Storing your furniture properly is key to ensuring it remains in optimal condition throughout the time it’s in storage. While a storage container will provide a safe place to house your belongings, extra protective measures should be taken to make sure that your furniture is prepared to remain in optimal condition while being stored.
Grab Your Packing Materials
While the free cardboard boxes at the back of a department store and leftover newspapers are tempting, it’s important to use proper packing materials when storing furniture. Newspapers can bleed onto different fabrics and surfaces, and used cardboard doesn’t always offer the protection you desire. So, make sure you have the right packing materials before moving onto the next step.
- Packing tape
- Bubble wrap
- Plastic wrap
- Plastic bags
- Corrugated cardboard sheets
- Dusting rags and towels
Start Prepping Your Furniture for Storage
Keeping your furniture protected while in a storage unit takes some preparation, as any dirt or debris left on the surface can cause your furniture to become damaged. Start prepping your furniture by giving each item a good wash prior to using the materials listed above and make sure your furniture is thoroughly dried before moving onto the next step.
For older furniture, you may want to consider adding a thin layer of furniture polish to the surface. Though, it’s imperative that you do so with enough time for the piece to dry fully.
Disassemble What You Can
One of the most important steps to ensuring an easy moving and storing process is to disassemble your furniture as much as you can. Take off the legs, cushions, frames, knobs, and drawers and set them aside to be packed separately. You’ll also want to tape any moving parts shut to prevent them from opening during the moving process.
To prevent losing any pieces, separate the small items, such as screws and knobs, into separate bags for each piece of furniture and tape them a corresponding (larger) piece.
Put Your Packing Materials To Good Use
Once everything is dismantled, you can begin to wrap the individual pieces. Bubble wrap is an excellent and versatile packing material that can be used to protect fragile furniture pieces, such as wood items and breakables. A corrugated cardboard piece should be used as a layer in between wood furniture items as well to prevent scratches.
Couches and other fabric pieces should be wrapped in plastic. You’ll also want to take advantage of furniture blankets while moving these items to and from your storage container.
Leave It To The Pros
If you don’t want to risk any damage and want to ensure your furniture remains in mint condition from the time it leaves your home to the time it gets delivered, consider hiring professional packers and movers. Bekins Moving Solutions offers full-service moving packages that handle everything from the disassembly and reassembly of furniture to the packing, wrapping, loading, transportation, and storage. All you really have to do is decide which items you’d like to put in storage and the rest is taken care of for you.
Properly preparing and storing your furniture takes a few extra steps, and will provide you with peace of mind that your furniture will remain in mint condition throughout the duration in which it’s stored. Bekins Moving Solutions offers a vast array of storing options so you can find the best storage container that meets your needs and budget. Our professionals will also do all of the packing, disassembling, loading, moving for you. Speak with a specialist today to explore the incredible options.