Are you moving to a new home and are having problems transporting your heavier furniture? Do you need a safe place to store them in while you move? Or do you simply need additional space since your new home does not have enough room for all your things? If you answered “yes” to all these, then storage facilities just might be the answer to your dilemma.
Self-storage units are safe and well-protected. You do not have to worry that much about your things since most units are equipped with security alarm systems. However, if you are constantly busy and will not be able to check on them as much as you want to, it is very important that you know how to properly store your furniture to prevent damages. Below are some tips for storing furniture inside a storage unit.
Raise the Floor
If you live in an area prone to flooding, then it is advisable that you place pallets to at least raise the floor of the storage unit. In addition to the pallets, you also have to place thick plastic tarps over them to create a moisture barrier between the pallet and the furniture.
Cover the Furniture
To prevent dust and dirt accumulation on top of your furniture, you have to cover them up with a cotton drop cloth. If you do not have drop cloths, then you can make use of canvas tarps. Do not use plastic tarps though as it will only trap moisture and hasten up mold and mildew growth. Covers made of cloth are better since they promote good airflow and allow moisture to evaporate.
Of note; when covering the furniture, make sure that the covers are not touching the floor. Should there be flooding inside the storage unit, the fabric will absorb the water. Since the fabric is touching the furniture, the furniture will absorb some of the water, damaging it and causing mold and mildew to grow.
If the furniture can be dismantled, then dismantle it. This way, you are preventing snapping and breaking off of parts. You will also need to wrap each piece with drop cloth and label it accordingly. Store the smaller parts such as the bolts and nuts in a bag and keep them close to the other pieces.
Mirror and Framed Artwork Care
Never lie mirrors and framed artwork flat on the floor since they could easily collapse under their own weight. Also, if you lie them flat on the floor, you are risking something falling on top of them and doing significant damage to the pieces. Instead, wrap them up in a thick fabric and store them inside a box. You can even use cardboard corners to protect the corners of the mirror and frames.
Sofa and Dining Table Set Care
Sofa sets should also be covered with drop cloths to prevent dust from gathering on the cushion. As for dining table sets, if they can be dismantled, then dismantle them and cover with drop cloths. If not, then cover the table top with thick fabric and place it upside down on the pallet, with its legs sticking up. You also need to cover the chairs’ legs and back with drop cloth as well. Never stack them up since this could easily damage the chairs. Instead, place them upside down on tables that cannot be dismantled.
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Jennifer Daehn writes for home blogs where she shares tips and advice for home improvement and DIY projects. If you are having storage difficulties at home, she recommends getting in touch with your local US Storage Centers to know more about their units and prices.