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How to Move a Sectional Couch

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Sectional couches are great pieces of furniture to own and they can completely transform your living room, offering up plenty of space to sit, whether you're curling up on the couch by yourself to watch a movie, or entertaining guests. However, their unique shapes that contour to the size and shape of your living room often mean that they can be large and cumbersome to move. The good thing about sectional sofas, though, is that they can be separated into multiple pieces, which can make moving them much easier.

Read on to learn more about what you need to do to prepare your sectional couch for the move and how you can safely and efficiently move your sectional.

Preparing your sectional for the move

Before moving day, you'll need to do several things in order to prepare your sectional for the move. To make sure that the sofa is moved safely and to avoid having it damaged during the moving process, follow these simple steps:

  • Remove all pillows and cushions. The first step in preparing your sectional for the move is taking all pillows, cushions, throw-pillows, blankets or throw-covers off the couch and placing them in large plastic bags. The plastic bags will protect the fabric of the cushions and pillows during the move so they arrive safely at your new home. Make sure that before you move your couch, you have removed anything that can fall off and become misplaced during the move.
  • Separate each section of the sofa. Slide the sofa apart until each section is separated from the others. Separating the couch to move each individual piece will make it much easier to manage on moving day.
  • If the sofa has a fold-out bed, secure it before moving. Some sectional couches will have beds that fold-out from under the cushions. If your sectional has a sleeper, secure the folding mechanism before you move the couch, to prevent the bed from unfolding while the sofa is being moved. This could potentially damage the couch or causing injury to the person moving it.
  • Cover each section of the couch with a protective sheet. The final protective measure to take prior to moving your couch is to cover each individual section with a protective canvas. This will prevent any stains, rips or tears during the move. The canvas can be made of either plastic or cloth, as long as it covers the entire surface of the couch and the fabric. Secure the cover to make sure it doesn't slide off during the move.

Moving your sectional sofa

Preparing your sectional sofa for the move is the easy part - the hard part is actually moving the sofa and getting each individual piece out of your home and loaded onto the moving truck successfully. Here are some tips on the process:

  • Take measurements of the each piece of the sofa and your doorways. In order to get the sectional out of your home and onto the moving truck, you'll first need to fit it through the door. Carefully measure each individual section of the sofa and then take measurements of each doorway that the couch will need to fit through in order to make it outside and onto the truck. If any of the pieces are too large to fit through the doors, you may have to change your plans.
  • Safety is always important. Prepare your home for the move by clearing the space of any hazards that can pose a problem for you or any movers who will be assisting you. That means clearing the floor of any moving debris and making a path for the movers to use when carrying the heavy sofa, so they don't trip over anything and potentially injure themselves or damage your sofa.
  • Be careful when moving the sofa. Practice safe moving techniques when it comes time to actually move the sofa. That means, if you're moving the couch yourself and with the help of others, you should use all necessary moving equipment to assist you with getting the heavy furniture out, like furniture dollies and moving straps. If you are lifting the sofa, remember to always lift with your legs and not with your back. Protect your hands and fingers with moving gloves and wear durable shoes or work boots to protect your feet in the event that the sofa is dropped.

To find some movers in your area that can assist you with moving your sectional, simply visit the front page of Movers.com and fill out our free and easy-to-use quote form at the top of the page. You'll then be contacted by up to seven moving companies that will provide you with a no-obligation estimate for your move.

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Robert Moreschi  Posted by Robert Moreschi on January 23, 2014

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