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Moving Heavy Furniture: How to Use Moving Straps
November 19, 2017
You may not be a mover by profession, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use the same tools and methodology as the pros. For carrying heavy or bulky furniture with a partner, use moving straps. Moving straps are efficient moving tools that expedite the moving process. They also save wear-and-tear on your body. Sometimes called furniture lifting straps, the straps use your body’s strength and simple physics—leverage—to allow you to lift even heavy furniture with ease. Furniture moving straps lower the center of gravity of the item you’re lifting and allow you to maneuver it without excessive bending. There are two basic designs of moving straps: shoulder and forearm.
If you learn how to use furniture moving straps correctly, you will reduce your chance of injury and damage to your belongings. Here are 10 tips to use as preliminary guidelines:
Read the instructions on your specific type of moving straps before trying to move anything.
Make sure you have a clear path in which to move the item before attaching the straps. You will also need good visibility to know where you’re heading.
Wear shoes that provide enough grip to avoid slipping.
It may sound obvious, but be sure to measure doorways and staircases before you make the move.
Place the straps either across your chest and shoulders or forearms. You and your partner can help each other attach the other ends of the straps.
Lay the straps on the floor in front of what you are moving. With your buddy, tip the piece of furniture or appliance backward.
Move the lifting straps under the object, centering them, but placing each one near the outside edge of the item.
It is essential that you work in tandem with your partner. If you aren’t synchronized with your partner, it could cause injury from strain or you could drop the item.
When you are ready to move, take small steps one of you moving backwards and the other forward.
Again, working with your partner, bend your knees at the same time to lower the item to the floor when you have it in position. Keep your back straight to prevent strain.
Once you’re comfortable with these general tips, it is time to break down the instructions for the specific moving strap tool you’ll be using.
Instructions for Using xStrap ( Shoulder Moving Straps ) - please visit: