Storing Furniture


Furniture is easily available but it is also deeply personal. For many people it is an emotional purchase because it becomes part of the shared space among family and friends at home. People do not want to part with old furniture as it has sentimental value or in some cases antique furniture has monetary value attached to it as well. Storing furniture, whether for home or office, becomes a necessity when downsizing to a smaller space, selling off property, trying to remove clutter, or even for making space for more family or expanding business.

Storage tips: Use plastic or wooden pallets on the ground under the furniture to keep moisture or mold at bay. Disassemble large pieces of furniture for long term storage and protect the finish on your wooden furniture by applying wax. Also polish metallic furniture to prevent oxidation on the finish. You should use professional services to clean and preserve furniture if possible. Use bubble wrap, towels or blankets to cushion the sharp edges to prevent scratching and denting. Clean fabric furniture before storage to prevent growth of mildew and mold. Protect fragile glass and mirrors using corrugated cardboard and using mask tape to mark an “X” on the surface. Table tops should be placed against the wall and all sofas, chairs, dressers right side up to avoid damage to them. Use furniture covers to protect your furniture. Do consider using rodent repellent and climate controlled storage unit. You can use a light cotton sheet as a dust cover on your furniture.

Items like appliances, electronics, books and documents are also popular self storage candidates as they have personal resonance with us. People tend to think that they might come in handy some day so they are preferably stored away safely.