Many people after the years we’ve had maybe thinking about moving house or traveling around in a motorhome. Well, I’m here to help tell you how you may want to pack away and store your furniture. Whether it be into a storage unit or into a mover’s van.
A must before you do anything is to evaluate the options you have for storage, or even if you’re going to store all the furniture you have.
A good way to cut down on costs of storing furniture is to be brutal with yourself as to whether you like or even need all the furniture that you have. As the cheapest storage is not having one at all, if you don’t want, need, or like some of the furniture you have then the best option is to either sell it or throw it away.
If you like and need/want all your furniture and you want to store it for a later time, then a storage unit is probably the best option. This is only if you’re selling your house or in the middle of moving houses. If you choose to rent a storage unit then the best choice to store your furniture is in a climate-controlled unit, these will help ensure your furniture stays safe from anything like moisture or extreme temperatures.
Clean Your Furniture
You must at all costs clean your furniture. This will stop any rancid smells from building up in the unit, as well as stop mould and dust from forming.
For any wooden pieces, a recommendation would be to use any wood cleaner to help protect the finish. Wood and plastic can both also be cleaned with some light soap and water, make sure you dry them as well. You must clean fabric and upholstery, you can use any fabric or upholstery cleaner to help with this, but make sure that everything is dry. Polish any metal with a soft cloth and metal cleaner, this will delay any tarnishing and remove any oxidation.
Dismantle Your Furniture
To reduce the risks of any breaks or scratches it would be best to dismantle anything that will allow it. Dismantling the furniture will make it easier to move, stack, and store. Any small pieces like screws, bolts, and/or dowels should be put into a small bag that you might want to label. The small, labeled bags should be stored near their respective piece of dismantled furniture.
Wrap Your Furniture
If you do not have a climate-controlled unit then placing down a plastic tarp or sheet on the floor would be best to stop any moisture from damaging your furniture. Even if it is climate-controlled I would still recommend placing down a plastic sheet as a precautionary measure.
Always wrap your furniture, you do not want a build-up of moisture or dust that may damage any of your furniture. You can use plastic wrap, bubble wrap, old sheets or blankets, and dust sheets to protect your furniture. Try to avoid any thick plastic covers, you do not want to trap in any moisture as this will cause the formation of condensation. Condensation and moisture will cause your wooden furniture to swell. Just make sure that the furniture is covered but it can still breathe through the material.
Be Careful with Glass
Anything that may be glass or fragile should be handled with extra care. First, you will want to wrap the glass in some packing paper and layer bubble wrap all over the glass. Make sure to not tape directly onto the glass. If you still want some more protection then you can place the entire item of furniture into a box, make sure said box is long, wide, and flat as you will want it to be like the piece of furniture itself.
Raise Your Furniture
If there is no climate control then it’s best to keep the furniture directly off the floor, even with a sheet. Try using things like cinder blocks and pallets to keep the furniture up and away from the floor, it also adds an extra layer of protection in the unlikely issue of flooding.
Don’t Stuff Your Unit
When storing your furniture and belongings in a unit you will want to start with the largest items at the back. Make sure everything is organised and that you have a way to get to everything. After your larger items then make your way down in size to the smaller items and boxes towards the end.
You will want to leave a pathway through your unit so that you have access to the back and sides of the unit. Make certain that everything is clean and decluttered, don’t force too much in as you don’t want to damage anything.