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5 Great Tips To Safely Move Your Furniture

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Moving into a new home? You’ll love getting in and making the most of the backyard, but before you get to that you need to make sure you get moved in safely. So here are 5 tips to safely move your furniture.

Sliding Furniture is Preferable to Lifting It

Most pieces of furniture should be slid across a room rather than hauled across the room. While some professionals know how to lift heavy objects safely without causing serious injuries to their muscles, bones and spines. Because furniture can be so heavy, particularly older pieces of furniture, this will save your muscles and skeleton a lot of agony unless you know what you’re doing. Given as most people don’t know what they’re doing, this makes sliding furniture over lifting and carrying a pretty good idea.

This is not the perfect solution for all pieces of furniture, however, and smaller pieces of furniture such as light desks, computer chairs and foot rests are better served being carried. However, if you do lift furniture, it is a smart idea to use your legs rather than your arms and shoulders, as well as keeping your back as straight as you can.

Pull, Don’t Push

Pushing seems to be an obvious and far less painful solution to moving heavy pieces of furniture and for some lighter pieces of furniture, this is true. However, a specialized pulling routine can in fact be less painful and more effective than pushing. It starts by putting an arm on any side of the furniture you want, be it the back of a sofa or either side of a desk. Then, place your feet some inches away. When that’s done, brace yourself with yours and then lower your body, almost as if you were about to sit down. Then, pull yourself back, bringing your furniture along with you. Combined with sliders, be they focused appliances or makeshift devices, this can move even heavy sofas and beds with surprising ease.

Empty It Out

This one sounds obvious, but the human need for saving time and energy often fools us into thinking we should move the contents with the furniture. Don’t make that mistake. It takes time to empty out a piece of furniture, but it’s worth. It will be an easier move on your part, no matter how you’re moving the furniture. Further, it will reduce the odds that something will fall out and possibly even get damaged or create a huge mess that will only slow down your moving schedule. It takes time, but it is more than worth it to empty out furniture first before moving it.

Make it Easier on Yourself

When sliding furniture, there are ways to make the process easier. Sliding cardboard, towels or dish rags beneath a piece of furniture’s legs will make sliding it around far easier than it would be and less prone to serious damage to the legs than if you had simply begun sliding it around. Lifting the piece of furniture up to insert these simple tools is ill advised, but quite possible. Still, it is preferable to rock the piece of furniture back and forth slightly and carefully in order to slowly and gently insert the tool beneath the legs of the furniture.

Once you’ve got sliders under all four or more legs (furniture can in fact get some what strange these days), then you can begin pushing the furniture through your home as you see fit. On carpet, smooth cardboard is recommended as material for moving furniture around. When moving furniture across bare floors, towels and dish rags are preferred.

Magic Sliders

These devices are simple products intended to be placed beneath the legs of a piece of furniture that enable it to be slid across a floor with far, far more ease than it normally would. These devices can be both permanently affixed to furniture or moved into place like makeshift sliders temporarily, towards mostly the same results. Furniture with these devices beneath them, whether permanent or temporary appliances, move across floors with enormous ease, being able to be moved by virtually any adult human being, no matter how old, small or frail.

These devices are built for durability for obvious reasons and can last some years before needing replacement. However, these devices, even temporary reusable ones, can be quite costly and unless you can afford to equip all your furniture with these sliding devices, you will likely be spending a lot of time moving temporary sliders from one piece of furniture to the others.

If you live on the East Cost of Australia, and planning on moving interstate, we highly recommend you use a reputable furniture removalist company. There are a few around so it would pay to see their reviews. One in particular that we can vouch for is Brisk Transport because their service is of such a high standard. You can see them on Facebook if you’re into that sort of thing. We prefer to stay in the garden then moving heavy furniture. So get back to it and we’ll see you next post.

Simple Weekend Refresher Projects For Your Home

It goes without saying that there is something that feels really good about being able to update some of the areas around your home. Even though it may seem as though it has to take a lot of time and money, some simple spiffing up can actually be done within one weekend to give a whole new look and feel to the areas of your choosing. These are some quick ideas from The Two MenĀ handyman Brisbane that you can do on your own to enjoy a good weekend remodeling project. Just double check that you’re doing legal renovations

Drop Zone Storage

Most homes will have a drop zone area, much like the entryway. This is a spot where everyone comes in the door and they like to drop off items such as keys, gloves, bags, mail and more. If you want to have a great area for these items, yet you do not have the budget or space for an entry closet or shelving system, you can use a smaller scale table. Simply add some baskets underneath the table, add some hooks on the side for purses or bags and place cups or charging stations on top of the table for keys, phones and anything else.

Reorder Your Charging Area

Speaking of charging stations for handheld electronics, there is nothing worse than having a bunch of cords all over the place that everyone gets tangled up in. Think about getting a little creative with your drawer space by adding in a divider, power strip and charging dock to use for cell phones, MP3 players and other electronics. Simply drill a hole through the back and you can run all cords and tie them neatly so you have a space to charge and store without all of the mess.

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Hardware Update

Whether you are looking to add something to your bathroom or your kitchen, you will see that something as simple as changing up your handles and pulls can be a beautiful update. Look for something that is unique or eclectic. A great place to shop is at your local antique shop if you really want to add something special to the room of your choice.

Stairway To Change

Did you know that you can add something special to your stairway simply by putting some drama on board with fresh paint, embellishments or new railings? Pull up the old carpeting that is on your stairs, strip them down and add some fresh paint or some new stain. Look for salvaged architectural materials to give you some great ideas on ways that you can create a new feel for your stairs. Make sure you follow your local government guidelines as well – just to be extra safe.

No matter what, you are always going to see that there are plenty of ways that you can give your home an instant refresh with simple remodeling projects that you can complete in a weekend. All you have to do is take a look at some areas of your home that could use some help, either interior or exterior, and get going on a few much-needed changes. The rest will be history!