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Jul 16, 2013, 07:19 AM
Sliding mat for stairs
I'm looking for a thick, plastic mat with straps that's used for sliding heavy objects upstairs. The one I saw online was British made and seemed to work well with large loads such as 60# bags of bird seed. Unfortunately it's not available in the States. Thanks for any help.
Jul 16, 2013, 09:46 AM
I've never seen such a thick mat but am wondering if moving companies might have what you need. Compass Storage has storage units with a lot of moving supplies; this might be an option, although I don't know if they're in Eastern Tenn.

I found some: after Googling "thick moving mats".

The Google link is

I also got some hits googling "moving supplies, thick mats". Another long link which may or may not work:
Jul 16, 2013, 04:20 PM
I have moved heavy/awkward things up and down stairs by using an old rug and an old nylon sleeping bag. Neither of these items were really that usable (before or after), but found they worked pretty well in a pinch.

Rolling furniture end over end on carpeted stairs, has worked for me too, when trying to get a large cabinet up the stairs without help. And recently the bottom half of a heavy, leather recliner. Amazing what one person can do with motivation.Wink

We inherited some nice quilted/nylon moving blankets from a professional mover. I bet these would work great for your needs and what you describe. Moving companies may sell them used, or advertise you are looking for some on Craig's List?
Jul 16, 2013, 09:50 PM
how about the nylon mats you put under the rolling office chairs cut to the width of the stairs and attach some heavy duty straps .these come in different gauge and you would get one that is smooth on both sides..
Jul 17, 2013, 09:11 AM
A sheet of Tyvek (construction home wrap) under something a bit padded like a blanket or old rug? It is both a slick surface and VERY strong/tear resistant.
Jul 18, 2013, 09:25 AM
Thanks all. I found a thick, fabric door mat with a rubber-like underside at Lowes. After attaching nylon cord in 6 places, the mat slides easily up the oak stairs without leaving any finger prints. And that rubberized backside keeps items from slipping off.
Jul 18, 2013, 09:36 AM
Good thinking!
Jul 18, 2013, 10:40 AM
I'm saving these ideas for future times when I have to lug stuff up and down the stairs. In the past I've used blankets but they don't hold very well, even with safety pins and those plastic clamps given out by businesses with displays at senior expos.
Apr 14, 2014, 08:51 AM
Juana Haw
When I made a renovation in my house I stored my belongings in this warehouse in Ontario. Professional loaders helped to move all the heavy furniture pieces. I' m wondering why people ask for such awkward things like a “thick plastic mat” if you can ask for professional help and not to dive into those details.

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Apr 14, 2014, 09:54 AM
Originally posted by Juana Haw:
I' m wondering why people ask for such awkward things like a “thick plastic mat” if you can ask for professional help and not to dive into those details.

Perhaps because this is a DIY Forum, not a "hire a contractor" forum? Why spend money to have furniture removed if you can find an appropriate mat?

Or perhaps you just spotted this post to dredge up (along with some others today) and post a commercial link but didn't bother to read the entire original post?
Apr 14, 2014, 10:32 AM
My thought exactly, GardenSprite!

But spammers are pretty much clueless.