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Guide to Moving Armchairs and Small Tables

Moving an Armchair or a Recliner

Compared to moving a section sofa or other large living room furniture, moving smaller furniture is easy. First, remove any cushions if you can and pack them in plastic bags to protect them. Then, use shrink wrap, stretch wrap, or moving blankets to cover the chair in order to protect the rest of the upholstery.

If you're moving a recliner, place tape over the stretch wrap or blanket, vertically, around the entire chair. This holds the footrest closed when you move the chair.

Measure the chair's height, width, and depth, and determine the best way to move it through the house and doorways. You may need two people to maneuver the chair through a door diagonally, and you may even have to remove a door from its hinges to squeeze a chair through a tight space.

Place casters, cloth, or cardboard beneath the legs of the chair so you can easily pull the chair through the home and outside to the moving truck.

Once the chair is loaded onto the truck, use the empty space on the seat of the chair to pack light boxes and bins.

Moving a Rocking Chair

Before moving a rocking chair, remove the seat cushion and place it in a bag to protect it from dust and dirt. Try to keep the cushion flat so the padding doesn't shift and the cushion maintains its shape.

Next, place a large moving blanket on the floor. With help from a friend, if necessary, place the rocking chair on top of the blanket, wrap the chair in the blanket, and tape it closed.

Place a piece of cardboard beneath the rocking chair to help it glide across the floor. Pull or push a rocking chair by the seat, not the back.

Position the rocking chair in the moving van in a spot where it won't move or slide, or secure it with rope. Use any space on top of the rocking chair for small boxes, bins, or other lightweight items.

Moving a Coffee Table or End Table

Place a moving blanket on the floor. You'll need a helper to move your coffee table onto the blanket. Each of you should grab one of the shorter ends of the table, lift the table a few inches off the ground, and carry it onto the moving blanket. Remember to use proper lifting techniques, bending at the knees, and using the strength of your legs, not your back, to lift the table. Wrap the blanket around the table, and secure it with tape.

If the blanket doesn't cover the whole tabletop, drape another blanket over the table and secure it. Now your table is ready to move. If the table is light enough, two people can lift and carry the table to the moving van. Otherwise, use a moving dolly/casters/sliders to move the table to its destination.

Pack boxes or other furniture around the table to keep it from moving, and stack boxes on top of the table to make the best use of space in the van.

Moving a Glass Coffee Table or End Table

Remove the glass panels from your coffee table and wrap them carefully in multiple sheets of bubble wrap. Then wrap them in double layers of moving blankets, secured with tape. Finally, place sheets of cardboard over the moving blankets on both sides, and tape the cardboard around the moving blankets.

Transport the glass panels between two mattresses, or secure to the side of the van with rope, adding an extra layer of padding, such as a moving blanket, between the panels and the side of the van.

Once the glass is safely moved, wrap the rest of the table in moving blankets and, using sliders, glide the coffee table to the moving van for loading.