Proper Handling of Furniture
If you are rearranging rooms or moving, be sure you are properly handling your furniture. As with all objects, the greatest chance of damage comes when an item is being moved. Where nitrile gloves to protect the finish surface from oils in your hands. Furniture should never be pulled, pushed, or dragged, as this can strain joints and cause breaks. Be sure there is a clear path to the item’s new location. Using a cart or flatbed with pads and blankets helps protect against the potential for damage. When in transit, secure furniture with padded soft cords that are not over-tightened and avoid rolling over bumpy surfaces.
Don’t pick up chairs by the back or by arms; lift them by under the seat with the other hand supporting the back. Use discretion with large pieces of furniture and have two people lift from either side if one individual cannot safely lift the piece without potentially damaging it. Furniture with component pieces should be disassembled and moved separately to reduce unpredictable weight distribution. Any moveable component that cannot be disassembled from a piece of furniture should be safely secured. Marble and glass tops have a considerable amount of horizontal weight and should be carried vertically to avoid cracking or splitting.
If you need help moving an object or collection to a new location, please contact Guardian.
Whether moving a piece within your home or across the country, our trained art handlers use museum best practices to move art and objects safely.
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