How to safely move a dresser

Moving a dresser might seem like a simple task, but it wouldn’t take much to damage the piece, cause an injury, or scratch up some floors and walls. By following the proper procedure, you can ensure that you safely transport your furniture with no mishaps.

1. Empty the drawers

Emptying out the drawers before you attempt to move a dresser will give you an advantage. For one thing, you’re reducing the weight of the furniture. Another thing that is often overlooked is that furniture wasn’t meant to be moved while it was full. Having a dresser at a 45° or 90° tilt (which is common while moving it) can cause the piece to crack or snap.  Your best bet is to completely empty the drawers prior to moving. At the very least, you should make sure that they are no more than one-third full.

2. Determine if you need to remove the drawers

Again, this can give you an advantage in two ways. There is the obvious, that you will reduce the weight of the furniture. The other thing to consider is space. Sometimes, having no drawers in will allow you to make a tight corner or doorway, that you simply could not make if the drawers were in the furniture. By removing them, you create an empty space that you can work with. This can be especially handy on a stairway with banisters.

3. Pad and wrap the piece

You’ll want to use some padded furniture blankets and some tape and/or stretch wrap. Before you ever lift the piece, make sure it is well covered. This will protect it from any scratches or dents. Taking this extra step will give you an added measure of security for your furniture.

4. Move it! 

If you’ve followed the first three steps, you should be ready to move the piece! I recommend always having at least two people on any dresser or bureau. In certain situations, you might even need three or four. Communicate with each other to make sure that you are both comfortable. If someone needs to adjust their grip, be sure to tell the other person so that there are no surprises.