Answered by Robert MoreschiSeptember 25, 2013
Dining room tables can vary in size and weight, ranging from the smaller, rounded tables to the larger, more elongated dining room tables. The size of the dining room table you have will probably depend on the size of your family and how often you entire groups of people for dinner parties and holidays. However, the actual weight of the table will largely be determined by its size and what it is made of. On the average, dining room tables can weigh anywhere between 180-250 pounds.
Because dining room tables tend to be so heavy, they can be extremely difficult to move. When moving a large, heavy piece of furniture such as a dining room table, you must be careful not only to avoid damaging the table, but to also avoid damaging your home when moving it out.
Preparing your dining room table for the move
- Remove all additional parts and separate table top from legs, if possible. With some dining room tables, you can separate the table-top from the legs and rest of the table. If this is possible, you should do so, as it will be easier to wrap and move when in separate pieces. Also, if the table has a leaf that is added to the middle of the table for more space, remove that as well and pack it separately.
- Wrap the table-top and the legs to protect them during the move. If the table is made of wood, you can use moving blankets, towels or cloth to wrap the table. If the table is not made of wood, you can use bubble wrap or plastic wrap to protect the table from being scratched or damaged during the move.
Moving your dining room table
- Use caution when carrying the table and moving it in and out of the house. Even if you've taken the proper precaution in wrapping the table and protecting it, you should still be careful about moving it out of the house. A dining room table is large and heavy and can damage your walls, floors or other furniture if you are not careful. Also, have a few friends or family members help you with moving the table -- at least two people on each side helping to carry it.
- Hire professional movers to lend a hand. Large, heavy items like dining room tables are difficult to move on your own, which is why it's always a smart idea to hire professional movers and packers to handle it for you.
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