What’s the best way to store furniture?
If you’ve ever moved a house or even a few larger items into storage, you’ve probably wondered what IS the best way to store furniture. Is there a science to it? What’s the secret to Amazing furniture storage? Read on, Amazing store-ers!
Make sure you store your furniture in a unit with sealed floors
I look at that picture and I just want to sneeze. All the dust and dirt. Why does Amazing Spaces have sealed floors and why is it such a big deal? Because it keeps the spaces cleaner. It minimizes dirt. It minimizes dust. It is the best environment in which to store furniture. Typically your furniture will touch the ground at some point, even if it’s wrapped. It’s a simple measure to take, but not all storage places do it. Make sure to ask if they have sealed floors. It’s a very important element in ensuring your items stay fresh and clean while in storage.
Climate controlled is the way to go
For about 90% of your furniture items, you’ll want to go the route of climate controlling. Why? Because non-climate controlled spaces are in full influence of the elements. In Houston, we have high heat and humidity levels which can create mold and lead to a rapid deterioration of your furniture. Climate controlling creates an optimal storage environment for your items.
However, please make sure you consider this –
There are varying degrees of what qualifies as “climate controlling” in the self-storage industry. I kid you not, there are many places that still consider “climate controlled” to be 85 degrees. These places often have an open-air system for their climate controlling. When you step into a unit, you’ll see the walls do not go up to the ceiling. Instead, there’s an “open air” concept where fences replace the walls at about 8 feet up. This is not only insecure, but also does not properly create a climate controlled environment. When you’re shopping for storage, look for storage units that have their own climate controlling ventilation going inside the unit. This is easy to spot, simply walk into the unit, look up, and you’ll see the vent going into the space. At Amazing Spaces, this is how we ensure your items stay at the perfect temperature and is the best way to store furniture.
Store furniture items in proper packaging & pack it into the unit carefully
Paintings, mirrors, and large picture frames are particularly challenging items to pack up and move. Regular boxes simply do not work for these items. What can you do? Why, use an expandable picture box, of course! These boxes are super-crazy Amazing. As you can see from the picture above, the box comes in two pieces that slide together. This box can be used on paintings, large picture frames, mirrors, televisions, and even bicycles. Yep, bicycles – Amazing huh? Specialty boxes like the expandable picture boxes help ensure your items are kept in the proper position and offer stability to prevent breakage. Also, make sure your property wrap all furniture. We sell mattress bags for all mattress sizes, as well as covers for sofas and dust covers. Keep it clean, everyone!
Store specialty boxes alongside other boxes, on its proper side
Paintings, large picture frames, mirrors, and televisions should never be stored in a manner where items can be placed on top of it. This could add too much pressure to the item and may lead to breakage. Instead, store the box on its skinny side, next to or in between other boxes. This will secure your box in the safest possible manner. The same is true for dish boxes. Make sure to store them right-side up to ensure maximum protection. Directionally confused? Stop by our beautiful box stores and speak to one of our box professionals today.
Store your furniture in a secured space
If you’ve read my posts in the past, you should know how big I am on storing your items in a secure space. I mean what’s the point of storing items somewhere when there is a risk of your items getting stolen? This is a no-brainer for most folks, but every day members of our team hear devastating stories about how someone’s unit was broken into and all was lost at an insecure facility. Make sure wherever you store your furniture is secure. That means: your unit has a lock, your unit has an alarm, the alarm on your unit actually WORKS and is monitored, the property has digitally recording colored cameras (make sure they don’t erase the recordings after 2 days, too), the gates don’t allow people in, and so on. And please, for all that is Amazing in the world, make sure you rent a space where the walls reach the ceiling. It’s so easy to check that! Learn about what security measures you should ensure are on your space on our self storage security page.
Make the most of your space: Use a mover to properly stack
If you’ve ever used a professional mover, you quickly learn how effective they are at loading a truck. It’s like like live-action tetris. They can do the same thing for your storage space. Save space – if your couch can be stored on its side, go for it! Pro tip – ask them to create an aisle in your unit to ensure you can easily access any items you may need. This is seriously the best way to store furniture: help from a professional.
Compile loose items and label while breaking down large items to save space
The odds and ends are the WORST parts of moving. Make sure you keep everything together when it comes to your larger items of furniture. Storing a pool table? Make sure to label and separate out all the gear that goes with it. Break down items that you can to save space. There are so many awesome vendors that can do this for you, too! We highly recommend Fired Up Assemblers for this particular task or your mover could easily do it too!
Clean furniture items prior to storage
Make sure you give your furniture a good scrub a dub before sticking it in a bag and putting it into storage. I think you know why. We do so much on our furniture that it is bound to pick up dirt one way or another. Cleaning prior to storage helps prevent deterioration. Moreover, if you tend to eat snacks on your couch, a thorough cleaning will help get rid of those crumbs and eliminate any scary things that may come into your unit looking for a snack. Clean, pest-free, and Amazing is truly the best way to store furniture.
And there you have it! Some of the best ways to store furniture. Do you have any other tips you’d like to share? Comment below!