Long term storage
February 19, 2014

How to Prepare Furniture for Storage

When people rent a storage space, they often do so for the primary purpose of storing extra furniture.  This is completely understandable, especially since it’s quite common to inherit furnishings from family and friends over the years. While a storage unit enables you to keep these items secure, you must take the right storage preparations:

Wood-Based Furniture

If you have a piece of furniture that is made of wood, you will first want to clean it and then apply any furniture polish or oil as necessary.  Check to see if you can take it apart for easier traveling and storage; beds and tables can customarily be taken apart so they take up less space.  Use older blankets, rather than bubble wrap or plastic wrap, to protect wooden furniture while it is being stored.

Particle Board Furniture

Particle board is an alternative to solid wood furniture, which makes it an affordable option for many homeowners. Consider a temperature controlled storage unit to avoid an extra moisture from absorbing. Try wrapping the particle board in breathable plastic, like one of our furniture covers for sale in our office.

Glass Furniture

A glass table top or glass curio shelves needs to be well-protected while in storage.  After cleaning it, protect it using several layers of bubble-wrap or a similar alternative.  Once in the storage unit, make sure it is positioned so it can’t be broken.

Plastic Furniture

Plastic furniture, such as kids’ tables and chairs, can be wiped down and put into storage without much fuss.  There is no need to put any protective covering on it, either, because it can be so easily washed if it becomes dusty.

Make Sure Your Storage Unit Is Ready, Too

Purchase some pallets or shelving so your furniture never touches the floor.  Also, plot out a map of the storage room where everything is going to be stored.  Then, when you want something, you can find it without difficulty and won’t have to turn the whole unit upside down.

The more storage preparations you take, the better they will look when you need them again.