Forearm Moving Straps vs. Shoulder Moving Straps: Which Is Best for Gals on the Go?
Then we positioned the straps crosswise underneath the couch (per the instructions) and tipped the couch onto its side to demonstrate what we’d have to do to get the couch up a narrow three-story walkup, like my home in Boston’s South End. Because of the uneven distribution of weight—that’s me in the yellow, below, struggling with the heavier side of the couch, while Nicole looks so darn cute supporting the lighter side—this was no easy task. This position was awkward; I don’t recommend attempting it unless you have Super-Woman strength. I almost got a kink in my neck.
Test 2: Shoulder Moving Straps
Our shoulder moving straps, also ordered on Amazon.com, are made by Shoulder Dolly and cost $39.99 plus shipping and handling. They come with two harnesses, two buckles and a wide strap that goes underneath the object being moved.
Once we mounted the harnesses over our shoulders, we placed the wide strap under the couch and inserted the ends through our respective silver buckles, adjusting the length to a comfortable tug.
We lifted at the knees up and back, instantly noticing the difference of our center of gravity with these moving straps versus that while using the forearm straps: it was higher and backward, compared to our having to slightly lean forward and over with the forearm straps. We discovered the Baby Björn of moving straps.
The shoulder moving straps were more comfortable than the forearm straps and made lifting and walking much easier. You can balance the object on the thick strap using your hands to guide and correct it. For a short time I was able to use no hands! Walking was easier, too, because my knees weren’t hitting the couch. It was easier to use the strength of my core rather than my weaker forearms. We were even able to pick Jessica up while she sat on the couch!
The shoulder moving straps were the clear winner.
Moving Straps: The Bottom Line
The takeaway from this experiment is that forearm moving straps are better than using nothing for your move, but shoulder straps really make moving heavy and awkward items a lot easier. Like with the forearm moving straps, you’ll need to corral a roommate, girlfriend or even a handsome neighbor to help you move your stuff. But once you do, the shoulder moving straps make it much easier on your back and arms to lift and carry your stuff. They’re well worth the extra $20!