Unloading Bulky Furniture Pieces
While loading a truck can be extremely tiring, unloading it requires special skills and equipment to ensure you don’t succumb to the force of gravity. It would be unfortunate if you fell down and broke some items as you came down the ramp. Unloading heavy and bulky furniture pieces like couches, cabinets and book shelves is especially difficult because of the weight, size and even dimensions. To avoid breaking your back, scratching the furniture and hearing that screeching voice on the floor of the truck, here is a step by step guide on how to unload heavy furniture items.
Prepare the furniture pieces
Assuming that you had taken off the moving blankets, bubble wrap and wrapping paper off from your furniture, it might be a good idea to wrap them again before unloading. You are bound to hit surfaces like the doorway, walls and even the sides of the truck when unloading and that can cause dents and fabric tears. Once your furniture is well wrapped and protected again, you can start to move it.
Use furniture sliders
More often than not, bulky furniture pieces are packed first so they will be in the farthest corner of the truck. Instead of carrying them all the way to the back of the truck and risking breaking your back, use furniture sliders. These are smart plastic tools that you place below the furniture piece and then you can slide it right out without much effort. The sliders eliminate friction between the furniture and the floor and also make it easy for you to move the pieces without actually lifting them up.
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Use moving straps
After furniture sliders have helped you to slide the pieces all the way to the truck door, you can either continue to slide them down the ramp or decide to lift them. Moving straps are your best bet if you want to lift the furniture pieces so you can put them down on the ground safely. The straps will transfer the weight of the furniture to your strongest muscles so you don’t have to hurt your back and neck.
Use a dolly
The last thing you will need to complete the unloading process is a furniture dolly to help you move the furniture pieces from the ground into the house. You can always just carry the furniture to the house if you have enough people to help with that and use moving straps but a dolly is a much better choice. Just get someone to help you lift the furniture a bit so you can place the dolly underneath and then push it straight to the house.
Tips for unloading heavy furniture
- Wear suitable clothes and shoes to allow freedom of movement and prevent accidents.
- Always lift with your legs and not your back
- Move slowly and carefully to avoid injuries to yourself and others.
Unloading heavy items especially furniture is not easy at all. If you don’t have enough friends and family to help you with the heavy lifting consider hiring professional movers who are not only experienced but also come with their own moving equipment.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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