Protecting your furniture is a must when you’re storing it. Although most storage containers are climate controlled and provide a safe place to store your goods, you shouldn’t skimp on protective measures. Whether you’re storing your furniture for a month or for many years, try our tips to protect furniture in a storage container.
What you’ll need:
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Sofa and mattress covers
- Plastic wrap (the stretchier the better)
- Sealable plastic bags (in small, medium and large sizes)
- Corrugated cardboard sheets
- Old blankets and towels
- Rags (for dusting)
- Furniture polish
To dust is a must
Before you get your furniture ready for packing, dust it. To dust your furniture, lightly dampen a rag and wipe it across the surface. If you notice wet streaks on the furniture after you’ve wiped the rag across it, the rag is too wet. Only a little bit of water is needed to dampen a rag.
For older furniture, use a thin layer of furniture polish. Do not spray the polish directly on the surface. Spray it on the rag first to avoid damaging the furniture. You should read the instructions on the furniture polish to ensure that it is safe for all surfaces.
Unpack to pack
Any furniture that can be dismantled should be taken apart. It’s easier to store furniture when it’s in pieces; so remove legs, take apart frames and put cushions aside. Do not cut furniture that is not meant to be taken apart. Remove any knobs and casters that stick out. Again, only do this if they are meant to be removed. For dressers, you can either remove the drawers or tape them shut depending on how much space you have in your storage unit. Any small items that have been removed, such as screws and knobs, should be stored in small and medium sealable plastic bags. The cushions that have been taken off your furniture should be stored in the large plastic bags.
That’s a wrap!
Once your furniture has been dusted and disassembled, you can start wrapping it. Bubble wrap is good for protecting delicate furniture, especially older wooden pieces. Plastic wrap, on the other hand, is perfect for couches and upholstered items. You can also wrap items in old blankets and towels for added protection. Use the corrugated cardboard as a layer in between wooden furniture when it’s in the storage unit.
Now that your furniture is secure, protected and stored, you can rest easy knowing that it’s safe inside your storage container until you’re ready to use it again.