How to Protect Furniture in Storage

Written by christopher godwin
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How to Protect Furniture in Storage
Properly preparing your furniture for storage is easy. (modern furniture image by terex from

Protecting your furniture when placing it in a storage facility is an important task, whether your furniture has financial or sentimental value to you or your loved ones. How to properly protect your furniture can seem like an overwhelming challenge at first, but with a little bit of knowledge and common sense, you can prevent damage to your important items. Make sure you have plenty of time to get your furniture ready before storing it, because preparing the furniture is a fairly time-consuming process.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Heavy plastic sheeting
  • Heavy plastic bags
  • Painter's tape
  • Heavy blankets

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    Select a storage facility that is climate-controlled in which to store your furniture. Almost all materials used to build furniture are affected by warm weather or cold weather and the constant change between the two. Leather furniture commonly cracks in cold conditions and solid wood furniture may expand and begin to warp in the warmer parts of the year.

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    Cover the entire floor of your storage space with a thick layer of plastic sheeting. Plastic sheeting can be used as a vapour barrier in your storage space to keep moisture from coming through the cement floor and damaging your furniture. Heavy plastic sheeting is widely available at hardware stores for very little money.

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    Disassemble any furniture that can be disassembled before putting the items in storage. Store the screws or fasteners in a heavy plastic bag and tape the bag to the item with gum-free painter's tape.

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    Wrap all valuable wood items in heavy blankets, especially if they will be leaning against the walls of the storage space. This will prevent the wood from denting and scratching over time.

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    Clean any fabric items thoroughly before storing them to prevent mould and mildew from growing on or inside the item during storage. Mattresses and sofa cushions should be wrapped in heavy plastic wrap and taped closed with painter's tape.

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    Contact your insurance company and see whether there is a plan that fits your needs for your stored items. Many storage facilities have a certain amount of coverage for damage due to fire, flood or other disasters, but these policies are generally not worth very much money. Purchasing a separate policy may be a good idea if you will be putting valuable furniture in storage.

Tips and warnings

  • Avoid putting stress on any piece of furniture in places that would not normally hold the weight of the item. Balancing a sofa on its end or a chair on its top will warp the item over time.

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