How do I move furniture safely
Tips for the correct use of carrying, moving and piano straps
First of all: Please always observe the operating instructions and safety instructions for the respective strap that you use to transport the cupboard, showcase, piano or washing machine. Please also consider the difference between carrying / moving straps that run around the shoulders and straps that are "hooked" into the crook of the arm.
We can give general information here (without guarantee) how carrying straps can be used sensibly:
- length of the strap
Most risers should form some kind of ring. If you have a long, continuous strap, it must be knotted together at both ends. The length should be measured in such a way that, in a slightly kneeled position, you guide the belt around your shoulders in order to lift the object. Before doing this, the shoulder strap is looped around under the object. This is done about 20-30 centimeters away from you. The shoulder strap then runs at an angle of around 10 degrees from the underside of the removal goods to your shoulders.
If you want to transport a cupboard, it is best done "lying down"
Before doing this, loose shelves are removed and doors secured against swinging open - or you can also unscrew the hinges on the doors. The cabinet can now be carefully placed on its side. The belt is led under the cabinet. It must not slip off while being carried. The strap should be long enough that you can simply knot it together and then place it around your shoulders. In addition, the belt must be tight if you bend slightly on your knees. This enables lifting. For a cabinet 1 meter wide and e.g. 40 centimeters, the following applies roughly to the belt length:
1 meter (cabinet width)
+ twice 0.4 meters (sides of the cabinet)
+ the length from the edge of the closet to your shoulders
+ the course over your shoulders
+ some overhang for knotting
= about 4 meters for an average-sized person
Please also make sure that the ends do not hang down after knotting (risk of tripping!). If necessary, please cut off the ends.
- Put on the belt
The straps should usually be placed around the shoulders. The belts must never press the front of the neck and larynx. You should also avoid wearing it on one side of the shoulder. It can lead to one-sided stress and tension.
- Knotting the shoulder strap
Make sure to tie a knot that can still be loosened when the belt is under tension. For example, many recommend a "normal everyday knot" and an opposing normal knot on top. It can be tied up more easily than two or three everyday knots on top of each other.
- The lifting and carrying
To carry with moving straps, you usually need two moving helpers, each of whom attach a ring strap to the piece of furniture. The moving helper, who goes down or backwards in the stairwell, should be secured and guided or supported by a third helper from behind. When lifting please make sure that you are lifting on a "command" at the same time. This will prevent the bulky item from slipping out of the straps, tilting or being damaged. With the moving belt around your body, you can lift most of the weight - the arms, on the other hand, are relieved. You can use your arms to guide the object. Please make sure, however, that the item to be carried remains as straight as possible and that your hands do not get caught between the banister and the piece of furniture.
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