What Is Climate Controlled Storage & What It Does For Your Furniture

What Is Climate Controlled Storage & What It Does For Your Furniture

Furniture is designed to last in a warm, dry living room, not a cold, damp basement or a dry, hot attic. But, can furniture be stored in a standard non-climate controlled unit, or does it require climate controlled storage?

The temperature, humidity, and air conditioning of climate-controlled storage units depends on the weather outside. This will assist in controlling the temperature and humidity inside the storage unit, as well as keeping your belongings dry and cool.

A storage unit without any upgrades may be sufficient for furniture and other valuables in the short term. When storing furniture for more than a few months, however, the benefits of climate controlled storage usually outweigh the disadvantages. In other words, the added security is worth the extra cost.

Upholstered Furniture

Upholstered furniture is especially vulnerable to odors in humid, non-climate controlled environments. In a cool, dry environment, a couch that you hope to use again will be the least likely to be damaged.

In some cases, shrink wrapping upholstered furniture can protect it from excess moisture in a damp storage environment. Plastic, on the other hand, does not allow fabrics to breathe over time, so it is not the best storage option.

To protect upholstered furniture from dust and pests, we recommend wrapping it in a breathable cotton cover or sheet and storing it in a climate-controlled unit.

Valuable or Antique Furniture

Antique wood furniture has stood the test of time, but it still requires special attention. The most offensive element for this type of furniture is humidity, which is the amount of water vapor in the air. Wood can shrink or swell as a result of this water vapor.

Swelling and shrinking can result in cracks and other damage, which will lower the resale value. We recommend storing valuable wood furniture in a room with a constant temperature and a relative humidity of around 55 percent.

Humid Environment

Mold and mildew thrive in humid environments, attacking furniture wood, fabric, and leather. In these areas, standard storage units will maintain higher humidity levels than in more arid climates.

Mold and mildew can grow quickly in these conditions, in as little as 24-48 hours. If you don’t clean furniture that has mold or mildew on it properly, you risk exposing yourself to health risks. Moldy furniture may not be salvageable in some cases.

Remember that even if you don’t live in a high-humidity area, storing furniture in a non-climate controlled environment can be difficult. Excessive heat and dryness can split or crack wood furniture.

Seasons for Storage

Seasons matter when it comes to storage. Cold weather can cause wooden furniture joints to dry out and loosen. Leather can be brittle. Any neighborhood pests that find their way into your basement or garage will find a warm welcome on your big, fluffy couch.

Heat can be a problem as well. As previously stated, high temperatures promote humidity, which causes a slew of issues. Heat and leather do not mix well.

A climate-controlled unit might be your best bet if you need temporary furniture storage in the summer or winter. A non-climate controlled unit may be sufficient for your needs if you need temporary storage in the spring or fall.