Before I get anywhere with today’s blog – let me start by saying one thing; hoisting a sofa is a very challenging and risky maneuver. We highly recommend having professional movers come in to do this hoist. There is a good chance of damaging your furniture, house, or causing injury. This is simply a guide that will help show you what to do and help you see the proper way to perform a sofa hoist.
1. Thoroughly Wrap The Sofa With Furniture Pads and Shrink Wrap
Performing a hoist can put a lot of stress on your furniture. By properly wrapping it, you will help to prevent damages, such as damage from the straps or rubbing against a wall or railing. We recommend using multiple pads to cover the sofa, taping them in place, and then covering everything with stretch wrap.
2. Find The Best Landings For The Hoist
Try to find a spot with as few obstacles as possible. You don’t want to have to hoist your sofa through a bush or when it could potentially hit a window. The optimal spot for a hoist would be onto a deck balcony that sticks out from the house, so that it wouldn’t be right up against the house.
3. Use Moving Straps To Create Loops
You want the moving strap to wrap entirely around the couch seat and back. The arm of the sofa should make it so that you can tighten the loop and it will stay in place. Keep it very tight. If you have to keep the sofa pulled out to prevent rubbing against a window or side of the house, you should create a second loop at the bottom of the couch.
4. Use Hoisting Straps Around Your Loops
This is why you need to make sure your loop is very tight. If it is loose, it could come free from the couch, dropping the sofa below. Tie your strap around the loop so that it is very tight and secure. If you are using a second loop to pull it out from the house, make sure it is tight and secure as well.
5. Up, Up, and Away!
Starting with the couch resting on it’s arm (so it is standing tall) – you should have at least two people at the bottom lifting it up as high as they can. One person at the top can pull the hoisting strap as the sofa rises. If you use a second strap to pull it away from the house, only pull it as tight as it needs to keep it off the house – you don’t want to pull the sofa back down!
Once the sofa is fully in the air, the people on the ground can run upstairs to help carry the sofa over the balcony or railing.