How to lift heavy furniture?
If possible, always ask someone to help you and use a dolly or a hand truck:
A hand truck or a square moving dolly could be good options depending on the type of furniture you’re moving. A hand truck (see pic above) is a piece of metal moving equipment that stands upright with wheels on the bottom. The handle is at the top and a platform to hold the furniture is at the bottom by the wheels. A moving dolly is a small square platform with four wheels.
- Be very careful with hand trucks. If you try to move a piece of furniture that is too large it could fall and crush you. Your strength will be keeping the furniture upright.
- Use a hand truck to move furniture by wheeling the platform under the piece of furniture you’re trying to move. A hand truck will work better for smaller bookcases, tables, heavy boxes and dressers. Lean the furniture against the hand truck and tilt the handle toward you. The furniture will lean with the hand truck and you’ll be able to wheel it around. This is much easier than pushing it.
- Moving dollys are easier to use. All you need to do is place the furniture on top of them and then you’ll be able to use the dolly’s wheels to push it around. Make sure you find a dolly that is large enough for the piece of furniture you plan to move.
- Having a friend to help you pick up the furniture would make the process of getting it on/off the dolly easier.
If you don’t have one and you must use your super strong muscles to move it, then follow these guidelines:
Never attempt to lift by bending forward. Bend your hips and knees to squat down to your load, keep it close to your body, and straighten your legs to lift. Never lift heavy furniture or objects above shoulder level. Avoid turning or twisting your body while lifting or holding a heavy object.