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5 Best Practices for Storing Furniture

Just store It | Feb 20, 2019

Whether you’re in the process of moving or your current living situation doesn’t have the space for all of your furniture, a storage unit for your belongings is a great option to keep them safe and in good condition while you’re not using them.

Preparing furniture for storage is an important process and there are several steps you should take before placing them in storage. If you’re in need of a storage unit, Just Store It! offers a variety of unit types and sizes to accommodate your storage needs. Contact us today for more information about the storage units we have available.

Clean and Polish

Before taking apart furniture or wrapping it for storage, it’s important to make sure it’s clean and protected. Even though you won’t be using anything, cleaning and polishing the different surfaces of your furniture will help keep them in good condition for the duration of their time in storage.

Start by using a clean cloth and wipe any dust or debris off the furniture. Vacuum any furniture that has fabric. Next, for hard surfaces, apply appropriate types of cleaner. Use a polish for wood to add a layer of conditioning and protection; metal surfaces could benefit from a little bit of oil; glass can be wiped down with glass cleaner; and leather furniture should be wiped with a leather conditioner.

When done polishing, leave the furniture to air dry. This will prevent any moisture from creating stains or discoloration while the furniture is in storage.

Disassemble

Once your furniture has been cleaned, polished, and thoroughly dried, it’s time to take it apart. This will make transporting the furniture easier and reduce the likelihood of damage while trying to transport large pieces.

Take headboards and footboards off of bed frames; remove the legs from tables and chairs; remove cushions from couches, loveseats, and armchairs; and remove drawers from dressers, cabinets, and armoires.

Wrap and Cover

Now that you’ve disassembled your furniture, wrap the different pieces in bubble wrap or cloth. Furniture that remains in one piece but has fragile parts, like mirrors or glass-paned doors, should also be wrapped in bubble wrap or cloth. Put these fragile items in boxes as well for additional protection.

Sharp corners should also be protected with cardboard or rubber bumpers to prevent chips to the furniture or injury to yourself. If you’ve removed any screws or bolts, put them in bags and clearly label what they go to so that reassembling furniture is easy when you take it out of storage.

Pieces that aren’t wrapped should be covered to protect them from dust and fading. Don’t use plastic covers because it doesn’t allow the material to breathe. It can also lead to condensation and odor on the furniture and in the storage unit. Instead, use large blankets, sheets, or drop cloths to cover furniture. This will protect them from dust, but it will also allow air to circulate.

Store Strategically

You can store your furniture compactly or leave it spread out depending on what you’re storing and why you’re storing them. If you have a lot of fragile or wooden items, it’s best to give them space to stand. If your furniture is sturdy and bulky, it’s okay to pack things a little more tightly.

For long-term storage that you aren’t going to access very often, it’s also in your benefit to pack items more tightly. If you’re just loading and then unloading the whole unit, you don’t need space to move around. However, if you intend to move items in and out regularly, it’s a good idea to rent a space where you can spread your items out more and that allows you to move through the unit more easily to move items in and out.

Many pieces of furniture can be stored on their side rather than upright to save space. Sturdy pieces can stack on top of each other without fear of damage.

If a piece is fragile, though, store it upright and make sure there’s enough space around it that other pieces aren’t going to hit or rub against it and cause damage or breakage.

Choose the Right Storage Unit

To keep your furniture in its best condition and ensure its longevity, it’s important to keep it in a storage unit that is climate-controlled. This environment is cool and dry, which prevents moisture from building up and staining surfaces or extreme temperature changes from warping or damaging pieces.

If you choose a storage unit that doesn’t have climate control, take extra precautions when storing furniture. This includes keeping furniture up off the floor using cinder blocks or wood pallets to protect from potential water damage. Do not store antique furniture in a unit that doesn’t have climate control. The delicate materials, paints, and stains could be damaged and deteriorate quickly.

At Just Store It!, we offer storage units with and without climate control in a variety of sizes. If you need to store furniture, reserve your unit today.