What to Do with Furniture When Getting New Floors

What to Do with Furniture When Getting New Floors

You’ve finally decided to take the plunge and treat yourself (and your home) to a brand new floor. Maybe you’ve gone for the hardwood you’ve always dreamed of in the dining room, or maybe you’re refreshing up the carpet in your much-loved family room. Perhaps you’re giving your home a total flooring makeover. It’s an exciting time, but how are you supposed to put a new floor in without moving your whole family out?

What to Do with Furniture When Getting New Flooring

Beautiful ceramic tile in bathrooms is many a homeowner’s dream, but once the colder months hit, the feeling of cool tile on one’s feet can be anything but soothing! Investing in heated floors can be the perfect solution. While this can sound like an expensive project, radiant heat systems, once installed, are actually quite cost-efficient in the long term. And once you start with a smaller project like a bathroom and see (and feel!) the results, you may end up wanting to install radiant heat floors in other areas, too.

How big is your new flooring project?

Do you plan to get new flooring in just one room or the whole house? If you just need to temporarily shift a small kitchenette table and two chairs to a balcony, that’s one thing. However, if you need to think about all the furniture in every room in your home, that’s another.

How long will installation take?

You’ll also need to consider the time frame for the installation. If you’re on a tight schedule and need your furniture out fast that might change your game plan.

How big is your home?

If you have several spare rooms and a two car garage, you have more options to shift your furniture than if you live in a studio apartment in midtown.

What’s your budget?

When it comes to moving (and storing) furniture, it’s generally a choice between money and muscle. Can you carry a couch by yourself or with a buddy? Can you afford to pay someone else to do it? Or do you have funds to temporarily move it to a storage unit?

Will flooring installers move furniture?

Some companies may include furniture moving in their quote, although it’s not a standard. If you do have this option, it can save you time (and maybe a sore back!). However, it may increase the total cost of your installation. Even with furniture removal included, you’ll still need to take some time to remove personal items. Don’t forget to empty your closets, cabinets and drawers before moving furniture.

Dealing with Furniture During Installation

Once you have the answers to those questions, you will probably have enough information to choose between these three main strategies for dealing with your furniture while your new flooring is installed:

Musical Chairs

Simply, move your furniture to another room while your new flooring is being installed. If you’re having multiple rooms refloored, it may mean a lot of moving and carrying from room to room. It’s hard work, but it doesn’t cost a dime — and your beloved armchair never has to leave the house.

Garage or Shed Storage

This option only works if you have outdoor storage space. A shed or garage can be a makeshift home for your furniture while you’re putting in a new floor. However, you must be confident that the facilities are waterproof and secure to avoid damage to your furnishings. Otherwise, this is an extremely convenient option.

Short-Term Storage

Renting a storage unit for a full month may be overkill for a small flooring project, but it can make life a lot easier. This rings especially true if you live in tight quarters or if you’re flooring more than one space in your house. Rented storage is convenient, safe, and secure. No constant shuffling of chairs and tables or tripping over furniture awkwardly crammed into the wrong room. If you really want to give yourself a break, you can also hire someone to move it there.
What to Do with Furniture When Getting New Floors

Preparing Your Floor for Hardwood Installation

Once your furniture is out of the way, there are a few steps you can take to ensure a smooth and seamless installation: 

For more handy tips, check out our hardwood flooring installation guide.

How to Prepare for Carpet Installation

The prep work for a new carpet is quite similar to the process for installing hardwood; however, there are a few differences. 

Tips to Prep Your Home Before Your Floor Installation

Here are a few more tips to keep in mind before you put down your new flooring: 

What to Do with Furniture When Getting New Floors

After Your Flooring Installation

Can you put furniture on newly installed hardwood floors?

When your new engineered hardwood floors are installed, you’ll be excited to add your furniture and decorate, but it’s best to wait a day or two to put furniture on newly installed hardwood floors. When you do place furniture on your floors, you’ll want to make sure that you place protective pads on all wooden and metal furniture legs. Remember to lift furniture and place lightly on your floors instead of dragging or pushing furniture into place to avoid scratches on your new floors.

How long before you can put furniture on new hardwood floors?

We recommend waiting at least 24 hours before stepping on the floor and even then, only wearing socks on the hardwood. Wait a total of four days before moving your furniture back to give the flooring enough time to set.

Furniture Tips When Getting New Floors

We hope these tips help make it easier to plan ahead for installing new flooring. If you’re thinking about sprucing up your home and adding a fresh flooring element, request a free room measurement! Get an expert estimate by contacting your local Flooring America location to find out just how much flooring you’ll need to better pin down your project’s budget.