Moving Platforms

Moving platforms help French movers avoid tiny stairwells and elevators.

The narrow stairs and often tiny elevators in French apartments make moving a harrowing task.

Summer is here and our apartment building is in flux. Our floor has largely emptied out. It seems the academic cycle is causing a refresh of tenants in our building.

A moving platform outside the apartment front door.
A moving platform outside the apartment front door.

Moving platforms are a great solution. I have mentioned them before but continue to be enthralled each time I see them in use.

I took some footage of one moving platform and the resulting No more stairs – apartment moves made easy with a moving platform short film is available on my YouTube channel.

Moving Lifts

If your apartment does not have lift access and the stairs are narrow, how do you get your furniture in and out? In France, the answer is through the window.

If your apartment does not have lift access and the stairs are narrow, how do you get your furniture in and out? In France, the answer is through the window.

Moving lift parked and deployed
Moving lift parked and deployed

Here in France, a moving lift is used. A moving lift is a special trunk you can hire to lift your goods to and from a window.

I have never seen a moving lift in Australia or the United Kingdom. I presume they must exist but are just not commonly needed.

Man unpacking a moving lift from within the building
Man unpacking a moving lift from within the building
Looking down on a moving lift panel
Looking down on a moving lift panel

Coming back from shopping this afternoon, we saw one in action and I was pleased to be able to capture a little footage. The resulting film of a moving lift in action is available on YouTube in High Definition and embedded below: