How To Prepare Furniture for Storage

Storing Upholstered Chairs

Whether you are a homeowner getting ready to move or a real estate agent staging a home for sale, self storage can provide both short- and long-term options to reduce clutter during a move. Home furnishings usually represent the largest investment inside a home, and the wide range of styles and quality characteristics makes finding the right type of storage very important. If you are wondering how to store furniture long term, we’ve got some handy tips to keep your belongings in the best possible condition.

It is highly recommended to thoroughly clean wood, leather, and upholstered furniture before storing it. Higher-end professional moving companies will shrink-wrap your upholstered furniture before moving it. This provides an extra layer of protection against dirt, stains, scuffs, and fingerprints. They should also wrap wooden and leather furniture with paper or moving pads then shrink-wrap it before loading it onto the moving truck.

However, when it comes time to store shrink-wrapped furniture, be sure to check with your storage facility manager on whether or not to leave your furnishings wrapped in plastic while storing furniture in your storage unit.

Storing Furniture Wooden Chairs

6 Things to avoid when storing furniture in a storage unit:        

  • Allowing furniture to come in direct contact with floors or walls inside a storage unit
  • Storing upholstered furniture in any other position than how it was designed to be used
  • Pests including termites, cockroaches, and rodents
  • Placing boxes or other items against or on top of upholstered furniture
  • Moisture and humidity
  • Extreme heat

The cost of storing furniture will vary based on whether or not you need a climate-controlled storage unit in your state and city. However, climate-controlled storage is usually recommended for storing all types of home furnishings. Fabrics, padding, and cushioning found in upholstered furniture are all highly susceptible to heat, cold, and humidity that will cause them to deteriorate more rapidly.

Storing Wooden Furniture

Storing wood furniture requires a few extra steps

Wood has been valued in furniture construction for centuries due to its innate beauty and durability. However, wood expands and contracts with changes in surrounding temperature and humidity. Whether you are storing furniture in the garage or plan to rent a nearby storage unit, it is almost always necessary to prepare your wood furniture beforehand.

Painted furniture may simply need to be wiped down, but stained, dyed, oiled, and waxed wood furniture may require special care such as applying linseed oil or a specific type of furniture wax. Storing some types of wood furniture in a garage is not advisable. Before storing antique wood furniture be sure to consult a furniture restoration specialist in your area for the best advice on how to prepare your investment for storage.

When storing furniture long term, remember to take special precautions with your wood furnishings and that underneath your upholstered furniture is a wood frame.

There are several benefits of having a nearby storage unit—convenience, easy access, top-notch security, month-to-month leasing options, and protection from the elements. From family heirlooms to extra home furnishings used by real estate agents, professional stagers, and interior redesign professionals, it’s possible to keep all types of furnishing in excellent condition while in a storage unit.