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