How to Hoist Furniture Through a Window

Want to move a bed or dresser that won’t fit through the door? Consider hoisting it in through a window. It’s not as easy as it sounds, but if you have some solid friends and a sturdy ladder, this is an option for you. First, position the furniture, so there is at least one wall with open space on either side of it.

How to Hoist Furniture Through a Window

Next, find something to stand on so your helpers can reach the furniture from outside without going inside. Finally, they need to slide their hands under the furniture and lift while shouting “Hoist!” The following blog post will explain how to hoist furniture through a window: what equipment you’ll need, where best to position your furniture before lifting it, and how to land it safely.

10 Steps to Follow on How to Hoist Furniture Through a Window 

Step One: Get the Right Tools

Hoisting furniture through a window is not as easy as it sounds. To do this, you are going to need the right tools. If you have done any work around the house, you most likely already have what you will need. If not, there are some things that you can probably pick up at your local hardware store.

You first need a good-sized step ladder, one which you feel comfortable climbing onto and standing on. If it wobbles around too much, find another one. Also, make sure that the legs will spread far enough apart to fit the window’s width.

In addition to this, as mentioned earlier, some tools may not be necessary but will make the job easier. These would include a tape measure, a screwdriver (size and type depend on your screws), and either a drill or hammer.

Hoisting Furniture Through a Window

Step Two: Measure the Width of the Window

The width of the window will depend on if you can easily fit through it or not. If you are unable to fit through it, then your furniture will not be able to either. Therefore, make sure that the window is wide enough for your piece of furniture before starting any work at all. For ease of reading, I have provided pictures below to depict how you should measure the width of your window.

Okay, so if you cannot fit through the window, there is no reason to go further. If your width is under or around 24 inches, then move on to step three. If it is over this but under 36 inches, you will require the help of a second person. Make sure your friend knows how to lift heavy objects before starting this endeavor, though.

If your width is over 36 inches, I’m sorry, but there’s no way around it. So you will have to take the door off of its hinges instead of hoisting it through the window. Now, if your width is over 36 inches, but under 48 inches, then you will need to take the door off of its hinges and set it on the floor next to the window opening instead.

Step Three: Position Your Step Ladder

Make sure that the ladder is set up near the window. You don’t want to be running back and forth too much once you start hoisting furniture through your window. It’s also a good idea if it is elevated off of the ground by about four inches or so, just in case, there are any obstacles on the ground that will get in the way of your furniture. If you want to find out more about how to hoist furniture through a window, keep reading.

Step Four: Prepare Your Furniture to Fit Through the Window

Make sure your furniture is well within the window’s opening. If you have very wide windows, this might not be an issue for you, but if it isn’t that wide, then you’ll want to make sure that everything fits through it before hoisting anything up. You might also want to make sure that you are standing next to the window, and with your back toward it, in case you need to see your furniture from a different angle.

Measure the Width of the Window

Step Five: Hold the Furniture Up

Make sure that your furniture is as close to the window as possible, and then reach up and grab it. Hold it tight enough so that your grip is secure but not so tight that you damage or strain yourself in any way. You will likely find that your grip may very well become weak because of gravity, and also depending on what type of furniture you are hoisting up.

It might be a good idea to have another person there, simply holding the other side of your furniture so that it doesn’t come crashing down on top of either or both of you.

Step Six: Raise Your Furniture

Now you are going to carefully push your furniture up, trying to keep it as close to being level as possible. If you have a taller piece of furniture, then this shouldn’t be too much of an issue for you, but if it is shorter than what you are used to working with, then you may find yourself having trouble finding the right angle and position where your furniture is able to slide through.

Raise Your Furniture

Just be patient, work it slowly, and everything should fall into place eventually. If you cannot get your furniture to fit through the window without tilting or bending it in any way, then that’s okay. You can still make it work.

Once your furniture is as close to the window as you are going to be able to get it without damaging anything, take a quick moment and assess how much more room you have on either side of the window. If there’s very little space left at this point, then hoist it up a little higher and take another look. If you use the steps outlined above for how to hoist furniture through a window, you can do it yourself.

Can You Take Window Out to Get Sofa in?

When it comes to window removal, the answer is yes. Windows are removed for many different reasons; if you can’t get furniture into your home because of a window, then it might be time to remove the window. If you need to take out a window to get your sofa (or another large piece of furniture) inside, here’s the best option for doing so.

A window may need a good cleaning, but before you start hauling out tools and dismantling your home, determine if it’s worth it to take out a window. If the glass just needs a wipe down or there’s some kind of obstruction that’s preventing your window from opening and closing quickly, then all you need to do is call a window cleaning service and get it taken care of.

Frequently Asked Question

Can You Move a Couch Through a Window?

No, you cannot move a couch through a window.

The dimensions of the window will prevent it from going through, and to get the couch out, you would have to break the window, which is not recommended.

How Much Does It Cost to Hoist a Couch?

There are many different ways to get a couch hoisted. The first step is to measure the distance from the ground to the ceiling and figure out how much it will cost.

If you need a professional, they usually charge by the hour, but you can also find someone who will do it for a flat fee. If you want to save money, try going with an experienced friend or family member who knows what they’re doing. You should plan on spending about $200-300 on this job.

Move a Couch Through a Window

Can You Move Furniture up A Spiral Staircase?

If you are looking for a staircase that is easy to move furniture up and down, then you need to look for a spiral staircase. A spiral staircase is ideal because it has rounded sides, which means there is no fear of getting stuck between the steps or walls when trying to move items up or down.


When done correctly and safely, the knowledge of hoisting furniture through a window is an invaluable skill to have. You’ll be able to save money on moving costs by not having to hire movers or rent a truck. If you’re too far from the ground for your rope to reach, don’t worry!

We’ve also included instructions for using two chairs in place of the stool that we used in this video tutorial. These easy steps will help make it possible for anyone with enough time and energy (and some ropes) to move heavy items without any outside assistance. Finally, in this blog, we’ve laid out a few tips on how to hoist furniture through a window.

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