How to Move a Bookcase


Bookcases are useful pieces of furniture since their shelves can hold a variety of decorative items in addition to books. These shelves can be display areas for your hobbies or collections. Bookcases are made of many materials, from stained or painted solid wood to laminated press board or furniture board and even metal or plastic. Bookcases of different sizes are useful for different rooms--observe the tips below to help you move them safely from place to place in your home when it's time to rearrange.

Things You'll Need

  • Rag
  • Furniture sliders
  • Remove all books and any other items from the bookcase's shelves.

  • Clean your bookcase before it is placed in its new location; a great time to evict any colonies of dust bunnies that have taken up residence is when the shelves are empty. Pass a clean, dry rag over each surface to dust.

  • Remove shelves from the bookcase frame if they are adjustable or not otherwise anchored in.

  • Lift your bookcase, lifting from your knees and not your back, and place it in the new location. If the bookcase is made of heavy wood or metal or you have floors that could be easily damaged, place furniture sliders underneath each corner, then push the bookcase across the floor.

  • Replace your shelves, books and decorative items.

Tips & Warnings

  • With heavy objects, it is important to practice proper lifting techniques, including using multiple people if the object weighs too much for one person.

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