How To Store Furniture The Right Way

Published on 8/18/2021

Packing up all of your wooden, leather or fabric furniture can definitely be a stressful task. Especially if they’re valuable, special or just expensive. Here are a few tips on how to store your furniture the right way.

  1. Clean Everything Before Storing. Make sure you wipe down all hard surfaces, vacuum cushions and allow everything to dry completely before storing. This will prevent unwanted odors but more importantly, it prevents the risk of mold and mildew growth.

    • Plastic furniture can be cleaned using a mild soap and water solution.. For wooden furniture, use a duster or a wood cleaner like Murphy's Oil Soap to protect the finish on the wood. Always check the manufacture's recommended cleaning guidelines to prevent any damage to your items.

    • Use a fabric or upholstery cleaner to clean couches and chairs but be sure everything is completely dry before packing up. Polish any metal sections with a polishing cloth and metal cleaner. This removes any oxidation and will help delay the build up of rust or tarnish.

  2. Take Everything Apart. Disassemble bed frames, tables and other large pieces of furniture before storing. This allows easier transportation and frees up much needed space inside your storage unit. Make sure to put screws and bolts in labeled bags or containers.

  3. Wrap Furniture for Long Term Storage. Make sure everything is completely covered. Lay down pallets or plastic sheeting to prevent moisture from the floor seeping into your furniture or boxes. If you wrap furniture in thick plastic it may create moisture block, odor sand eventually perhaps swelling. Make sure that you wrap the furniture with old blankets and sheets so it can breathe.

  4. Protect your Glass Items Make sure to take extra precautions with Glass Items. Wrap them in packing paper and be sure not to place tape directly onto the glass or it will leave a sticky residue you’d have to deal with later. Wrapping glass in bubble wrap or putting it into a box will also provide it with extra security.

  5. Don’t Leave Food Behind Never leave anything perishable in the storage unit because you may attract bugs or unwanted critters. Make sure your storage unit is treated with pest control regularly. You can never be too cautious. 

Here are a few of our best tips for storing furniture in your storage unit! Rent a clean and affordable storage unit with us today and we’ll ensure safety to you and your belongings.