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How to prepare your furniture for storage

11 Oct 2016

How to prepare your furniture for storage

There are all kinds of reasons that you might need to put furniture in storage at one point or another, from antiques that don’t quite fit with the interior of your home, to living in temporary or rented accommodation. In any case, you may need your furniture in the near future so it's important to make sure that it is stored in good condition. So how do you keep your furniture in good condition? We offer some advice on the best ways to prepare your furniture for storage.

Clean your furniture

Initially, give each item a thorough clean before you decide to put it in storage. This ensures that your furniture is clean and ready to be used when you need to take it out of storage. You want to make sure that there are no patches of moisture or stains left on the furniture over time, and check any wooden furniture items for damage before putting them into storage; damage can get worse over time and woodworm could cause serious problems, for example. Here are the first three steps we recommend when preparing your items for storage:

  • The first thing to do when cleaning is to wipe down furniture with a fresh cloth to remove any surface dirt.
  • Use the appropriate cleaner for the specific furniture item to make sure it is thoroughly clean before you put it into storage.
  • Let the furniture breathe in a well-ventilated area and dry completely before you cover it ready for storage.

Protect with furniture cover

You should make sure that your furniture is covered with the right materials for proper protection, especially for long-term storage. This is also ideal for transporting the items to and from the storage unit. Ensuring that you use the right kind of furniture cover is essential to storing your items correctly. You should avoid using plastic covers where possible as they can harbour moisture and damage your furniture; cloth covers or even sheets and blankets offer better protection in storage. Using bubble wrap for sharp corners or things likely to break is also advisable to provide an extra level of protection.

Disassemble larger items

Where possible you should disassemble your larger pieces to make them easier to transport. This includes larger items of furniture such as beds, tables, couches and dressers. Determine whether or not you can actually disassemble the item by looking at the manual to see how it was put together. Some items may be difficult to take apart depending on the way they’ve been put together. If you don’t think it can be taken apart easily then it’s best to leave it intact as it can do more damage trying to take it apart if you don’t know how to.

Plan your storage to make the most of it

Furniture is often large and bulky so it can be awkward trying to fit it into a storage container. It’s worth planning your storage in advance so that you can make the most of the storage space and fit everything in. This also means you will get the best value storage by making the most of the space you have; if you don’t plan your storage in advance you could end up paying more than necessary for a large space that you can't fill or a small space that will result in additional costs. Choosing the right kind of Storage Company is key to this process. If you’re looking for furniture storage then we have the perfect solution with a wide range of different sized storage units to meet your needs.