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
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How big is your new flooring project?
How long will installation take?
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:
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.
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:
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:
After Your Flooring Installation
Can you put furniture on newly installed hardwood 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.