Top tips for preparing furniture for storage

Are you moving house? Relocating to new office premises? Have you thought about what you will do with your furniture and office equipment?

It’s worth asking yourself whether there will be room for it at your new place, or if you’d be better off selling it now and buying new when the time comes. If you’re planning on keeping your furniture, you need to consider your storage options.

We appreciate that putting furniture in storage can be costly, and piling everything into the back of a removal van may seem like the easiest (and most affordable) solution. However, opting for storage in St Helens is the most sensible thing to do as you can relax knowing that your furniture is kept out of harm’s way whilst you’re moving. And, in most cases, you can remove items from your unit whenever you like.

It’s only right that you want to protect your furniture while it’s in storage and, to help, we thought we’d offer a few simple tips to help keep your items safe.

How to prepare your furniture for storage

  1. Clean it – first and foremost, you need to thoroughly clean your furniture before you put it in storage. Be sure to give everything a good wipe down with a dry cloth – removing any dust and debris – and use a vacuum and appropriate fabric cleaner for upholstery. Polish any metal sections to remove existing oxidation and consider using furniture polish to seal wooden surfaces, preventing them from drying out whilst held in storage.
  2. Dry it – after cleaning your furniture, you need to make sure that it is completely dry before you pack it up. Leave it to sit in a well-ventilated area and check that there is no moisture trapped as this could cause mould growth or discolouration. If rain is forecast, make sure you wrap your items in blankets or dust sheets to protect them. And if you’re storing a fridge/freezer, don’t forget to defrost it the day before, otherwise, it will thaw inside your storage unit and create a puddle of water.
  3. Dismantle it (if possible) – of course, if you’re only looking for a short-term storage solution, you might prefer not to deconstruct your items. But taking items apart (i.e. headboards off beds, drawers out of dressers and removing legs from tables) will make it a whole lot easier for you to pack and transport. It can help you to maximise space inside your unit too and reduce the risk of items being damaged. And, because you’ll be able to stack items neatly, you could rent a smaller storage space which, in turn, saves you money. Just make sure you group the components of dismantled furniture together so you can reassemble it.

Do you need somewhere to store your furniture?

Whether you’re moving to a new property, redecorating or lacking space, get in touch with The Storage Team. They can provide short- or long- term storage in St Helens for an affordable price.

On top of your own secure space to store furniture, which you can access 24/7, you can also expect:

  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Free use of trolleys and moving equipment
  • Free car parking
  • Free tea and coffee

So, whether it be just a few pieces or the entire contents of your home or office, you can relax knowing that your furniture is safe and secure. Why not give them a call on 01744 811 822? They are sure to have a solution that suits your needs.