There are some pieces of moving equipment you’ll have to buy. (Who wants to use frayed, weathered rope to tie their mattress to their car roof anyway? Not us!)
Here’s a breakdown of the things we recommend buying—plus the best places to do so.
Like tow dollies, moving straps give you more leverage when lifting heavy objects. Instead of wheels, you and your lifting partner wrap the moving straps around your bodies (either your forearms or shoulders) and lift whatever your heart desires (up to 600 pounds, that is).
You can use these babies to move anything from mattresses and dressers to appliances. Plus, unlike dollies that can scratch your hardwood floors, moving straps keep your furniture off the ground.
Of course, using moving straps can be more physically tiring than using a dolly, but avoiding the stress of bumping a dolly down a flight of stairs may be worth the physical labor. You can even pair the two—use your straps to carry heavy items part of the way and then lift them onto a furniture dolly for the rest of the journey.
Bonus: if you’re into feng shui and rearrange furniture often, you’ll get regular use out of your straps.
Ratchet straps bind boxes, furniture, luggage, appliances, and even vehicles together. And they’re not just for moving—you can use your straps to secure gear on top of your car on your next camping trip too.
Ratchet straps are stronger, more dependable, and more secure than bungee cords, rope ties, or other tie-down methods. Look for ones with polyester webbing—they last longer than nylon straps.
Tie-downs are basically glorified ropes that help prevent furniture from shifting in the back of a moving or pickup truck. Most rental trucks have hooks inside that you can tie rope to. And if your move takes you on the freeway, you can use tie-downs to secure your mattress to the roof of your car or the bed of your pickup.
Nylon rope is affordable, and you can get it at most hardware stores. Our vote is for ¼-inch nylon rope—it’s the strongest and most dependable width for moving, and it gets the best reviews.
Avoid twine and braided rope like a giant pothole. These materials are weaker and have a rep for breaking during transit.
You don’t want the corner of your smart TV busting a hole in the wall as you maneuver it down your stairs—and we’d bet your landlord doesn’t either. Corner protectors can save both the pieces of furniture you’re moving and your home.
There are two different types of corner protectors you can use on your next move:
- Foam: cushions electronics inside moving boxes
- Cardboard: protects frames, artwork, mirrors, and anything else with sharp corners