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From Sofas to Tables: 7 Furniture Storage Tips

Sofa in the house
Furniture can be costly, so if you put it in storage, you want to take the time to make sure it does not suffer any damage. Different types of furniture require different precautions as you put them into storage. For instance, a plush sofa is more likely to develop mold than a wood table. To protect all of your items, from sofas to tables, make sure you follow these seven tips for furniture storage.

1. Measure Everything First

Attempting to wedge a sofa or table into a too-small storage unit will invariably result in ripped upholstery or scratched wood. Before you rent a storage unit, measure all of your furnishings, and then use graph paper to draw out a map depicting how you will place the items in the storage unit. Choose an appropriately sized storage unit based on your map dimensions.

For reference, a 10 x 20 storage unit is about the size of a one-car garage and is a popular size for those storing a few larger furnishings. If you have a big furniture set - like a dining room table and chairs - along with a few other big furnishings, you may need a 10 x 30 unit.

2. Leave Space Between Furniture and the Wall

When determining how large of a storage unit you need, plan to leave at least 10 inches of space between any piece of furniture and the wall. You do not want to place furniture directly against the wall because if any condensation forms on the wall, this gives moisture a direct path to your furniture.

3. Ask Friends to Help You Move

Furniture damage often occurs when people attempt to move heavy furniture into storage without the proper assistance. You might drop a heavy sofa and damage the legs or bump it into a corner and rip the fabric. Make sure you have a few strong friends present to help you on moving day, and consider renting a furniture dolly so you move heavier furniture into the storage unit with ease.

4. Clean Any Upholstery

Clean any upholstery before you put your furniture into storage to prevent odors, mold growth, and rodent infestation. If the upholstered item is noticeably dirty, consider having it professionally cleaned. Schedule this service a few days before you plan on loading your storage unit so that the furniture has ample time to dry. Never put damp furniture into storage; mold will surely develop.

5. Wrap Sofas and Other Plush Furniture

Wrapping any sofas or other plush furniture will help protect it from dust and damage. However, you must be careful to use only breathable wrapping materials, like sheets and cotton furniture covers. Never wrap a couch or upholstered chair in plastic wrap. The plastic simply traps moisture in the upholstery, which may lead to mold growth and insect damage.

6. Polish or Wax Wood Furniture

If you seal your wood furniture with wax or a good polish, it will be less likely to crack or develop rot while in storage. Before you apply any polish, use a vacuum to remove dust from the furniture. If you do not have a specialized wood polish on hand, you can use a mixture of four parts olive oil and one part white vinegar instead.

7. Be Careful What You Stack on Top of Furniture

You can stack some light items, like linens or clothing, on top of your furniture while it's in storage. However, you want to avoid stacking anything too heavy on upholstered furniture. Heavy items may leave an impression or compact the upholstery over time.

In addition to following the tips above, make sure you also choose a clean, well-maintained, climate- controlled storage unit for your furniture. If you're looking for climate-controlled storage in the Greater Salinas area, contact Blanco Self Storage.