Although wooden furniture can be orantely beautiful and made with high quality materials, they are still susceptible to certain types of damages like rotting, scratches, and cracks if not maintained properly.
Especially if you’re planning on furniture storage, it’s crucial that you take some measures to protect it, so they remain in proper condition until you need them again. Following these simple tips can make your furniture look good as new when you pull them out of storage several months or even years later.
Clean Everything Before Storing
Whether you’re storing in an in-house storage or a self-storage unit, it’s a general rule that you should always clean your furniture before tucking it away for storage. If not it can compromise the quality of your furniture when you need them again.
Food crumbs, dirt, and debris can attract insects and rodents and can even leave stubborn stains. Make sure you’re cleaning the furniture according to their material type and then allowing it to completely dry before moving it into storage.
Take Your Furniture Apart
Tka e rapper look into what furniture can be disassembled. For example, for some furniture you can easily take off the legs and separate the leaves of the table. Breaking large or bulky into small pieces can easily let you transport them, store, and most importantly save space for other things in your storage unit.
Just be sure to stash hardware like bolts, nuts, or screws of these removed pieces into ziploc bags and label them, so it’s easier to put them back together.
Put Bulky Furniture In The Back
Unless you’re getting professional storage services, make it a common practice to place the bulkiest ones at the back. Working backward to front gives more flexibility when it comes to saving space in the front for smaller items that demand more creative stacking.
Safeguard Your Stuff
Try to protect your furniture using blankets and plastic wraps. Blankets can effectively cushion the furniture and prevent potential damages. You can also consider shrink-wrapping wooden or upholstered furniture for longer storage, as it protects against tears, scratches, and other elements. Lining the floor with a plastic sheet can extend the protection further.
Be Aware Of What You Place On the Top
While it’s perfectly fine to keep other items on top of wooden shelves or other flat furniture surfaces to maximize space, be mindful of what you place. Rubbers can break down and leave marks on the wood, so try to avoid placing anything made from rubber directly on top of furniture.
The same applies to wool as it can attract moths and leave stains and nicks on the furniture. In case you’re placing something made of metal on top of your furniture, make sure they are not rusty and it also leaves stubborn stains.
Use Pallets On The Floor
Unless you’re going for a climate-controlled storage unit, it’s advisable to elevate your furniture with the help of palettes and not directly place them on the ground. The condensation on the floor (floor sweat) can wet the legs of the furniture and with time can grow molds. Covering the floor with pallets can trap and stop the moisture from spreading to your furniture.