Coming from someone who has moved into two apartments in the last two years, transferring oversized furniture like large couches, kitchen tables, and dressers is not  fun. It’s exhausting, expensive, frustrating, and physically straining.

I wish that I had looked into how to move furniture before actually taking the task on by myself (with the help of a few friends, thank goodness). Here are some tips and tricks for relocating  all of that heavy, hard-to-move furniture:

Measure Furniture

You’ve picked out the perfect couch, and you’ve brought along a few strong friends to help you move it into your picture-perfect apartment. Now there’s just one problem: The sofa doesn’t fit through the door. Uh oh.

Rather than living out this nightmare, prevent this scenario from happening in the first place by measuring your apartment door and your furniture before buying it. When you have these measurements, you can compare them  you run into any issues.

If it’s too big, you might have to search for some new furniture or get a storage unit.

Ask Friends for Help

Admittedly, your friends probably won’t be psyched about helping you move, but this is what friends are for. It’s especially helpful if one of your friends has a car or truck.

Offer your buds something in return,  even if it’s just a few beers or a free meal. You can even volunteer to help them move when the time comes for them. I couldn’t have moved into my last apartment without the help of my friends.

Moving my couch was a lot easier (and safer) with help than if I had attempted it alone. Especially because my building had no elevator. (And yes, that was as awful as it sounds.)

Take the Door Off Its Hinges

While it may not seem like it, door hinges take up a bit of space, and removing them can make it easier  to get a sofa, armoire, dresser, loveseat, etc., through the door. Bring a tool kit with you on moving day so that you can easily unscrew the hinges, and then reattach them when you’re done.

Experiment with Different Angles

Getting a large couch through a small or narrow door isn’t going to be the easiest task in the world, even if you’ve determined that the measurements work with the the door. Rather than slamming it through the entrance like the Hulk, try moving the couch around at a few different angles and experimenting to see how to best get it through the door.

This may take some time, so it’s good to be patient (which I know is easier said than done on moving day).

Remove What  You Can

Last time I moved into a new place and had to take my couch with me. The feet of my couch are removable, so I was able to unscrew those before the move. I also ditched  the couch cushions to take away some of the weight.

Without those feet, the couch was much easier to maneuver through hallways and doors. Before you start your move, see if any of your furniture can be disassembled to make the transfer a bit less stressful. Don’t forget that some drawers can be completely removed from furniture, which is really helpful if that piece is particularly heavy.

The same goes for beds, dressers and armoires. If there are any items inside the furniture, take them out. You don’t want anything falling out and breaking. When I was moving out of my old apartment, I forgot to empty out the drawer of a side table, and all of its contents ended up spilling out onto the pavement.

Think Past the Door

If you’ve tried to fit the furniture through your apartment door  at every possible angle, then consider another opening. Look around your new space– is there a big window you may be able to fit your couch through instead? And if so, does it  open? It is easily accessible? Get creative.

Wrap Your Furniture

Your bed frame, tables, and bookshelves have a lot of sharp edges and corners that could potentially scratch the walls of your brand new apartment. You’ll end up having to repair or pay for all those nicks and scratches later, so it’s better to prevent this from happening in the first place.

Wrap any edges, feet, or corners in a blanket or some bubble wrap to protect both your furniture and the surfaces of your new apartment.

Hire Professionals

If you have money in your budget, hiring professional movers could be money very well spent. Sometimes, they can even dismantle your furniture and then reassemble it inside your new place. You don’t have to worry about lugging around couches, tables and heavy dressers, and instead, you can leave it up to people who do move things for a living.

Make sure you book these movers enough in advance so that they’ll be available on the day of your move.

I hope you take my unfortunate moving experiences, as well as these tips and tricks, into consideration when you’re moving into your new apartment. If you properly prepare, moving large furniture doesn’t have to be a hassle.

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