How to Store Furniture

This post was originally published on April 14, 2011.

As needs, seasons and trends change, individuals and businesses alike can find themselves with excess furniture.

Whether you are a homeowner going through a move, or a restaurant requiring storage for patio furniture during the winter, self storage can provide both short- and long-term options for reducing clutter and saving time.

Benefits of Storing Furniture

Residential users and business owners can both experience key benefits from furniture storage. They include:

  • Maximize space for items you use more regularly.
  • Reduce space needed to store seasonal furniture.
  • Help protect furniture that is not in use from humidity and temperature fluctuations that might occur in an attic or warehouse space.
  • Effectively stage homes to sell by storing excess furniture.

Staging a Home by Storing Furniture

Many homeowners selling their residences strive to make rooms look larger and more organized by reducing clutter – this includes furniture. By removing large or clunky furniture and keeping it in a self-storage unit, you can better stage each room for a successful selling process.

Materials Needed for Furniture Storage

Before prepping your furniture for storage, gather the following materials:

  • Bubble wrap
  • Markers
  • Old blankets, sheets or towels
  • Packing paper
  • Plastic covers for furniture and mattresses
  • Sealing tape

Preparing Furniture for Storage

Prior to placing your items in your storage unit, complete the following steps to help prolong the life of your furniture and maximize space:

  • Disassemble parts, and carefully wrap them in packing paper or bubble wrap. Store together and label them so you easily locate them for reassembly later.
  • Protect furniture legs by individually wrapping in bubble wrap to prevent scratches.
  • Ensure safety of glass surfaces with packing paper, or a sheet, towel or blanket to avoid nicks and scratches.
  • Cover couches, mattresses and other cushioned or fabric furniture with a plastic cover to prevent dust and tears in the material.
  • If your unit is not carpeted, lay down blankets, sheets or towels underneath furniture, especially when face down.

Keep in mind that furniture with drawer space can also be utilized for storage, and can help open up additional space in your unit for other items.

The Importance of Climate Control

Like clothing, electronics and documents, furniture should always be stored in a climate-controlled storage unit, even for short-term storage. Exposure to humidity in conventional storage can lead to warped or stained wood, and musty or discolored fabrics.

Talk with your facility manager about the availability of climate control. Consistent levels of the appropriate relative humidity can prevent damage to furniture, and will have the greatest impact on maintaining the original condition of your furniture over time.

What tips do you have to make packing and storing furniture effective? Share with us in the comments below!

Security Self Storage offers a wide variety of packing and moving supplies, including tape, packing peanuts, bubble wrap, furniture covers, locks and more at each of its six facilities in Northeast Ohio. Talk with a facility manager if you need any of these items before storing your furniture.

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  1. Michael Maloney's avatar
    Michael Maloney
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    Before I ventured into the storage business, I was working in an F&B outlet and has been helping some friends move to their new homes. One of my friends decided to store some pieces of furniture that won’t fit in to his new place. He decided to rent a storage facility near his place, hoping that he would be able to use these sooner or later. He did exactly was itemized out here, from the type of facility, to costs and even temperature control. However, what he did not anticipated was that he and his wife sooner or later did not find any use for the old pieces of furniture and eventually had to dispose of it. In the end, he spent on a useless expense, which was furniture storage. Though he had no regrets, but he hoped to have made a better choice, i.e. to have disposed of the furniture right away.

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