Furniture Storage Units
One of the biggest challenges when self storing furniture is protecting it. It is all too easy to tear a couch or nick a dining room table in transit. Even once it is in storage it can suffer damage without the proper steps taken. We’ve got you covered with our practical 5 step guide to storing your furniture the right way.
A well stored piece of furniture will be
- Protected during transit
- Covered properly
- Stored in the right sized storage unit
- Raised from the floor
Step 1 – Clean your furniture
Our sofas see a lot of use. Just think of all the times you have slept, eaten and lounged in yours. If you have a pet, chances are it has done the same and more. Dirty furniture quite simply accumulates mould, dust and deteriorates faster. Give your furniture the cleaning it deserves, its earned it.
Looking for an affordable cleaning solution?
The guys at ‘How Stuff Works‘ have come up with a useful list of household items that can be used to clean your furniture. Their method for cleaning stains on wood is the last thing you would have considered.
“You can remove a ring on a wooden table easily with a little sandwich spread. With a clean, soft cloth, rub mayonnaise into the water mark on the wood. Leave it overnight.”
Looking to get a professional clean?
Give us a call and we can advise you of the best service in your area.
Step 2 – Transport your furniture safely
If you are transporting the furniture yourself you want to be absolutely sure that cabinet is secured firmly against the wall of the van. It is a familiar story to hear that someone was driving along, invigorated from loading the van, when all of a sudden they hear a smash. There goes great Deirdre’s victorian mirror…
Want to know how to secure your furniture safely? Call us, we are happy to help.
Step 3 – Cover and protect your furniture properly
Covering your furniture will protect it in transit, while you move it into storage and even in the months that follow when things like dust and mould become an issue. Before you begin covering your possessions be sure to disassemble any pieces that are relatively easy to do so. This will avoid damage and scratches, but make sure to keep any screws, legs, bolts etc together.
It is important to use the appropriate cover which each piece of furniture.
Get your hands on some sofa covers, packing blankets & tape, microfoam, paper pads and cling film.
You want to protect the sofa from getting ripped and from any dust, stains or water damage from the van. You can just buy a sofa cover that was created for this job, but here are couple of alternatives if that is not your style.
Cover the whole sofa with packing blankets and tape them secure. Make sure to cover any finished wood that is exposed. It helps to put the sofa on its end so that you can tape around the whole thing to make sure the blankets are secure.
For the best possible protection, wrap the sofa in microfoam and tape it together securely. Then you want to wrap the sofa with paper pads and start cling-filming everything. Don’t cling film the sofa directly since this can cause condensation. You really want to be liberal with the microfoam and paper pads.
You can find some great guides on packing your furniture safely here.
Step 4 – Choose the right storage unit size
This one sounds straight forward but you would be surprised how often people get this wrong. Sometimes people come here to look at an empty storage unit until they go “Yep, that one!”. What looks spacious enough when its empty will fill up quite quickly. Extra things will find their way in there and it will be difficult to move around.
While we will always do our best to accommodate those that perhaps haven’t quite prepared, here is are a few tips.
Measure the floor space of your large furniture and choose a storage unit that will allow enough room around the sides so that there will be no contact with the material.
Plan the arrangement
Plan how you will arrange the furniture in the unit
Store small things in big things
Sounds like common sense we know! But what if you cannot open the wardrobe to put your small boxes in because it is facing outwards, or the doors cannot open with the foot of the chair in the way?
If in doubt, go bigger!
One thing you can count on when you have a storage unit, is that you will be putting more in there than you planned to. If you don’t want to go through so much of the planning phase a larger unit will certainly give you more options and make the process easier.
Step 5 – Raise your furniture off the floor
This is an important one. The trouble with storing so many valuables in one place is that there is always the risk of accidents ruining everything. It is too easy to knock something over, drop a tin of paint or kick something with your dirty boot. Simply by raising your furniture from the floor you can avoid some of these worst case scenarios.
Use pallets (we have plenty here), waterproof tarp or even house bricks.
This might seem like a lot of work but if your furniture is worth storing then it is worth looking after. If you get stuck our office is right next door.