Relocating to a new home or office? Whether you’re moving to a different state or city abroad, you probably have a number of furniture pieces you need to put in a temporary storage unit. It’s essential to stack or arrange furniture properly to protect them from damage. Following the storage tips below will help you keep your prized desks, tables, chairs, or beds in great condition wherever you’re moving them.
Choose a Storage Unit with a Climate Control Feature
Changes in light, temperature, and humidity levels can affect the quality of wood furniture. If you will need to store your furniture all throughout the summer or winter months, select a storage unit that’s equipped with climate control.
This feature helps protect your belongings from extreme heat and moisture. It also ensures comfortable temperatures in the storage unit no matter the time and day. A storage unit with climate control is a great option if you’re storing wood furniture, couches, and musical instruments.
Clean and Dry Your Items Before Storage
Regardless of how long the storage period will be, make sure all your furniture pieces are thoroughly cleaned and dried before storing them in the unit. Stored items are likely to produce mold and a strong odor over time if they are not cleaned properly.
When cleaning wooden furniture, use mild soap and water to clean all surfaces. You can also use a wood cleaner to preserve the finish of the furniture. For furniture that has fabric, use the appropriate fabric cleaner. For metal pieces, use a cleaner and polishing cloth. Allow the item to dry completely before putting it inside the unit.
Dismantle Chairs, Desks, and Tables
It’s important to disassemble all items that can be taken apart before storage. That way, you can make more room in the unit for more items. Make sure to put a blanket over the disassembled parts to protect them from dust, moisture, and from getting scratched. Place the screws and other small parts inside a bag and label it accordingly.
Cover the Items and the Ground of the Storage Unit
Cover the floor with a plastic sheet prior to loading any furniture inside the unit. This helps protect your items from moisture that may seep into the storage unit. This preventive measure is particularly necessary if you’re using a unit that doesn’t have a climate control feature.
And most importantly, cover all furniture pieces with cloth or plastic to keep out moisture, dust, and insects. Keep the cover loose to prevent damage.
Avoid Placing Furniture Directly on the Floor
There’s always the possibility that moisture could find its way into your storage unit. So no matter how long the transition of your furniture is going to be, never put your items in direct contact with the ground of the storage unit.
Place them on top of pallets from Woodbridge Pallet to prevent them from getting damaged by floodwaters. You can use cinder blocks, pieces of plastics, or blankets in place of pallets if you don’t have them. Practically anything is good as long as your furniture is not directly touching the floor.
Label All Fragile Items
Storing glass tabletops? Wrap them in packing paper, bubble wrap, or in a box to avoid breakage. You can also protect them from damage by wrapping them in a towel or sheets of cloth. Label or mark and have a self-storage inventory on breakable items with “fragile” so people will handle them with care once they take the items out.
Keep these tips in mind for safe and convenient storage. Determine how much space you’ll require before contacting North York storage facilities for the appropriate storage unit for your furniture.
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