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5 Ways To Move Heavy Furniture Safely

Moving houses can be a strenuous exercise and when you aren’t prepared for the rigorous lifting and moving heavy furniture then serious injuries and damage can occur, including:

  • Back injury
  • Knee injury
  • Damage to your home
  • Damage to your personal belongings

Moving heavy furniture is a task best left to professional movers. Precision Movers has successfully been relocating Calgary residents across Western Canada for over 30 years.  Our wide range of moving services include:

We know first hand that moving heavy items can be dangerous, so if you want to take on this task yourself, please consider following our safety tips to help you avoid any bodily injuries and damaged furniture.

  1. Make a Plan

Sketch a floor plan prior to moving day with the correct measurements of your furniture and each room in your new home.

Be specific - Write down from which room in your old house to which space in your new one the furniture should be transported. This will save you the effort of having to move heavy furniture around the room unnecessarily.

  1. Use Furniture Sliders

Using furniture sliders makes moving heavy furniture simple and easy. Rather than straining your back, furniture sliders can be used to easily drag beds, tables, dressers and sofas across carpeted surfaces. 

How to use Furniture Sliders

  • Place the sliders under the corners of your furniture ensuring that the smooth edge is towards the floor. This reduces friction and makes sliding easier.
  • Once the sliders have been placed in the corners, you can begin to move your furniture. Ensure that you are pushing from a lower section rather than the top to minimize the risk of tipping.
Precision Movers Tip: Don’t have sliders? Make your own using plastic container covers or frisbees!


  1. Use the High-Low Method

Tall and heavy furniture such as a dresser or a shelving unit is tricky to handle and should always be done as a two man job.

When moving such furniture, tip the item backward at an angle and have one person carry the top while the other holds the bottom. This centres the weight of the furniture and prevents it from swinging out of control.

  1. Use Moving Blankets

Moving blankets are extremely helpful in protecting both your home and your personal belongings. Before moving any heavy furniture, wrap it completely in moving blankets and secure with stretch film or tape.

This keeps the corners of your coffee tables, dressers and cabinets damage free and prevents any dents or scratches in your wall.

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  1. Keep Yourself Safe

When moving homes, keeping yourself safe and injury-free should be your number one priority!

Follow these simple tips to prevent any injuries when lifting heavy items:

  • Squat first to lift the furniture, keeping your back straight.
  • Always lift using your legs, driving yourself up from the heels. Never lift heavy furniture using your back.
  • Hold the furniture firmly and close to your body.
  • Always lift the piece from its strongest point.

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Hiring a professional mover will always make the moving process much more efficient and safer.

If you’re moving into a new home, Precision Movers can help simplify your life and ease the entire transition.

For a FREE, NO-OBLIGATION quote, call us today at 403-540-4393.

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