Guide to storing your furniture long-term

Couple wrapping a wooden chair

We often think about furniture as something practical; it has a role to fill and nothing more. Even dictionaries give cold, lifeless definitions of furniture – it is mere pieces of movable articles, bought for their utility and nothing more. Remember how carefully you chose everything, treating each item like a specific piece of a grand mosaic you were trying to complete. Then, for a myriad of reasons, we sometimes need to put our things into storage. Here is our guide to storing your furniture long-term, so when the time comes to collect it again, it will look the same.

Not All Furniture is Made Equal

The first step is always assessment. Every mosaic is beautiful, but you can often find a few pieces that seem out of place. Take stock of what furniture you have and what is worth storing. Maybe you have been putting off throwing that old table out, but now is the perfect moment to do it. Fortunately, getting rid of your old furniture is not as hard as you may think. When you have a definitive list of items you are keeping, it will help you find the perfect storage space, saving you a lot of time.

Clean and Protected

It is vital to clean your furniture before storing it long-term. Mold, humidity, and staying put in the same place for a long time are the best of buds. Make sure there is no dirt, mud, or mold on your possessions before storing them away. People are sometimes uncertain about how to approach wooden furniture, but you can use plenty of natural cleaning solutions. Proper cleaning decreases the amount of dust and debris in your storage space.

Apart from cleaning, proper packaging is of the utmost importance when moving furniture. No matter what piece you are dealing with, remember to cover it and avoid damage during storage. This stops dust from settling and minimizes the chances of mold and mildew forming. Do not forget to cover the floors. Thick plastic sheeting stops moisture from attacking from below.

A living room with different pieces of furniture
Picture perfect- help keep it that way for years to come by following our guide to storing your furniture long-term

Additional points to consider:

  • Proper positioning- Store pieces of furniture in the same position they were meant to be used in.
  • Stacking- Place heavy items on the bottom, lighter ones on top, but avoid the temptation of making the stacks too high.
  • Don’t cram too much- Just like two days before a big exam, cramming may be a good short-term solution, but long-term, it wields negative results.
  • Inventory- Make a list of everything you have and where it is. Pieces of furniture you are likely to need sooner should be near the front.
  • Disassemble- Make it easier to pack and decrease the chances of damage.
2-seat leather orange sofa in front of a white wall
Wrap leather in sheets to reduce risks of rips and stains when placing into storage

Final Thoughts

Storing your furniture long-term does not have to be complicated. Just follow the above guidelines. They will ensure you preserve those gems you have been collecting your whole life. Let the only problem you come across be incorporating your old furniture into your new home down the line. Don’t worry; you’ll find that anything with sentimental value has a way of slotting in nicely anywhere.

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