Proper Furniture Storage
Whether you’re a homeowner looking to declutter, undergoing a home renovation project, or simply need more storage space, it’s likely that at some point you’ll have to store your furniture temporarily. While putting your pieces into storage provides a great way to free up space in your home, furniture storage important that you properly prepare your furniture for storage and take steps to protect them from the elements.
Is it safe to store furniture in a storage unit?
The best option for long term storage is to use a climate controlled storage unit. This will help to prevent damage caused by extreme temperatures, humidity, and other environmental factors that can cause wood and upholstered furniture to warp or splinter. If you’re storing your furniture in an un-climate controlled storage facility, consider insulating or covering it with blankets and pillows to prevent it from getting damaged by the cold or the heat.
If you’re storing your furniture for a shorter period of time (like during a renovation project or until you move into a new house), it may be more convenient to keep it in an attic or basement, provided that the space is dry and well-ventilated. However, this can also leave your furniture susceptible to moisture or pests and can cause damage to the finish and fabric of the piece.
During a home renovation, it’s also not uncommon to remove some of your furniture to make room for painting or other work. When this happens, it’s important that you properly store and protect your furniture from paint splatters and other spills. For this reason, it’s often a good idea to disassemble your furniture before storing it (it will be easier to transport and won’t be as vulnerable to scuffing and scratching).