While the lifting straps will make heavy objects easier to move, don't use them if you have a health condition that could be aggravated by stress. Moving can still be stressful on your body and you should be cautious of how your body responds.
Moving can be stressful, especially when trying to lift heavy objects. Making furniture lifting straps can help ease the stress of moving large, heavy pieces and will be better for your body. Bending over to pick up a heavy object places undo stress on your back, hands and wrists. Using furniture lifting straps allows you and a friend to carry the weight in your legs and forearms instead, making the object seem lighter.
Go to a hardware or auto parts store to buy a heavy duty nylon strap. Find straps with loops on the end and preferably without hardware. These straps are usually designed to hold cargo on trucks or lift heavy objects, like boats.
Place the middle of each strap under one end of the piece to be moved. You will need a partner for this and she should be on the opposite side from you.
Stand next to your side and pull the straps in front of you. If the strap goes higher than your elbows, have your partner come over and tie a loop on each side of the strap about where your elbows are. Do the same for your partner.
Put one arm in the loop so it rests on your forearm 1 inch from your elbow. Use your other hand to tighten the knot. Do the same on the other side. Have your partner do the same on her arms.
Lift the furniture using your forearms and place your palms flat on the object if it is as high as your arms. Synchronize this with your partner so equal weight is placed on both of you. The piece will still have weight, but will feel much lighter than just picking it up.
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