Every household has some furniture, no matter how minimalistic the living style. In the event of a relocation or renovation, you need to store your furniture safely. While we at myrentspace love to take care of your storage needs by offering you a safe place to store, sometimes you gotta do it yourself due to non availability of storage facilities in your city or a personal choice to store at a friend's place.
In such cases, our DIY guide to storing furniture right might just do the trick for you.
Put Away Small Pieces of Furniture First
If you have large pieces of furniture, such as couches or beds, put them away last. Make sure that any small pieces of furniture, such a tables or chairs, are stored first.
When storing furniture, be sure to keep the items upright. Otherwise, dust bunnies will accumulate quickly. Also, if you have pets, place a towel under the legs of the furniture to prevent scratches. Finally, store your furniture in a cool, dry area.
Don't Store Furniture in an Attic or Basement
If you live in a cold climate, you might think that storing furniture in an attic or basement will help protect it from the elements. However, these areas are often damp and humid, which can cause wood to rot. In addition, basements and attics tend to be dark, so furniture stored there won’t receive as much sunlight as it would in a bright room.
The best place to store furniture is in a dry, well-ventilated area where temperatures remain consistent year round. You should avoid storing furniture in a garage or shed because these spaces are usually too hot during the day and too cold at night. Also, if you plan to move your furniture frequently, consider purchasing a portable storage unit instead of keeping it in one spot.
Avoid Using Plastic Bags
If you want to keep your furniture looking new, avoid using plastic bags. The plastic will eventually break down and allow moisture to get into the box.
Instead, use sturdy boxes with tight-fitting lids. You can also wrap the furniture in plastic shrink wrap before placing it inside the box. This will prevent moisture from getting into the box and damaging the furniture.
Protect Against Moisture
When storing outdoor furniture, be sure to protect it from moisture. Covering it with a tarpaulin helps prevent water from getting inside the furniture. You can also use plastic or shrink wrap to help protect against moisture. Make sure to remove the plastic before putting the furniture away.
Dust off your furniture before packing it with plastic wrap. To avoid termite damage, you can spray anti-termite solution on furniture and sun dry it before packing.
If your furniture is made of leather, it needs extra attention. Showing it to the sun can cause fading, avoid this at all costs. Cover it with tarpaulin or plastic wrap just like other furniture to avoid moisture and dust damages.
To sum it up, these tips would go a long way to keep your furniture safe & secure during storage and the best part is you can do it all by yourself, okay maybe a little help from a friend wouldn't be so bad.