Self Storage units are a great place to store furniture that you do not use frequently. Many people store furniture in self storage units, however not everyone does so correctly. Many people do not realise that there is a correct way to store certain items of furniture. Not all furniture is the same and if stored incorrectly, it can sustain damage over the long term. Below, we have complied a list of five furniture storage tips to remember!
#1 Make sure your furniture is clean before you store it
If you store your furniture with stains, dust or mildew, then it is likely to deteriorate while in storage. Often, people store furniture for months, or even years at a time. During this time, any damage, deterioration or mildew will only compound. For example food stains might develop into mould, which will spread and potentially ruin your furniture. Stains will set in and potentially become irremovable. If you clean your furniture, however, it stands a much better chance of remaining in perfect condition for the duration of its time in storage.
#2 Know what you are storing
Different materials are susceptible to differing types of damage. Textiles such as cotton or leather are prone to various types of deterioration, which are made worse by incorrect methods of storage. Before you store your furniture, you should take some time to work out what it is made out of. To do this, you should look at any labels or care instructions on the furniture. If there are none, then perhaps do some research to try and work out what it is made of. Once you are aware of this, you can work out how to store it.
#3 Pack your furniture properly
This tip ties into the previous one about knowing what you are storing. Packing certain materials in the correct manner will ensure their longevity. Leather is probably the most commonly overlooked material. When storing leather, it must breathe. By the same token, however, it cannot be uncovered entirely, or else it is prone to environmental damage. The ideal way in which to store leather is by covering it in a cotton or porous sheet of some description. Again, doing your research is instrumental in this process.
#4 Don’t stack items of furniture on top of each other
Stacking heavy items of furniture is primarily a health and safety issue. Retrieving your furniture if it is stacked can be potentially dangerous. It is surprising how many injuries can occur in this way – some of which are quite serious. Heavy items of furniture should simply never be stacked on top of each other. Smaller items may, in some instances, be suitable for stacking. This is only the case where at least one item has a flat surface on which to stack the other. Items or furniture – or anything for that matter – should never be stacked above head height.
#5 Store more frequently used furniture towards the front
To make your furniture storage experience more convenient, you should aim to pack more frequently used items of furniture towards the front. If there is some furniture, such as chairs, that you see yourself using with relative frequency, then you should make it easiest to retrieve them. Furniture that you are not likely to use in the foreseeable future might be more suitable for packing at the rear of your storage unit. By taking a targeted and consider approach to packing your furniture, you can ensure that it is easy and safe to retrieve. You can also make sure that your furniture remains in good condition.
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