Wooden furniture is one of those things most people store incorrectly.
Though it may seem sturdy, wooden furniture can be easily cracked, scratched, or otherwise damaged if they are just thrown in a storage unit. Before moving them anywhere, you must clean, disassemble, and wrap up your every individual piece.
Keep reading to learn about five wooden furniture storage tips that’ll protect your furniture and keep them in good condition.
1. Clean and Treat the Furniture
Cleaning your furniture before you store it will give it an extra layer of protection.
Start by wiping the dust off the wood then sanitize it with an appropriate wood cleaner. If the furniture has pieces made of glass or metal, don’t forget about those parts. Polishing metal pieces will keep them from tarnishing or oxidating while in storage.
Once cleaned, treat the wood with furniture polish. This will add moisture to the wood and keep it from drying out, which could cause cracks and other damage.
Leave the furniture in a well-ventilated area to dry. If they don’t dry completely before you put them in storage, you could end up with patches of moisture or discoloration marks.
2. Disassemble the Furniture
Taking your furniture apart makes it easier to transport the furniture, and broken down furniture also takes up less space in your storage unit. This is especially useful for large or bulky items.
Remove drawers from dressers, take the legs off a chair, or pull extensions out of a table. Storing the furniture in smaller pieces lets you protect each piece individually. To keep your wood in good condition, you should avoid stacking pieces of furniture on top of each other. But if you have to stack smaller pieces, like dresser drawers, put some padding between each piece.
You’ll also want to mark your furniture so you know what part goes with what furniture. Though it might be easy to tell the chair and table legs apart when you compare them, labeling the pieces will make unloading and reassembling quicker and easier.
And while dresser draws may seem like perfect containers to store smaller, miscellaneous things, you should completely empty all your wooden furniture before you put them into storage.
Because forgotten items inside your furniture could cause serious, irreparable damage. For example, imagine you left a few pens at the bottom of one of your drawers. If the storage unit gets too warm, the pens could leak ink and cause some major stains.
Besides, you’re likely to forget about the items you store in your drawers. It’s better to go through the items in your furniture and find them new homes (or package them in their own box) before storing your furniture.
3. Protect the Furniture by Covering It
Protecting your furniture is one of the most important parts of preparing them for storage. Covering your furniture will keep it from getting scratched, scraped, or otherwise damaged.
But you can’t just buy a roll of bubble wrap and call it good. While bubble wrap works well for breakable items, like lamps, glass, or framed pictures, it can actually suffocate wood.
What does that mean?
To put it simply, wood needs to breathe. Bubble wrap prevents the wood from breathing, and over time, it builds up condensation and causes the wood to swell up. It will also create a foul smell on your furniture and in the rest of the storage unit.
Instead, wrap your furniture in blankets and sheets (natural fiber sheets are ideal). These covers will prevent dust from settling on your furniture while also giving the wood enough air flow. They will also shield your furniture from moisture and light, which could cause fading.
4. Create a Plan to Store Your Furniture
When people think of storing furniture, many of them use their storage unit to randomly cram as many pieces in as possible. Creating a storage plan can actually help you maximize your space.
You should also consider the type of storage unit you need for your furniture. The right storage unit probably won’t be the first one you find.
Here are a few easy tips to help you store your furniture safely.
Make Sure the Storage Unit Is Big Enough
Big enough doesn’t just mean all your furniture fits snuggly inside. Ideally, none of your furniture should be touching each other.
The empty spaces let air flow between the different pieces and protect them from accidental scratching, rubbing, cracking, denting, etc. It also makes getting the furniture back out of your storage unit easier.
Remember, you want to avoid stacking wooden furniture, so make sure the unit is big enough to keep everything in their own space.
Get a Climate Controlled Unit
When the temperature changes, your wood furniture expands and contracts along with it. Though this is normal for wood, it could affect the overall strength of the pieces.
If the unit isn’t climate controlled, it’s likely to get humid, and humidity encourages mold and mildew growth. Any type of mold on your wooden furniture could lead to rot.
The best way to protect your furniture and ensure they leave storage in the same condition you left them in is to get a climate controlled storage unit.
5. Keep Furniture Elevated
You have to prepare for accidents, especially if some of your pieces are antique wood or irreplaceable. Keeping your furniture lifted off the ground will protect it from accidentally flooding.
When you put your furniture into the storage unit, set them on top of several planks or blocks. This will keep it out of harm’s way should something happen.
If you leave your furniture on the floor, you’ll risk serious damage should the unit flood or any other water every finds its way inside your unit.
Check on Your Wooden Furniture for Regular Maintenance
This becomes even more important if you don’t have a climate controlled unit or weren’t able to store your furniture safely. Visiting your storage unit at least once a month will allow you to check on your furniture’s condition and make sure they haven’t been damaged.
If you do find any damages or notice that something has gone missing, you’ll be able to inform the storage facility and y our insurance company right away.
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