How to properly store furniture in a storage unit

How to properly store furniture in a storage unit

Storing your furniture in a storage unit can be a great way to free up space in your home. If you are thinking of storing some unused furniture items, take the time to prepare, protect and organise things beforehand. This will help to preserve the overall condition of the furniture and reduce the chances of damage. Here are a few things to consider when thinking about how to properly store furniture in a storage unit.

Prepare your furniture before storing

It is important to spend some time on preparing the furniture items to ensure that your precious pieces aren’t damaged and that they come out of storage in the same condition as when they went in.

The first stage of preparation should be to give all of the furniture a thorough clean. This will help to eliminate mould and prevents any stains or dirt from further deteriorating the material. Hoover and wipe down sofas and mattresses in the first instance. Any stains or stubborn marks can then be spot treated with suitable stain removers. Always make sure that furniture items are dry before they go into storage. Wooden furniture can be dusted off and wiped down with a mild soapy solution.

It is always a good idea to dismantle larger items of furniture before storing them. This will help to save space in your storage unit and better protect the furniture from damage. Be sure to safely keep all of the screws and fixings together so you can easily reassemble the furniture when you need it.

Protect your furniture

Ensure that your furniture is properly packed, wrapped and covered to ensure its longevity, especially if you are considering long term storage. Be sure to get the right packing materials before you get started. Use old sheets, blankets, plastic wrap or bubble wrap to cover the items and protect them from dust and moisture. Take care not to wrap furniture with thick plastic covers that will seal in moisture. This can create condensation and result in swelling of the furniture so don’t wrap items too tight. Mattress covers are available in all sizes and are great for properly protecting mattresses. Pay particular attention when packing mirrors or glass items as these can be very fragile. Use blankets, towels and bubble wrap to fully protect the items.

Consider the layout for the storage unit

A sure-fire way to break a valuable piece of furniture is by putting too much into your storage unit. The best way to store furniture in a storage unit is by not overloading it. Organising your storage unit can save you loads of time and energy in the future. Measure the unit before moving in and ensure the furniture will fit through the door. Take into account the size of the door and the height of the unit.

Start with the largest pieces and work your way down to the smallest. Place the furniture near the unit’s walls and leave a few feet of space between the walls and the furniture. This will give you space to move around and access the items if you need to.

Make full use of the height of your unit, but be careful not to stack furniture unsteadily on top of one another. If you are stacking items of furniture, it is wise to use pieces of cardboard or other protective material between each piece of furniture. This will help to protect the furniture from scratches while providing an extra cushioning layer. Always place the heaviest pieces of furniture at the bottom, then lighter things on top.

Properly storing your furniture items doesn’t need to be overly complicated. Our useful tips on how to properly store furniture in a storage unit should help to ensure your pieces stay in great condition; whether it’s short term temporarily storage or long term storage.

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