Is there really a special way to store furniture? Get a couch, put it in a humid concrete or sheet metal box, come back when you’re ready for it. Lucky for those of you that are storing your furniture here in the foothills of the North Georgia mountains. The climate is one of the best places in America for storing furniture without requiring the extra money to pay for a climate controlled unit. However, if you want to avoid damaged furniture from improper storage, you need to prepare your furniture properly for storage.
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Furniture Storage Basics
First of all, in order to save furniture storage space disassemble as much of your furniture as you can before moving it to your unit. This will make your life and the lives of the people helping you move much easier. Of course, not everything can be taken apart, so these pieces will have to be transported whole. When storing furniture in one piece, try set it in the furniture’s originally designed position. For example, you should store a couch in its sitting position. This is better than standing it up on one end. This will help to eliminate the risk of damage from improper weight distribution. This will also help the furniture keep its original shape.
For ventilation purposes, try to raise furniture off the floor, especially sofas and couches. Also, do not place pieces of furniture in direct contact with the walls of the unit. Walls can store moisture from leaks and transfer the wetness to your cherished furniture. Do not wrap furniture in plastic for storage because plastic wrap seals in moisture. A better option is to cover furniture with a cool and porous cloth. Canvas or linen covers work very well to allow moisture to move freely.
Take special care when storing leather furniture. Start by applying a polish and wax to the leather to to repel moisture from seeping in and to keep it in good condition. If your are storing fabrics for longer than a year, then consider using a climate controlled storage unit. Heat and humidity can start to break down fabrics after extended exposure.
There are some great tips and tricks that we can share with you to keep your mattress in excellent condition. Lets protect it from dust, heat, bugs and humidity. All of these elements can cause a really good mattress to be transformed into an unusable one.
Mattresses can suffer from many of the same threats that effect any other stored furniture. But an additional concern with mattress storage is with avoiding insect infestation. It’s good practice to cover your mattress with a good quality mattress storage bag. Good quality mattress storage bags are usually 2 millimeters thick. This thickness helps insure protection to the mattress from most dust, water, and insects.
Nothing is better than a climate-controlled unit to keep a mattress in its best shape. However, those units rent at a premium. When storing a mattress in a non-climate controlled unit, place it in a cardboard box loaded with packaging peanuts, or elevate the mattress using wooden pallets. The idea is to keep the mattress off the floor. This helps to avoid condensation from building up between the concrete floor and the mattress.
Finally, store your mattress in an upright, vertical position. By not storing the mattress in a flat position, you will not store heavy objects on that could damage or alter the mattress’s inner parts, and distort its original shape.
Storing Wood Furniture
It might help to treat your wooden furniture before putting it into storage. Linseed oil and various furniture polishes will help ensure your expensive, beloved wood furniture stays moisturized enough to not crack, and minimizes the possibility of mold damage. To prevent scratching your furniture during transportation, make sure to cover it with furniture padding.
When storing wooden furniture be aware of termites. If your storage facility is located in a region known for having a termite infestation problem, do not use wooden pallets to raise the furniture. Adding just one piece of wood could attract termites. Adding more wood increases the likelihood for trouble.
Always be mindful of weather conditions. Unusually long periods humidity and high temperature can cause wood to expand and contract, leading to damage. In severe cases, drastic changes in temperature can crack or even destroy some wooden furniture.
Threatening Situations for Stored Furniture
The conditions that cause the greatest threats to furniture conservation in a storage unit are mold and mildew, which are caused by moisture and humidity. Knowing this, consider the climate where the storage unit is located. If you are in South Florida and you are storing your furniture during the months from May through October, finding a climate-controlled storage unit is a requirement. Here in the North Georgia region, your concerns would be limited to storing furniture during the months from June through August. If the self storage facility is built with minimal leaks the let moisture into the storage unit and has proper ventilation your furniture should do well even during those months.
Over-packing a storage unit, where you’re jamming pieces into the unit to make them fit can cause you to pack your furniture improperly. As long as you follow the advice mentioned before, not putting heavy objects on top of furniture, you should be okay. Remember to move your furniture carefully because any time you move, you risk minor damages. For example, hitting doorways and snagging your furniture on sharp edges are common causes of marking up or tearing furniture.
Choosing the right size storage unit and the right level of climate protection for specific regions will lead to protecting the furniture while in storage.