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How to store furniture

Couches, Beds, and Mattresses

Couch Mattress
  • Bags specifically designed to protect couches and chairs can often be purchased at the storage facility, along with other packing materials.
  • Stand couches and mattresses on end to maximize space and prevent overloading.
  • Do not store anything near your sofa or mattresses that could transfer color.
  • When taping screws, nuts and bolts to bedframes, be careful that you don’t use a tape that will damage the finish.

Tables, Chairs, and Dressers

table chair dresser
  • Disassemble beds and tables. Wrap table legs in moving blankets or bubble wrap.
  • If a table can’t be disassembled, place a moving blanket on pallets or boards on the floor, and place the table on its top with the legs pointing up.
  • Stretch wrap can be used to keep cabinet doors or dresser drawers closed while moving.
  • Use dresser tops for stacking lightweight boxes, and dresser drawers for small fragile items.

Lamps, Mirrors, and Televisions

lamp television mirror
  • Wrap lamp bases in bubble wrap or moving blankets and pack them in a box designed for storing lamps. Wrap lamp shades in a cotton cover or loose plastic wrap and pack in a box.
  • You’ve paid the big bucks for a big screen TV, so make sure you wrap it in protective bubble wrap.
  • Reserve a climate-controlled storage unit for storing liquid screen (LCD) TVs and computer monitors. They can freeze and break with extreme climate changes.
  • On mirrors and framed artwork, use cardboard corner protectors. Do not store these items flat, as they will collapse under their own weight. Keep them upright and mark them as fragile

General Furniture Storage

  • Use pallets or boards to raise items up and off the floor of the unit to protect them from flooding. Put down a plastic tarp over the raised floor to create a moisture barrier.
  • Cover furniture with cotton drop cloths or canvas tarps to keep dust off and allow for airflow; make sure no fabric from furniture or covers is touching the floor.
  • Use bubble wrap or cardboard to protect the corners and edges of valuable items.
  • If you use cleaning sprays on furniture, allow it to dry thoroughly – the residual moisture can cause mold growth while in storage.
  • Avoid sealing anything in plastic – trapped moisture can cause mold, mildew and rot.
  • Consider looking for a drive-up storage unit or an inside storage unit on the ground floor. If your unit is on an upper level, be sure there’s an elevator. Check to see if the facility has dollies or carts available. Additional Tips for Storing Furniture

Manager's Suggestion

If you have any questions about the items you wish to store, consult the manager of the self-storage facility before you pack and arrive at the site.

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