Moving and Packing Tips

How to Move Heavy Furniture on Carpet

Sometimes pulling or pushing a piece of furniture is the only way to get it out of the room. But how can you move heavy furniture when you have a carpet on the floor? 

Carpets and rugs can easily get damaged. The friction makes sliding heavy furniture around much more difficult. And if you have an oriental, hand-woven rug, then sliding is entirely out of the question. 

Fortunately, there are certain ways (and even some DIY means) to help you out with this task.

So, if you:

  • Have just bought a new entertainment centre and now want to rearrange your living room;
  • Have a piece of furniture you want to temporarily move to a different room;
  • Are moving house;

Then read along and learn how to move heavy furniture on carpet!

Important precautionary tips before moving furniture

Before you grab the furniture piece and give it your all, consider the following preparation activities. They will save you some headaches and potential back pain. Those plus, you can use them in rooms with no carpeting, too.

  1. Clear a pathway

    Clear any potential obstacles from the space you need to pass through. Small tables with vases, other pieces of furniture near the door, and so on, should be removed to provide you with enough space. The less you will have to manoeuvre around, the better.

  2. Empty your furniture

    If you happen to be moving a wardrobe or a chest, empty them of any belongings and clothes. Also, take the drawers out from your dressers and cabinets. Not only will your furniture become lighter, but you won’t have things rattling inside. Such noises can be very annoying, especially when you consider how hard the moving itself is. Plus, you won’t risk any drawers potentially falling out.

  3. Disassemble the furniture

    Sometimes taking furniture apart is not possible, but when it is, do it. This will come especially handy when you’re moving large furniture pieces, such as wardrobes and beds. Unlike wardrobes, bed frames are easier to disassemble and put back together, so make sure to take them apart. Always remember to take photos before unscrewing each joint. These photos will be important later when you put the thing back together.

  4. Wear good shoes and gloves

    It is very easy to accidentally stub your toe or even drop the furniture on your foot whilst carrying and stopping for breaks. Sturdy steel-capped shoes will provide you with the best protection against potential injury. If you don’t have such shoes, put on the toughest winter ones you own. They will protect your feet somewhat and keep you steady on the ground. A good grip is also essential for your hands, so buy a pair of gloves with a silicon or black dot pattern. They will not only protect your hands from dirt and abrasions but also prevent slipping and hand fatigue.

  5. Lift, don’t drag

    When moving heavy furniture, knowing how to lift to avoid back injury is essential.

  • Plant your feet firmly on the ground.
  • Bend your knees slightly.
  • Grab your furniture.
  • Lift with your legs and not your arms or back.
  • Keep the object close to your body whilst moving it.
  • Keep your back straight at all times.
  • Do not lift objects above shoulder level.

With all those preparations out of the way, let’s get to the actual moving process.

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How to move heavy furniture on a carpet with special equipment

When you have really heavy and bulky furniture, you will need special equipment and a helper. It’s not recommended you do this alone, but fortunately, the equipment mentioned here will significantly reduce your struggles.

Furniture sliders

These are made of hard plastic on one side and durable rubber on the other. They also come in different shapes and sizes, depending on the furniture you will be moving. All you need to do is lift each furniture leg and place a slider underneath it. The plastic side should be touching the carpet, and the rubber side will keep the slider secured to the legs. Then, all you need to do is push your furniture in the direction you want.

Forklift straps

If you want to know how to move heavy furniture on carpet without sliders, then consider this option. These straps are designed to encourage you to use proper lifting techniques without even realising it. All you need to do is set it up around the furniture piece, place the straps around your and your helper’s hands, and lift. All the weight will go to your forearms while you keep the piece steady with your hands.

Forklift straps also come with a moving harness for additional back support, should you need it. They are adjustable, so you can buy one pair and use it for all your furniture pieces.

Shoulder dolly

Shoulder dollies look very similar to forklift straps, but they are designed to move the heaviest of furniture pieces. Unlike the straps, shoulder dollies put the weight on your shoulders and legs, which are naturally stronger. You don’t even use your arms. All you need to do is keep an upright posture and keep the furniture steady with your hands.

Like forklift straps, shoulder dollies also come in a pair and are adjustable.

Moving dolly

The classic moving dolly with wheels is ideal if you want to move your furniture out and into an area with no stairs. It also won’t damage your carpet as the wheels roll over it.

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How do you move furniture on carpet without sliders?

Apart from using specialised moving equipment you can also rely on some items available in your household. The goal here is to create some sort of barrier between the furniture legs and the carpet fibres in order to avoid damaging your carpet. Failure to follow this rule will result in the tearing of the carpet. Here are some examples of what household items you can use as barriers.

Aluminium foil

Aluminium foil can come in handy when sliding a small furniture piece by yourself.

Wrap the foil around the furniture legs. Make about 2 or 3 layers of foil so it doesn’t shred as you slide. It doesn’t matter which side of the foil you use.


Another option, if you are moving light furniture by yourself, is cardboard. Cut a few pieces of cardboard and tape them below the furniture legs. Make at least two layers. Use paper tape, as it is easy to peel off and won’t leave any residue on the furniture.


If you happen to have any around, you can use them, too. The plastic makes them very durable and you can even use the frisbees with heavier furniture. All you need to do is flip them upside down and place them under the furniture legs.

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Hire professionals

If you don’t feel like you can safely move your furniture on your carpet, then don’t risk it. Serious back injury is no laughing matter and is best left to professionals.

Fantastic Services works with experienced and fully equipped movers who can provide you with a proper man and van service. Your carpet, along with all your other items, will be spared any potential damage during the move. All you need to do is make your booking and set a day that’s right for you. We will do the rest.

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  • Remove any obstacles before your start moving your furniture.
  • Empty the furniture of all belongings.
  • Wear protective shoes and gloves.
  • Only drag the furniture on the carpet if you have a proper barrier between the legs and the carpet fibres.
  • You can either use frisbees or cardboard as barriers, or buy carpet sliders.
  • Move heavier pieces of furniture with forklift straps or a shoulder dolly.


Did you manage to move your furniture on or over your carpet? What challenges did you face? Let us know by commenting.

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