How to move a desk by yourself: step-by-step guide

The process of moving your belongings from one home to another involves hundreds of important decisions which you must make in order to keep things moving forward. One such major decision is which furniture pieces you want to take with you and which ones you’d be better off selling or giving away to friends and family.

One furniture piece that may be hard for you to leave behind is your desk. There are many reasons, such as design, material, practicality, aesthetic beauty and even sentimental value, why you may love your desk so much that you’re willing to move it the new home no matter the cost.  And if this is the case, then you should know how to move a desk by yourself.

Desks are pretty diversified when it comes to size, shape, weight, and design, so it can be rather tricky to move a desk from one home to another. It’s even possible that you might get stuck in the doorway as your favorite desk won’t fit through the door.

Learn the best way to move a heavy desk so that you can be happily reunited with your cherished furniture piece in the new home.

What you’ll need to move a desk by yourself

Naturally, the easiest way to move a heavy desk is to pay professional furniture movers to do it for you. This way, you’ll save yourself the inevitable hassle that comes when a heavy piece of furniture needs to be moved out of the home, loaded safely into a moving vehicle, and then transported, unloaded and finally – taken inside the new home. It looks like a tough task, and it is.

The downside to hiring professionals to move your desk, or any other home furniture pieces that you’re taking with you, is that you’ll have to pay for the relocation service. So, after assessing the situation carefully – if you happen to be moving that large desk a short distance, you have a few good friends to help you out, and you’ve already secured a suitable moving vehicle – then you may as well try your chances at moving your desk by yourself – that is, without the assistance of professional movers.

Here’s what you’ll need to have before undertaking that heavy task:

  • Helpers. You can’t move a heavy desk entirely on your own – it’s both impossible and dangerous at the same time. As a general rule, you’re going to need a few helpers beside you to get the job done safely.
  • Packing supplies. Of course, you’ll need to protect the furniture piece before moving it out of your home. You’re going to need a few thick blankets to cover it and some sheets of bubble wrap to protect any delicate areas. Also, packing tape or stretch wrap will be required for the desk moving job as well. How to pack a desk for moving? See below for details.
  • Moving equipment. The proper moving equipment is essential – make sure you have furniture sliders at hand. Furniture sliders are pieces of durable plastic that are placed under each desk leg to minimize or even eliminate the friction between the furniture piece and the floor. There are furniture sliders designed for carpets and there are those designed for hardwood floors, so pay attention to this detail when you purchase yours from the Home Depot or any other good hardware store.

Read also: How to get friends to help you move

How to pack a desk for moving

One of the trickiest steps of moving a desk by yourself is to actually protect your furniture piece before you attempt to move it from your study room, home office or wherever it may be located in your home. Provided that you do a good job of protecting your desk prior to moving it, you’ll be glad to learn that the final relocation stage will be much easier and safer.

Here’s how to pack your desk for a move:

  • Step 1. Disassemble your desk. If your desk has sections that can be taken apart safely, then you need to remove those elements to facilitate the entire relocation operation. Take out the drawers, detach any removable trays, glass parts or shelves – anything that will lower the weight of the furniture piece and will reduce its size. You may need a screwdriver or another common tool to disassemble your desk.
  • Step 2. Protect any removed parts. Wrap the components you just detached from the desk in moving blankets, then use tape or stretch wrap to keep the protective blankets in place. If some elements happen to be breakable – made of glass, for example, wrap them up in bubble wrap first before protecting them with the blankets.
  • Step 3. Prepare the drawers. If the drawers contain various items that are not heavy, then you may choose to wrap those drawers in stretch wrap without emptying them to speed up the moving process. On the other hand, if the drawers are full of fragile items or heavyweight ones such as books, then you’d better empty those drawers first and pack their contents separately.
  • Step 4. Wrap up your entire desk. Now that you’ve secured the detached elements, make sure you protect the main frame of the desk as well. Simply cover the desk completely in thick moving blankets to avoid any damage, then use tape or stretch wrap to keep those blankets in position.

See also: How to pack furniture for moving

How to move a desk without hiring movers

Now that you’ve prepared your desk to be moved by disassembling it and packing it, it’s time to move that desk out of your home and load it into the moving vehicle. Follow the steps below to do just that.

  • Step 1. Map your exit route. The desk may be ready for moving but the exit path may not be. Walk along the intended exit pathway with your friend to check the areas where you may run into problems – areas such as sharp corners, narrow corridors, doorways, or stairs.
  • Step 2. Use furniture sliders. You must limit any strenuous physical activities like furniture lifting and carrying to minimize the chance of injury. The best way to move a desk across the room is to utilize the right type of furniture sliders. Have your helpers lift each desk side and place a slider underneath each leg or edge of the desk. Then, push carefully the heavy desk along the room with zero damage on the floor and minimum efforts from you and your friends.
  • Step 3. Fit it through the door. Now that you’ve disassembled the desk as far as it can go, you shouldn’t have any serious problems getting it out of the house or apartment. Try different angles if it seems like the desk won’t go through the door. Consider removing the doorframe temporarily to get a few more inches of extra space. What to do if furniture won’t fit through the door
  • Step 4. Navigate the stairs. When moving out of an apartment building, then use the elevator to get out your desk safely without having to navigate long flights of stairs. When moving out of a house, you and your friends should be able to get the job done provided that the staircase is wide enough. Contact professional furniture movers if safety becomes an issue.
  • Step 5. Load it up. Do use the loading ramp of the moving van to load the desk quickly and safely. Then, secure the desk using rope or ratchet straps so that the valuable furniture piece won’t shift during transport.

Must-read: 10 proper lifting techniques when moving furniture

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