Tips From Professional Movers – How To Hoist A Sofa

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.


  1. Do you have any photos or drawings of how the straps and loops would be placed on the furniture? We need to hoist a sofa and a loveseat indoors, from the downstairs room over an upstairs rail, because the stairway is too narrow to carry it up.

    • I don’t have specific photos because it can vary greatly from one piece of furniture to another. You need to try to balance the center of gravity so that you can lift mostly straight up and down. If the item is strapped off-center, it can spin around and get away from you, which makes the process dangerous and difficult.

      Where are you located? We have some availability this week, might be able to help you with this.

  2. I have a big heavy cabinet to get up into a loft area. Any suggestions? It os an old school built in cabinet tgat is 82″ long, 20″ deep and 52″ tall. The inside is sectioned into cubbies. There are no arms to hold strap in place and it is extremely heavy- too heavy to have even 4 people carry up. There apt i am moving it into was originally the upper track and has heavy steel rail around it. Would a come along work?

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