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Whether you’re downsizing, decluttering, or temporarily storing furniture between moves using the right packing materials and storage methods is going to keep your furniture in good condition.

Clean Your Furniture Thoroughly

Be sure to clean the furniture before storing it. Why? Cleaning helps to prevent damages caused by moisture, dust, or leftover food particles that can attract unwanted pests.

Avoid Plastic Wrap When Storing Furniture

Try to avoid using plastic wrapping on fabric or wood pieces, especially for long-term storage. Plastic tends to generate moisture that can lead to mold or stains on the fabric. Wood furniture is usually polished or oiled to help retain its appearance. If possible, always dismantle stacked segments, table extensions, and table legs.

Use Fabric Dust Covers to Protect Furniture

Consider using a fabric dust cover to prevent furniture from getting stained scratched or warped. Place a blanket wrap over the dust cover. It’s added protection from the light and dust. It also provides a cushion to avoid damage from objects brushing up against each other.

Tuck the blanket warps into the nooks and crannies nice and tight, covering the entire surface. To make sure the blanket wrap doesn’t come loose use packing tape on the outside to hold the sides and corners in place.

How to Protect Large Paintings for Storage

Large paintings or decorative framed mirrors need specialized boxing. Regular packing boxes won’t protect these items. Expandable picture boxes are flat designs in different sizes and to accommodate large and fragile furniture items like pictures, glass mirrors, or television screens. They have formed corners to hold the items in place in the box. The ends slide together to close.

How to Protect Glass Tabletops for Storage

Glass tabletops also need some special handling. Wrap the top in packing paper first and without touching the glass secure the paper with tape. Next, choose the bubble wrap size to wrap around the paper. Secure it again with the tape and make sure there’s no movement. Now you’re ready to measure the box size for storage. Some people prefer to have custom wood crates built for added protection of glass items.

How to Protect a Mattress and Box Spring for Storage

Mattresses and box springs need to be cleaned before and after storage. Each piece needs its own separate cover while in storage. Here’s the hard part; some people agree that mattresses and box springs were designed to lay flat and standing up for an extended period could damage its durability. Be sure you select the right unit size to accommodate your decision and the mattress size. Avoid stacking items on top of it, no matter how well wrapped.

How to Protect Patio Furniture for Storage

Patio furniture cushions share the same preparations as mattresses. Clean each one and store them in individual cushion covers until next season. Wood, metal, or plastic pieces should be treated with a light protective coating and covered in storage. A few extra minutes of care will give these pieces many more seasons of enjoyment.

Climate Control Self-Storage Units are Great for Storing Furniture

Climate control features may be one of the best upgrades to storage units. Why? Items stored in self-storage units usually need protection from the natural elements like changing temperatures. You can be assured that the inside temperatures of self-storage environments are consistent year-round. Some of your favorite and more expensive pieces of furniture require an added source of ventilation. Along with the climate control features designed to maintain ventilation, it’s a good idea to place furniture above the floor by using a pallet system.

The decision to choose a non-climate control environment over a climate control unit due to cost could eventually lead to damage and higher replacement costs for wood and fabric furnishings. Paper documents and treasured family photographs are susceptible to damage with irregular temperature changes. Too dry and paper becomes brittle literally falling to pieces.

Label Your Boxes with Care

Labeling the boxes with notes to “handle with care — fragile — glass” helps to prevent breakage. Disassembled items should be placed in visibly marked boxes. It’s going to help reduce any frustration when it comes time to reassemble.

Box Stacking Tips and Tricks

Never stack boxes on top of large furniture. Stacking makes the best use of limited space when done correctly. Careless packing and stacking can cause irreparable damage to precious items. Boxes should be sturdy enough to withstand collapsing. Old boxes can easily be knocked over, tumbling, and breaking the packed contents.

In some cases, lightweight boxes can sit on top of covered appliances for easy access. No cramming. Large items need to be stored towards the back of the unit and secured to prevent moving or falling forward. Medium-sized boxes should be stacked on the sides of the unit and smaller boxes towards the front or center. Safety precautions include creating accessible aisles within the unit and limiting the height of stacked boxes.

Keep the Hazardous Materials at Home

A word from the wise. Self-storage units are not designed to store hazardous or flammable items. Some cleaning materials are considered combustible, environmentally dangerous, or inappropriate for storage. Storing these types of compounds puts everyone’s unit and contents at risk. The items should be appropriately disposed of during the packing stages, not stored.

Moving to storage isn’t difficult if you follow a few tips. Make sure you choose the right unit size. Layouts within the storage unit are as important as how these items are packed. What these two actions share is assurance for keeping stored furniture in good condition.

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