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How to Move a Couch

Posted: July 7, 2022
A family plays on their lawn as movers unload their couch.

Whether you have friends or family members helping you, or if you’re on your own, you can follow Moving Help’s tips on how to move a couch to save yourself some trouble come moving day.

The more time and preparation you take to move a couch or to get a couch through a door before you move a couch, the easier it’ll be for you. 

What You Need to Move a Couch

Before you even begin to lift a couch, you’ll need the right equipment. Below is a list of items to consider purchasing or renting to make it easier to move a couch. 

  • Measuring tape 
  • Moving blankets or furniture blankets 
  • Stretch wrap 
  • Packing tape 
  • Moving boxes
  • Dollies 
  • Tie-down straps 
  • Hand truck 
  • Flat head screwdriver 
  • Phillips head screwdriver 
  • Hammer 
  • Plastic bags 

Of course, you know your couch best and depending on how many people you have helping you, then it might not be necessary to get everything on this list. 

How to Move a Couch

You could have many options when trying to figure out how to move a couch. You also may be able to avoid figuring out how to get a couch through a door multiple times.

  1. Measure a couch’s length, width, and depth 
    • Compare the couch’s dimensions with any hallways or doorways 
  2. Figure out what is the best path to take
  3. If necessary, remove any door hinges to get your couch through the doorway 
  4. Then begin removing any cushions or pillows 
  5. You’ll then remove the legs and any other attachments 
  6. Put any parts into a plastic bag and keep the plastic bag with the cushions in a box 
  7. Wrap the couch with furniture blankets starting at the base of the couch 
    • Then wrap the couch in stretch wrap 
  8. Then lift the couch and put it on a dolly or hand truck 
    • Secure the couch with tie-down straps 
  9. Carefully guide the couch through your designated path 
  10. Load and unload the couch the same way and secure the couch with tie-down straps during transport 

What if my path involves stairs?

If you have several people helping you, one person should be the navigator for the people lifting the couch to make sure they aren’t surprised when moving the couch. You also should lift and move the couch carefully and take your time. 

If you’re moving a couch by yourself, you’ll want to use a hand truck. You can hold onto the hand truck while carefully letting the wheels get you down the stairs. You still need to be careful moving the couch and taking your time. 

What to do if I encounter a tight doorway?

If you measured everything beforehand, you shouldn’t encounter a tight doorway. If you forgot to measure a doorway, you have several options to help you. 

The first option is to try to move the couch through a door vertically. The second option is to remove the door’s hinges to give you more space to move the couch through a door. 

If none of those options work, you’ll need to consider a different path to move a couch. 

One Final Moving Couch Tip

The final moving tip from Moving Help is to move any debris out of the way when moving a couch. You also should remove any furniture in the couch’s path, or you should remove any furniture that has the potential to get damaged when moving a couch. 

Moving Help Can Lift the Couches for You 

By following Moving Help’s tips, it should make it easier to move your couch by yourself or with the help of friends and family members. Moving Help also has Service Providers who know how to efficiently move couches of all sizes and angles for you during moving day. They’ll make sure to take care of your couch on moving day, so you don’t have to worry about moving it yourself.