How to Safely Transport Furniture

Transporting heavy furniture is not an easy task, but following some of these tips can make it an easier and safer process. If you are a first-time home buyer, or simply moving out for the first time, it is important that you don’t hurt yourself or wreck the furniture or the house.

Don't Transport Furniture with Items Inside

If you are trying to move a bookcase, make sure you remove all the books from inside it. Although this one might seem obvious, a lot of people try doing this so as not to have to package as much. Same thing goes for furniture that has clothes or other items; this will only make furniture lifting heavier than needs be and items will most likely fall out in the moving process. Make sure you box up clothes and books until they can be placed back where they belong.

Shipping Cases

shipping cases

Shipping cases are furniture designed and can store chairs, stools, and tables all in one. This allows for more efficiency and room in the moving truck. Usually, the shipping case weighs around 30 pounds.


When carrying heavy furniture, you can easily hurt your back. Make sure you bend your knees slightly and lift with your legs, instead of your back. Your back should remain straight. To transport furniture safely, it is important that you stay safe, so also invite neighbors or friends to help you out.

Check Condition

It is important that you check for any existing damage to your furniture before transporting it. Record the damage and take pictures of it as well. With second hand furniture, make sure the seller includes all details of furniture damage to settle disputes later.

Take Apart

Removing knobs or any other protruding items from furniture is essential. This is important for glass items as well, because they can break easily. Make sure you place the knobs, nuts, and bolts in baggies and label them so as not to lose.


If you are using a furniture hauler to transport your furniture, they usually provide insurance to cover any damages or loss. The amount of insurance you want to pay is up to you. There are many different insurance costs and coverages you can choose from.

Moving furniture can be daunting, and the hardest task, but it is not impossible. If you’re careful, cognizant, and proactive, you can mitigate the challenge and make the experience almost enjoyable.

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