A furniture dolly is a little four-wheeled tool that allows you to move heavy items over long distances with minimal effort and strain. You can rent a furniture dolly from a moving company or purchase one for relatively inexpensively. These dollies are great for large and heavy items like dressers, armoires, china hutches, long chests of drawers and even stacks of boxes.
These heavy-duty dollies have solid or inflatable rubber wheels that swivel and can support loads up to about a thousand pounds. They are the perfect way to haul these large and heavy household items when you don’t have enough help to lift and carry them manually. However, a furniture dolly is not designed for stairs or anything else that has a vertical surface that could cause it to tip over.
Loading a piece of furniture onto a furniture dolly isn’t difficult but it does require some careful planning. Always map out your route ahead of time and determine if you can fit the item through any doorways. If you know that your imposing armoire will be too tall to move through a doorway in an upright position, then it’s better to put it on its side before rolling it out of the room.
For couches that have legs, you might be able to use the dolly to simply tip them over if the back of the couch has a solid surface underneath the upholstery. But if the back of the sofa is hollow, then you’ll need to place a flat piece of plywood or something similar on the dolly before you can safely tip the sofa over.
When you’re loading a furniture dolly, keep in mind that you should aim to balance the weight as evenly as possible. If the load isn’t centered, the dolly will start to wobble and can be very difficult to maneuver. To help stabilize the load, you can add straps or bungee cords to secure it on top of the dolly.
You can also attach the dolly to the underside of the item and then pull it to get it rolling. Just be sure to hold on tight and keep an eye out for obstacles that can stop the dolly or cause it to roll off the edge of the item. Throw rugs, uneven floor tiles and other obstacles can all act as barriers to the moving dolly and prevent it from doing its job.
Lastly, when using a furniture dolly to move tall items, such as bookcases or long sofas, you should keep in mind that it’s a good idea to have at least one person helping out. These dollies can be quite tippy, and trying to handle an unbalanced load by yourself could result in a very nasty fall that might result in serious injuries or even death. If you have a friend or family member to help out, it can make all the difference in the world. Having someone to steady the load and guide it upwards can save you a lot of headache and pain.