How to prepare furniture for a storage unit


Whether you're moving house or wanting to preserve priceless antiques or pieces that don't fit with your current abode, stored furniture has to be given the tender love and care it deserves. Here's every bit of information you need on how to correctly store furnishings so they look as good as new when you need them.

 
Clean thoroughly
Every item you wish to store needs to be properly and thoroughly cleaned before they're packed and stored. Wipe them down with a soft cloth, using cleaning products and polishes where appropriate, and then make sure to clean up any residue that might be on the surfaces, and before packaging, let the furniture air and dry out for a whole day in a well-ventilated room.
 
If your item is upholstered but has stains, then it might be worth getting help from a professional cleaner before you put the furnishing in storage – the longer they're left, the harder stains are to get rid of.
 
Disassembling items like tables, wardrobes and bedframes can be a good idea if they're very large or you're putting them away for a while, but only do so if you have the instructions to hand and know what you're doing. Plus, don't forget to bag up the nuts, bolts and other bits and bobs.
 
Protect the item
Use acid-free cloth covers to cover pieces of wooden and upholstered furniture and an extra layer of bubble wrap to give more protection to delicate things like lampshades and picture frames.
 
Plastic wrapping should be avoided, given its tendency to trap moisture and facilitate odours, while natural fibre sheets are best at protecting furniture overall, given their dust-busting and airflow-maximising properties. Taping a large 'X' on flat glass items and mirrors will also guard against accidental shattering
 
Arrange correctly
While you might think it's a good idea to cram all of your items into as small a space as possible, it's important to leave a few small gaps between the furniture – this will let air flow freely between items and could limit any damage undertaken if they're messily removed from the storage space.
 
Also, sofas and other soft items should always be stored as they normally sit in the home – don't store them on their sides – and if you have any assembled items with joints or flimsier edges, always bear in mind their structural integrity over time when stacking.
 
After you've stored your furniture, check back on it every few months or so, or every month if you're storing expensive or rare items. For more information on furniture storage with Space Station, click here to get in contact with one of our staff.

 


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