How To Prepare Furniture For Storage

Posted on: 25 July 2018

Furniture is the central component of your home's interior design, and individual pieces each play large functional roles when it comes to providing working, eating, sitting, and relaxing spaces. However, furniture can be quite large, which means that when you are trying to free up space in your home, or when you are moving to a new house, you may want to consider putting your items into storage until you've got the extra space or finished the move. However, you need to make sure that you protect your furniture before you place it in a storage unit to ensure that it does not become damaged.

Deep Clean

The first and most important thing that you need to do before you even consider placing your items within a storage unit is to deeply clean the entire piece. This is to remove dust, dirt, and other contaminants which may be sitting on the surface or hidden away somewhere on your furniture which could cause damage to the material. Make use of specialized cleaning solutions for specific materials, like a steam cleaner for upholstery and wood polish for wooden dressers, chairs, and tables. 

Disassemble Everything

Once you've cleaned the pieces of furniture that you're going to be storing and they've had a chance to dry, you need to make sure that you break them down to make it easier to transport and store them. Remove table and chair legs, take desktops off, and otherwise break every piece into smaller, more manageable chunks. Take care to keep screws and smaller parts together in a bag that is clearly labelled and tied shut so that you have easy access to those parts in the future when you want to reassemble your furniture.

Proper Storage Techniques

Once you move your items into a storage unit, you should make sure that you cover each individual piece — or at least the largest individual part of each piece — with a piece of breathable fabric like a sheet. Avoid plastic sheeting and tarps, which can trap moisture and cause water damage, rust, and mold growth as a result.

Further, you should also make use of wooden pallets to raise your furniture off of the floor. This protects your items against potential temperature fluctuations and condensation which may form, especially if you are storing your items for a longer period of time that will span multiple seasons and thus different weather conditions.