Furniture may be big and strong, but when you place it in a storage unit, it can be prone to damage. Of course, you want your furniture to look its best and still be usable when you need it again. So, follow these tips for better furniture storage to ensure your pieces stay free from scratches, mold, and other types of damage.
Cover it loosely.
There are waterproof plastic bags made for storing furniture, and some homeowners even cover their couches in plastic bags, taping them together for a good seal. But while it may seem like a good idea to seal furniture up completely, you're usually better off covering it lightly with a breathable cloth. This allows air to circulate so moisture does not get trapped in or against the furniture, leading to mold. Drape a linen sheet over each piece of furniture; it will keep the dust off without doing any damage.
Don't put items on top of soft furniture.
Unless you're storing a shelving unit or dresser that's meant to support the weight of stored items, it's best not to stack other things on your furniture while it's in storage. If you stack items on a soft furnishing like a couch or mattress, it could leave an impression.
Disassemble large and cumbersome furnishings.
When you have a large piece of furniture, like a dining room table or chest of drawers, you're likely to bang it on doorways or the truck when moving into storage. To prevent this type of damage, consider disassembling furniture when possible. This will also allow you to store your furniture in a more compact space, so you can fit more into the storage unit. Keep all of the washers, screws, and other hardware for a piece of furniture in a plastic baggie, label it, and keep it in a drawer so you know when it is when you later pull your furniture out of storage.
Pay a little more for climate control.
Your wooden furniture might be okay in a non climate-controlled unit, but do you really want to risk it? All types of furniture are a lot safer in climate control where there's fluctuation in humidity and temperature. You're far less likely to end up with mold, warped shelves, and other climate-related issues. Climate controlled units cost a little more to rent, but this is still cheaper than having to replace your furniture.
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