Moving the sofa is one of the most complicated parts of the removal process. This is because the sofa, unlike a lot of other furniture pieces, is never perfectly square or rectangular. The shape makes it quite difficult to fit, but also to get out to the van, especially if your home has some narrow staircases or It also has many components, which are best transported separately – body, cushions, pillows, removable upholstery, etc. This means that you have a bit of work to do before it even comes to transporting the sofa.
Begin by cleaning the upholstery – this will save you some work after you arrive at your new location. If you can’t spare the time or simply don’t want to deal with the hassle of cleaning the upholstery yourself, you could always hand it over to a dry cleaner or a professional cleaning service and be done with it. If you’d prefer to do it yourself, however, that’s also doable. There are many articles online, giving a step-by-step guide on how to go about doing this, but in essence, all you’ll need is a brush, some fabric shampoo (available at any home supply store) and some scrubbing skills. This is a good option if you have some time to spare anyway and don’t really feel like paying full price for something you can do yourself.
The next thing you will need to do is strip the sofa cushions and throw pillows and wash the cases. This can easily be done in the washing machine at the highest temperature settings (of course, always check the cushion tag to see if it says otherwise). You can also use a steam cleaner to clean the cushions without stripping them. Next, pack the cushions, along with their cases into boxes, tape them up and label them for the living room.
Now the only thing left to deal with is the body of the sofa itself. The best thing to do after you’ve cleaned it is to wrap it in plastic and hand it over to the removers to move out of the home and transport. If you decide against using a removal service, this particular part of the move might get a bit complicated, but definitely not impossible. All you need are one or two dedicated friends and a wide enough corridor. Any standard sofa should be light enough for two people to carry. Just make sure not to lean the sofa against any of the van walls, at least not lengthwise. This is an option, but you will have to secure the sofa really well to avoid it falling over and damaging your other belongings. The best way to transport it is in its intended position and, if you need to save space with it, why not pile smaller items or boxes on top of the sofa itself (make sure to tie them down, once again, you don’t want anything to tumble and fall down during the moving and transportation process.
Once you’re done with the transportation, all you need to do is unpack and put the sofa back together again. Be aware, that even if you covered the sofa in plastic, it may be a good idea to give it a dusting or even a steam cleaning, to make sure any trace of dust and dirt from the move is gone.
Written by Ella Andrews, Ella Andrews is a writer and one of her greatest passion are home maintenance, home decorating and house or bedroom removals projects. She is presently searching for new sources of inspiration and contributes articles mainly on house and office moving.