Moving a couch is a big job, especially if it's an oversized sofa or a sectional. Knowing how to move a couch safely and efficiently helps you avoid injury, and you'll protect your walls, doorways and couch from unintentional damage. Whether you're moving to a new home or just moving a new sofa into your house, taking extra care makes the job easier.
A little prep before you start moving can make the job smoother and protect your furniture. By taking off as many parts as possible, you make the sofa lighter and easier to move. And you make it smaller to effortlessly fit through doorways.
One option is to pull off removable cushions and legs. Removable sofa legs twist off easily. Make sure you put them in a safe place so you don't lose them. You may have the option of removing the backrest as well. If you have a sectional, take it apart into smaller sections.
Blankets wrapped around the sofa add a layer of protection when you're moving the furniture through your home. It also covers hard parts on the sofa like wood and sharp corners that can damage your walls. You can get furniture blankets from moving companies or use blankets you already have at home. Bubble paper and cardboard can also work to cover sharp areas. Use tape to hold the blankets in place while you're moving the couch.
Ways to Move the Couch
You can lift with your legs and carry the sofa by hand, but you can also grab some tools to make the job easier. Oversized furniture sliders let you push the couch smoothly over almost any type of flooring so you don't have to lift the furniture, and so you won't ruin the floor. Put a slider under each leg to simplify the moving process.
A furniture dolly is another option for moving the couch without exerting as much muscle power. Secure the couch to the dolly to keep it from shifting. The wheels help move the couch. Another option is a shoulder dolly or lifting straps. They help disperse the weight and make the furniture easier to lift. Use caution on stairs with this option, as the weight can become unbalanced.
Fitting Through Doors
Moving a large couch through a small doorway complicates the situation. Removing the legs makes the couch slimmer and keeps the legs from getting caught on the doorway. If your couch is still too big, you may need to remove the door from its hinges, which will give you a little extra clearance.
Changing the angle of the couch as you go through the door can also help. Instead of holding the sofa in the normal position, hold it at an angle. If you're moving a love seat, you may be able to stand it on end and rotate it or hook it through the door. Direct the back of the upright loveseat through the door, then turn it around the corner to help the rest of the piece fit through the doorway. The same trick works for a full-size couch, but you may need to tip it slightly if it's too tall to fit through the doorway standing on end.