How To Properly Store Furniture

Posted on: 21 July 2016

Whether you want to protect antiques, open up more floor space, or simply hold onto certain pieces that you don't have a place for in your home, furniture storage is a great option. However, if your store your furniture improperly, you run the risk of damaging your items. Thankfully, there are a number of things that you can do to make sure that your furniture is properly stored away for future use.


Before you move any furniture into a storage facility, the most important thing that you need to do is clean each item. Leaving moisture, stains, or any organic debris on fabrics, woods, and other materials, can cause damage to the finish and promote mold and mildew growth, which can ruin your furniture over the long-term. You should clean each piece of furniture appropriately, based on the materials that it is made out of, and let it air dry so that any remaining moisture is removed before moving it into furniture.

Take it Apart

Though more to make your job easier and to protect any damage that may occur during transportation, you should take apart any large pieces of furniture. This means breaking down bedframes, removing legs from tables and chairs, taking the drawers out of dressers, and so on. This can also help you fit together larger pieces of furniture and get the most out of your storage space.

Cover Up

You should cover each piece of furniture based on what it is made out of. For fragile items like mirrors, use bubble wrap or a thick, soft cloth to prevent them from shattering. Drop cloths can be used to keep dust and moisture off of wood. Avoid using materials that may not be breathable, like plastic or metal, which can prevent air flow and can help mold and mildew grow on your furniture. For appliances and electronics, such as televisions, computers, speakers, and the like, make sure that you pack them with bubble wrap to prevent any damage to their fragile inner workings.

Moisture Protection

While covering your items can help protect your furniture from leaks which can fry electronics and ruin fabrics, it is still a good idea to cover the ground of the storage unit with a plastic sheet or similar material to prevent moisture and condensation seeping up from the ground. Furthermore, you should store items which are extremely susceptible to water damage, like televisions, above the ground to help guard them against moisture.

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