The proper way to lift furniture

The proper way to lift furniture - House Of Brands

If its moving homes, to getting rid of old furniture, or simply redesigning your home there is always a correct way to go about them, safely of course.

First things first preparation, we cant stress enough how important it is to make sure everything is prepped before you start lifting anything heavy. For your own safety we recommend you complete this following checklist.

  • Obstructions: Make sure no obstacles are present along the pathways, for randomly cluttered items can seriously jeopardize your safety and the safety of everyone else involved in the move. The paths outside your home should also be free of any debris, excessive dust, water, mud, snow, or ice.
  • have appropriate clothes: Select the most comfortable shoes you own – the ones that will give you the best protection possible. Go for closed shoes with rubber soles that offer good traction and flexibility. Sports shoes are usually great for the purpose. You should also make sure to not wear anything that will restrict your moving or get caught on something.
  • Ask for help: Lifting heavy furniture and packed boxes is not something you should do entirely on your own – it’s fairly risky, it’s rather dangerous, and it’s really unsafe. Ask good friends to give you a hand when you need it the most, and of course – promise to return the favour when the right time comes. If your friends cannot come to the rescue this time, you must consider hiring professional movers to avoid hurting yourself during the move.

Okay now you should be ready to start moving your furniture around, below are some helpful tips to reduce the probability of you injuring yourself or the property.

  1. Think before you lift: Make sure you have planned out the rout you are going to be taking to get your furniture from A to B, is it possible? if you are unsure then a measuring tap is your best friend. Is the load going to be to much for you to bear? don't try to prove to yourself or others how strong you are, if you cant do it don't.
  2. Keep a stable base: Make sure to keep a wide stable base with your feet ensuring you are planting your ankles into the ground. Your feet should be shoulder-width apart, this way the weight will be evenly distributed across your entire body.
  3. Proper form is essential: Having a bad form can result in injury when lifting something heavy. To have proper form simply keep your back straight, shoulders back and look straight forward. This will allow your back to sit straight well your lower body does the hard work. Remember bend with your knees, not your back. This is essential to avoid back injury well also allowing you to lift more effectively as your legs are much stronger then your back.
  4. Grip: Having a good grip is very important. If you lose your grip well lifting then you are at risk of dropping your furniture which can harm you or the person helping you so it is vital to have a firm grip before attempting to lift. To help with this you can get some work gloves that help with grip as well as protect your hands from cuts.
  5. Have Objects close to your waste: While moving heavy items try to keep them close to your waist, this is because it is close to your centre of gravity allowing you to maintain your stability.

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