How To Hoist Furniture

How To Hoist Furniture
  • Author: Amanda Arnold
  • Posted On: December 15, 2021
  • Updated On: August 21, 2023

If done incorrectly, hoisting furniture might be risky. Don’t put yourself or others at risk by attempting to lift beds and other furniture without the necessary tools. Not only might you get hurt, but the furniture you’re lifting can also get destroyed.

Buying new furniture, along with upgrading your décor, is one of the most enjoyable aspects of relocating, but with all the excitement of the process, you may have forgotten about how you’ll get your new sofas into the house.

If the furniture is placed on any floor of your home, you’ll need to think about how you’ll transport it there through the stairs from the ground floor. It might not be possible if you live alone or in shared housing or if your furniture is simply too large and heavy.

This is a problem that can affect businesses as well. If you are also facing the difficulty of hoisting the furniture from one floor to other, this article will provide you with complete guidelines and instructions for safe hoisting.

Remove Upholstery And Measure The Furniture

Make sure to remove the covers, cushions, and any other kind of upholstery from the furniture before hoisting or moving it in terms of length and height and diagonal dimensions.

When you tilt a bulky item at a certain angle, you can sometimes get it through a tight space. But make sure there’s no other way to get it in or out of your house before you decide to hoist it through a window.

It would help if you also double-checked that the furniture will go through the window; you don’t want to go to all the trouble of hoisting your huge item over the balcony only to discover that it won’t fit. As a result, don’t forget to measure the window as well.

Remove Detachable Furniture Parts

When furniture doesn’t fit through the door, the best option is to disassemble it. The disassembled furniture will be safe and simple to move, eliminating the relevant issue. This approach isn’t practicable because it’s possible that a piece can’t be dismantled.

Even though a piece of furniture can’t be completely deconstructed, it may have some elements that can be removed. Before attempting to carry your bulky piece through a window, you should remove any detachable sections.

The partially dismantled furniture will be more compact and less likely to be damaged, making the hoisting procedure much easier.

Use Covers To Safe The Furniture From Damage

Lifting furniture over a balcony or through a window is a difficult and dangerous process that can cause serious damage to the piece and the property.

Ensure your furnishings and window frames are all protected before you begin working. Wrap the piece with old blankets and stretch wrap to protect it from dents and other damage if it rubs against a wall or railing.

Wrap the furniture completely in thick, soft coverings, tape them in place, and secure the wrappings with stretch wrap.

The double protective layer will protect the piece from dust and moisture while protecting the upholstery and delicate finishes from damage during hoisting scratching caused by friction as the furniture goes over the rails, dents and nicks.

Wrap Rails And Windows Frames

Wrap the wood rails on your balcony in blankets to protect them from harm when the furniture is moved over them. To reduce the risk of damage to both the railing and the furniture, metal balcony railings should be wrapped in protective coverings.

Don’t forget about the window through which the furniture will be brought into the house. The panes should be removed, and the frame should be protected with thick textiles or foam padding.

Choose Optimal Spot For Hoisting

Find a location with the fewest possible barriers. You don’t want to be forced to lift your sofa over a bush or into a window. The best place for a hoist would be on a deck balcony that protrudes from the house rather than right against it.

The movable strap should completely encircle the couch seat and back. You should tighten the loop, and it will stay in place if you use the sofa arm. Keep it as tight as possible. Create a second loop at the bottom of the sofa if you need to keep it drawn out to avoid rubbing against a window or the side of the home.

This is why your loop must be really tight. It can fall off the couch if it’s loose, causing the sofa to fall to the ground. Make a very tight and secure knot with your strap around the loop. If you’re pulling it out of the home with a second loop, be sure that it’s also tight and secure.

Your Are All Set For Hoisting!

Starting with the couch on its arm, have at least two persons at the bottom lift it as high as they can. One person at the top can pull on the hoisting strap as the sofa rises. If you use a second strap to pull it away from the house, only pull it tight enough to keep it off the house. You don’t want to drag the sofa back down.

Professional hoisting services are rather costly because they require specialized hoisting equipment and extensive knowledge. Only use a professional furniture hoisting service if you’re transferring something of significant monetary or sentimental value.

Otherwise, it may be preferable to simply sell the furniture and replace it with something that fits through your new home’s doorways and corridors.


Hiring professionals for furniture hoisting will cost you more than your budget. That’s why it’s better to do it yourself with the help of some lifting ropes, pads and covers for the railings.

Moreover, you can also ask your friend or any other family member to help move and lift the furniture without any difficulty. Hopefully, discussed guidelines will help to hoist the furniture effortlessly and efficiently.

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Author: Amanda Arnold

Amanda has been working with ConstructionHow since 2021. Her experience spans over 5 years in the creative niche such as home decor and trends, landscaping, renovations, and custom architectural values. As a home designer expert, she has a keen eye for the latest home improvement trends with accurate facts that readers find impossible to ignore. Being invested in home-building trends is how she has gained her lucrative expertise exploring more to bring a positive ambiance for all homeowners (and even tenants!). Currently, she lives in a beautiful beach home, a source of fascination for her.