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Question DetailsAsked on 7/8/2016

I need to move my couch from my livingroom to my den. It is just a few steps out of one sliding glass door to

I live in Kalamazoo, MI 49009

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Got a couple of friends who will help out before a game/movie and pizza night ? OR a couple of strong friends or neighbors who will come over and do it for a beer or coffee and a chat ?

DIY - on hard surface floor if you put the feet on old towels or washcloths you can just drag it, providing the legs arenot unusually spindly. Put several layers of cloth under the feet, and clean the floor along the travel path first so you do not pick up grit and drag it along, scratching the floor. If you have any floor seams or edges sticking up of course avoid snagging them.

If carpeted, slides easier if you take scraps of a cardboard box (like bankers or Amazon box thickness, cereal type box may or may not be strong enough depending on how pointy the feet are). Slip cardboard under feet and wrap up around the leg on the side you are going to be dragging the couch towards, and tape it around the cardboard and leg to keep it from slipping out from under the feet. NOTE: put any printing on cardboard UP so there is no chance of the friction rubbing some onto the carpet. Slides quite easily. Sometimes you can just push it, otherwise (especially if going very far) wrap a rope around the tops of the two leading feet and pull the rope up around your hips (not back/waist) and pull - instead of pulling with back and waist or trying to walk it (though if slides easily you can walk it), if it does not move easily just wrap the rope around your hips and then lean back moving it a foot or two at a time that way, using your legs and hips rather than upper body to avoid muscle/back strain. At sliding door track you might be able to slide it up and over on cardboard, or may have to actually crouch down with bent legs, tighten the rope about your hips, then stand up to boost it up over the track for each end of the couch. If very low-lying couch may need folded-out cardboard box opened up and laid over track to avoid snagging the bottom edge of the couch.

Professionally ($50-100 in most areas) - cheapest is probably Handyman. If small/light enough one person can do it, or for a very large couch that needs two poeple if Handymen you talk to do not have a helper, then Haulers (Trash Haulers) do this, as of course do Movers though commonly more expensive because they tend to operate in 3-4 man crews. One normally strong and fit man can easily handle a normal 8 foot couch which does not have to be turned on side to move it (without dealing with any stairs, obviously). Takes 2 (or sometimes more with very heavy/large units) commonly for ones that need to be turned on side, pit groups and sofa/sleepers and hide-a-beds.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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