If you’re looking at putting your furniture in storage, you will want to ensure it stays in a good condition. You have come to the right place for some top furniture storage tips.
It’s important that you take the time to store furniture items safely. Doing so will help to protect them for use in the future. Whether it’s a valuable heirloom, gifted furniture or furniture you are moving out of the way while having work done on your home, these tips will help help it all safe while in storage.
How do you look after your furniture? Do you keep your furniture for the long-term? Or do you prefer to sell it and buy new furniture for your new home?
Choosing to store your furniture away make sense when you’re in the middle of moving house or redecorating, or through some renovations.
When putting your furniture into storage, it’s important that you protect it from the elements. You will want to make sure the storage environment is safe, clean and secure. You want a storage solution that is built to take any weather conditions thrown at it.
The beauty of using a shipping container for your storage solutions, is they have already faced the harsh conditions of the seas and oceans, so will be well suited to keep your furniture well protected.
Clean Your Furniture
To ensure your furniture is protected in storage, you need to clean it thoroughly before it goes into your storage unit. If your furniture is dirty when it goes into storage, it could lead to mould getting in and causing more harm and damage than you want.
For plastic or wooden furniture that you are placing in storage, make sure to dust them off completely, either with polish, or baby wipes can also work!
When you are cleaning items like sofas and seat cushions, you’ll want to make sure they are completely dry before going into storage. To avoid any damp or mould getting into your unit.
Take Furniture Apart
Before moving large items of furniture, check if they can be taken apart. Where possible, take apart everything you can. This includes things like desks, bookshelves, wardrobes, dressing tables etc.
Taking your large furniture apart will make it easier to get into the van/lorry, to get it to your storage unit. It will also make moving the furniture a lot easier too! By having smaller items to carry you will reduce the likelihood of breaking or scratching your furniture.
It’s important not to lose all your screws, nuts, bolts etc. Keep them in a small bag, so they are all together, and label them so they don’t get lost or confused with all your other furniture items.
Protect Glass Furniture
If you are storing glass furniture such as mirrors, pictures or glass table tops, then it should go without saying that extra care should be taken. Using things like bubble wrap and corner protectors will help in further ensuring your glass furniture does not become damaged while moving or storing it.
However tempting it may be, never stick packing tape directly onto glass. This is because it can leave residue on the glass which in turn is a nightmare to clean off.
We recommend doubled-walled cardboard boxes. These are perfect for storage, and are strong enough to hold all your belongings.
Don’t Overpack Your Storage Unit
The best way to ensure the safety of your items is to make sure you aren’t over packing your self storage unit.
If you cram too much into a storage unit, it’s likely to become damaged, cracked or broken.
Take time to plan what you are actually putting into storage, and make sure everything will actually fit in there safely.
It’s important to think about access to the furniture in the storage unit too. Leaving a pathway or an aisle will make your life easier when trying to access something that’s at the back of your storage unit!