How To Safely Pack Your Furniture For Long term Storage
There are times when we have to move and leave our belongings behind. Although there are moving companies that will be willing to transport all our belongings to the new home, sometimes it’s easier to just store them for the period that we will be away and come back and retrieve it from storage rather than shipping everything to your temporary home and back.
Let’s take a look at some tips for preparing your furniture for long-term storage.
Clean the furniture
Use the right cleaner for your furniture then keep it in a well-ventilated area for a number of hours so that it dries completely. This will help ensure that no mold or discoloration forms when it’s left in the storage unit. It’s a good idea to polish any wooden surfaces after it has dried to keep moisture out.
Disassemble to save space
When you disassemble your beds, tables, sofas and chairs, they will occupy a smaller space hence you will be able to fit them in a reasonably smaller storage unit thus saving on rent.
Disassembly also makes the process of moving the items to the storage unit easier. Ensure that you label the different pieces accordingly so that you will remember where each piece goes when the time comes to assemble everything back together.
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Protect the furniture when transporting
You don’t want to destroy your furniture even before it gets to the storage unit so it is vital to ensure that you use enough padding materials when moving it. Use moving blankets and bubble wrap around the different pieces to ensure that any bumps on the road do not cause dents or scratches to the furniture.
Be careful when covering the furniture
It’s very important to pick materials wisely when covering the furniture in the storage unit. Plastic packaging can suffocate wood and fabrics, leading to foul smell that takes very long to go away. Make sure you pick the right covering material for your furniture.
Have a placing plan
It might be tempting to jam items into the storage unit to make the most out of the available space. Please remember that you will one day have to remove them and if you don’t place them properly, you can easily end up destroying the furniture. Leave sufficient space between the furniture to allow the free movement of air and give you an easy time when you come to remove them.
Use a climate controlled storage unit
If you have a lot of wooden furniture, it’s a good idea to go with the climate controlled option. This is because any fluctuations in the moisture content in the storage unit could have negative effects on the integrity of the wood on the furniture.
Storing your precious furniture safely can help give you the peace of mind you need when you decide to leave it behind when you move. Take the above steps and you’ll be sure of finding it in pristine condition when you get back.
Written By:Joe Webster
Joe Webster began his journey in the auto transport field by attending the University of Southern California (USC), where he graduated with a Bachelor of Business Marketing.
After college, he started his career in the auto transport industry from the bottom up and has done virtually every job there is to do at A-1 Auto Transport, including but not limited to: Truck Driver, Dispatch, Sales, PR, Bookkeeping, Transport Planner, Transport Manager, International Transport Manager, Brokering, Customer Service, and Marketing. Working with his mentor Tony Taylor, Joe Webster has learned the ins and outs of this industry which is largely misunderstood.
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