Furniture: it’s responsible for taking most of the space in our homes. That’s one of the reasons furniture often has to go into storage. If you need space but aren’t ready to part with certain things for good, then long term storage is the solution you need. But, despite what you might think, furniture storage isn’t a set and forget solution. Sure, furniture is pretty tough and doesn’t need much maintenance. But, over the long term, small problems can become big ones. That’s why we’ve put together these tips for storing furniture long term.
Polish before you pack: cleaning furniture is a must before storing it long term
This rule is probably the most important one, and it applies to almost all long term storage. Whether you’re storing an antique leather couch or an old TV unit, you simply can’t afford to not clean it first. Clean furniture will last for a long time in storage. Dirty furniture, on the other hand, will simply become dirtier over a long term of storage. Even if it’s kept in the cleanest of storage units, the imperfections and grime present on the furniture will get worse and worse. Of course, there are some things that might bounce back from that – take timber, for example. But other materials, such as leather and fabric, simply won’t. The damage done to natural fibres by dirty storage is too often irreparable.
If your furniture can be disassembled, you should take it apart if storing it long term
On a lighter note, furniture storage doesn’t have to require a great deal of space. At least, it doesn’t when you have flat pack furniture! If you bought flat-pack furniture simply so you could get it home from the shop without a ute, then why not reap the same rewards when storing it? By disassembling any furniture you can, it’s possible to win back a lot of space in your storage unit. That can save you money, too, because you won’t be paying for space you don’t need.
Storing furniture long term works best if you wrap it – but there are some things to look out for!
Before storing most things, we generally wrap it. If you’re storing furniture long term, some sort of cover is especially important. It gives your furniture that extra layer of protection over the days, weeks, months, or even years that you store it. However, some wrapping materials can have adverse effects on the condition of certain items of furniture. Take leather as a prime example. Leather is a unique and organic material that needs a certain amount of air to breath. So, if you cover leather in plastic wrap, it might not be able to breathe enough. As a result, it can suffer from mould growth, and general deconditioning. A suitable material to wrap leather would be a cotton drop sheet, or something similar. That would keep the dust off, without inviting any undesirable undergrowth.
Glass furniture should be handled delicately, and pack separately for long term storage
It goes without saying that glass is one of the more delicate products to store. Glass furniture needs a special and gentle touch when being stored long term. A lot of that comes down to packing, too. If you pack glass furniture, such as coffee tables, near precariously packed, and more hardwearing items, you risk an accidental collision in the future. So avoid the risk altogether; pack glass furniture safely on a stable and low surface, away from other items that could damage it.
Finally, don’t cram! Storing furniture long term requires a delicate touch
Our last tip is as much an unpacking tip as a packing one: don’t cram! It might be tempting to save money on long term furniture storage space by jamming in as much as you can. But all you need is one fine piece of furniture to sustain damage, and you risk losing those savings in one fell swoop. Our advice: overcompensate in space. You’ll thank us when the time comes to get your furniture out!