Moving: Dealing with furniture in NYC


Moving in a place where space is hard to come by, like New York, creates difficult decisions. Furniture often turns into a liability, limiting the amount of real estate available in the living space. Obviously, certain furniture is crucial to any living space, both in fashion and in function. But moving furniture is cumbersome and expensive, and there’s no way to guarantee the furniture will fit as well in a new space as it did in its previous space. What’s the best way to assess your options, and move forward with the best case of action? It can be tough to judge without having dealt with all the choices firsthand before

To Keep or To Get Rid?

The first assessment to make is if your piece of furniture should make the move or should not. There are various motivations to get rid of certain furniture pieces. Is there a space for them in the new apartment? Will it fit in with the layout and design? These are questions that will have to be assessed on a case by case basis and is more about the individual opinion of the mover. In general, a vintage furniture piece with sentimental value is more worth keeping than a worn down IKEA piece. Every person who makes a move in NYC will have to make their own decisions about what is worth keeping and what is worth getting rid of.

Is it worth the hassle of moving it in the first place? That’s a question a moving company can help answer. If you sell furniture or dispose it otherwise beforehand, that can make the moving process easier. This becomes important if moving in or out of an apartment that doesn’t have an elevator, or if there isn’t much space to work with for moving things. Working with a moving company already? There’s probably space on the truck to fit pretty much everything, if that makes the decision easier. Moving trucks are pretty big. Think about if the piece in question is conducive to fitting other items around it tetris style. 

Moving Furniture in NYC

Decided to keep the second hand furniture piece? The downside of that decision is having to move it. Moving in the tight confines of NYC apartments is tricky, but the process of moving furniture is more simple than it seems. It doesn’t take a genius to realize you can’t fit a couch in a box. But moving companies still have a uniform packing method for most pieces of furniture. They use moving blankets to coat these pieces with a layer of protection, then use tape as a belt to hold them together and in place. 

Protecting furniture is one aspect of the move, and the actual carrying of the furniture is another altogether. We recommend do-it-yourselfers rent a dolly or hand truck to handle the furniture itself. A dolly is a small wheeled cart that furniture can be rolled around on. A hand truck is an L-shaped cart certain furniture items can be put on and wheeled around. Normal people can handle carrying furniture for a few moments is something most, but disaster can strike if they try to carry furniture all the way from their apartment or home to the street.

New York City also has the scourge of walk-up buildings, which are incredibly difficult to move furniture in. A walk-up building, for the fortunate few who are unaware, is a building which has upper floors that are only accessible via a staircase. Often staircases in walk-up buildings are fairly narrow, adding to the frustration of handling furniture within them. We do not advise amateurs to handle moving heavy furniture in walk-up buildings and insist they call professional movers to tackle these tough tasks. Otherwise, they might end up like the Oz Moving client that called us after their couch was stuck in a staircase.

What to Do With Unwanted Furniture


When a New Yorker decides they don’t want to keep their furniture during the moving process, they have three main options. They can sell their furniture piece in the marketplace, donate their piece to charity, or discard their piece in a sanitary fashion. There is a rationale to deciding what to do with each piece. In a pinch, donating or discarding certain items makes the most sense. In other scenarios, selling furniture for some extra cash for moving expenses is a win-win. Once the decision is made, AptDeco has a guide on the best practices to sell, donate, or dispose of your unwanted furniture.

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