Tips for Moving Your Couch Safely

Moving couches and other large pieces of furniture is a real challenge. It’s difficult, exhausting, and potentially dangerous (to you and your furniture). So no surprise that it’s one of the main reasons people hire the College Muscle Movers to take care of the hassles of moving.

If you’re taking on the job yourself, we’ve got some tips that should help you out and give you a better chance of getting that giant sofa where it needs to go.

Lifting Couches Safely

We’ve got a handy little article on safe lifting and it’s worth checking out before you try to pick up a couch or any other furniture: we briefly cover tools you can use, safe lifting techniques, and appropriate postures for dealing with heavy loads.

In addition to those tips, remember that you’re always going to want at least one partner to help you with long awkward shapes like couches.

Getting Through a Narrow Space

Hallways, doors and other narrow spaces are especially difficult—sometimes impossible.

It’s always best if you can plan ahead and measure the space you have compared to the dimensions of your couch before you move, or even before you choose your new home. Measure the height, width, and length of your sofa and the areas you’ll need to navigate through. Keep in mind that a soft couch should have a couple of inches of ‘give’ in it to squeeze through.

Pretty to look at, but not much fun to move through a hallway. Image Credit: Flickr
Pretty to look at, but not much fun to move through a hallway.
Image Credit: Flickr

If those numbers don’t quite match, there are a few options you have. It’s always a good idea to move furniture after removing everything possible, such as legs and detachable upholstery, so take care of that if you haven’t already and see if that gives you some extra space.

If you’ve still got a tight squeeze, use one or more partners to carefully maneuver the couch into different positions—turning it upside down, sideways, standing it on its end, anything that might give you the angle you need.

If that doesn’t work, you’re looking at more extreme methods. If you think it will help, you can try removing the door from its hinges to make more space. If you really love that couch, you can also consider options for having it disassembled and reassembled by an expert, or look into using a crane or other tools to hoist the couch in through a window or balcony.

Protecting Your Couch During Moves

Here are some tips to keep in mind for any couch move:

1. Wrapping your furniture in moving pads and blankets protects both the furniture and the walls from scrapes and rips.

2. Dollies and furniture sliders are a great help when moving furniture around open spaces.

3. Remove as much as you can from any furniture and store it separately for the move; this includes legs, covers, and cushions.


And as always, if you’re in the Minneapolis area, give College Muscle Movers a call at 1-800-818-8449 and we’ll take care of that difficult sofa for you.