Storage techniques you must know to protect your furniture

December 8, 2014

Storing furniture is not just about stacking them in a unit and locking it. Here are some simple-to-usestorage techniques you must know that will help protect your furniture.
Choosing a warehouse

The storage unit must absolutely be temperature controlled. If not, you risk condensation which can lead to mold. The space must also be equipped with proper ventilation.

The first tip when visiting a warehouse is to inspect the condition of the walls inside.

  • If you notice condensation, streaking or discoloration on any walls or surfaces, choose another company. Likely, there's mold happening.

Stocking the unit

The storage unit is just a shell. How you pack it is up to you.

  • Place a plastic tarp on the floor to create a moisture barrier to protect your items. It would be even better to stack your items on wooden pallets because it allows air to circulate underneath.
  • Store your biggest household items at the back of the unit; fill the remaining space with small boxes.
  • Avoid stacking furniture on top of each other.
  • Don’t stack anything other than boxes on furniture surfaces.
  • Tables you cannot dismantle can be stored upside down on their tops. The surface of the tabletop must rest on a protective blanket, placed on top of the ground tarp to avoid contact with the floor. If you do this, protect the rest of the table with a sheet and stack the chairs on the inverted table surface.

Protecting your furniture

  • Wrap all your furniture in sheets or blankets. Avoid covering your furniture in plastic sheeting, except for plastic slipcovers designed for sofas and mattress, which are usually sold on site.
  • All furniture should be dismantled or placed in its original position. Otherwise, you risk creating structural tension. For example, a sofa should never be stacked on end or its side to make space. You’ll end up damaging it.
  • Mirrors and glass (i.e., glass tabletops) must be protected on both sides using corrugated cardboard or bubble wrap. Use tape to mark it with a big "X" to remind you it’s fragile. Store glass surfaces on their side and never flat.
  • Pad the corners of furniture with bubble wrap or cardboard corner-protectors.
  • Use a mattress as padding between pieces of furniture, to protect them and allow airflow.
  • To ensure proper ventilation, don't pack furniture too tightly. Always leave space between the walls and furniture.

Remember: You will probably be asked for provide proof of insurance before putting your belongings in storage.

Storage techniques you must know to protect your furniture
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