The ideal storage situation is a large space that is climate controlled and dark. If that’s what you have, consider yourself lucky; all you’d have to do is make sure your furniture is clean and moved inside correctly.
Most of us, however, are not so lucky. If you’re putting furniture in storage, it’s probably because you ran out of room.
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Subpar Furniture Storage
If you’re transitioning and don’t want to pay for storage space, you’ll probably take what you can get, even if that means a friend’s garage or attic.
The first thing to realize is that you’re taking chances. Exposure to extreme temperatures and humidity swings can cause warping, rotting, cracking, mildew, and mold.
There are a few steps you can take to protect your furniture and increase your furniture’s lifespan. The first step is to thoroughly clean and dry your furniture before storing it. Upholstered furniture can be vacuumed and cared for with a fabric cleaner. Wood pieces can be gently wiped down and (if indicated for your particular pieces) waxed or polished. Metal pieces can be polished as well to protect the finish.
The next step is to do whatever you can to get your furniture off the floor; this is especially important for garage floors. At a minimum, you can place plastic on the ground to protect your furniture from the floor’s hard surface. If possible, use pallets or cinder blocks to raise your furniture. This step will protect your pieces from accidental water damage and moisture.
If you have the time, experts suggest disassembling wood pieces before storing them. Doing this can save space when storage is tight. The one thing you definitely want to avoid is stacking furniture because it can weaken the structure and compromise joints.
Finally, make sure all your furniture is covered to protect it from dust and scratching. You can use drop cloths, blankets, special furniture covers, or plastic wrap (just make sure the plastic is not wrapped so securely as to prevent air from circulating).
Storing Furniture in a Storage Unit
If you’re renting a storage unit, you’ll want to take all of the same steps as above.
Paying the extra money for a climate controlled unit will guarantee that your furniture stays in excellent condition. The constant temperature will prevent wood from warping or cracking while the low humidity will prevent mold and mildew from forming.
Furniture Storage and StorageMart
At StorageMart, we offer climate controlled self storage units you can rent on a month-by-month basis. Check out our storage unit guide to find the ideal place for your furniture, antiques, record albums, and other collectibles that can be damaged by exposure to heat and temperature swings. If that sounds like something that could make your life easier, contact us to rent a unit online today.