What’s the best way to store furniture?

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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!

Get a storage unit that has sealed floors to minimize dust.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 storage ensures your items are never too hot or too cold. 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.

Put all mirrors and pictures into special storage boxes.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.

Make sure to have a truly secured space. 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.

Properly stack items in your storage space to maximize its potential.

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.

Make sure to properly pack items you're putting into storage. 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!

28 Responses to “What’s the best way to store furniture?”

  1. Larry Weaver
    September 26, 2017 at 7:31 pm

    Thanks for bringing up cleaning furniture prior to moving to storage. I have a dog that is very active jumps around the couch all the time, leaving behind a lot of furs that I didn’t think about cleaning up beforehand. Preparing for furniture storage is what I hope to get done soon before I move.

  2. Michael Robinson
    January 30, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I like how you talked about how to properly store furniture. One thing that you said that I liked was that you need to make sure that your storage unit has sealed floors. My wife and I are going to move to the east coast, and I think that this information is going to help keep our furniture nice and clean. Thanks!

  3. Deb Pearl
    February 26, 2018 at 11:17 am

    My husband and I are moving soon and we really want to store some of our old furniture. Thank you for all the furniture storing tips. I’m glad you mentioned that we should get climate controlled storage units so we can create the optimal storage environment. We will have to keep that in mind!

  4. Sutton Turner
    June 4, 2018 at 12:07 pm

    I like how you suggested that a climate controlled self-storage room is the way to go. We are moving soon and are looking into storing some of our furniture. Thanks for the tips on the best way to store furniture in a unit.

  5. Lilia Robberts
    July 30, 2018 at 7:24 am

    I’ve had to move all my things out of my old home, and I haven’t gotten a new home yet. I am worried what I am suppose to do. Thank you for your advice that I can get specialty boxes to help me store things properly. I had no idea that it was essential to make sure things were packed correctly. Along with looking more into all the ways to secure my items, I’ll need to find a great self storage unite service!

  6. Amy Winters
    November 19, 2018 at 2:30 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that it’s especially important to clean your furniture before storing it if you like to snack while sitting on it, since any crumbs left behind could attract pests into your unit. My husband and I want to get some new furniture; our kids will be moving out in few years though, so we’ll be putting some pieces into storage for them. I didn’t realize that the crumbs leftover on the couch could attract pests, so thanks for sharing the tip about cleaning furniture before storing it!

  7. Sutton Turner
    November 20, 2018 at 9:39 am

    I like how you said that climate control is the way to go when it comes to self-storage units. I am moving to a new state and am keeping extra furniture in my storage unit. Thanks for the tips on storing furniture in a unit.

  8. Steele Honda
    May 7, 2019 at 8:25 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that paintings, large picture frames, mirrors, and televisions should never be stored in a manner where items can be placed on top of it. My husband and I are thinking about getting a self-storage unit while we remodel our house to get stuff out of the way. I think it would be smart to store paintings and art on top to make sure that it doesn’t get ruined and that it will still be there when we want to put it up again.

  9. Amy Winters
    June 11, 2019 at 8:09 pm

    Thank you for pointing out that you should make sure that your furniture is stored in a secure self-storage facility. My husband and I have been thinking of remodeling our home and would need a place to store our furniture. It’s good to know that there are secure facilities that we can store furniture in. http://www.budgetstorageandremovals.com.au/

  10. Thomas Jameson
    July 1, 2019 at 10:28 am

    It’s good to know that storage units with sealed floors will keep the items your store cleaner and in better shape. My wife and I want to store some furniture that we don’t use until our kids move out and need free couches. We want to make sure that these couches stay in good condition so we’ll be sure to look into sealed storage floor storage units.

  11. Eli Richardson
    July 10, 2019 at 3:26 pm

    It caught my attention when you said that you need to make sure that your storage unit has sealed grounds. My uncle has reached the age where he no longer can hold himself. I will help him take his things to a storage unit before moving to a senior care center.

  12. Derek McDoogle
    August 1, 2019 at 1:17 pm

    I found it interesting when you said that climate-controlling creates an optimal storage environment for your items. My wife and I will move to a different state since I got a better job offer. We will have in mind to look for a storage unit in case we take all of our furniture.

  13. Ellie Davis
    August 27, 2019 at 2:47 pm

    It’s interesting to know that climate-controlled storage units will create an optimal storage environment for your items. My husband and I will be moving soon, and we are looking for advice about what to do with a couple of items that we cannot take with us. I will suggest my husband renting a climate-controlled storage unit to keep our belongings safe until we can come back to get them.

  14. Angela Waterford
    August 30, 2019 at 3:30 pm

    Thanks for the tip that I should store my vintage furniture in a secure space, and that means that I should store it in a storage facility. I’m going to store them for long-term, so I’ll have to make sure that I pick the right unit that has the right size for it. As far as I know, the chairs belonged to my grandmother, so I really need to keep them since my mother expects that I’ll be using them on my cabin.

  15. Ron Booker
    September 6, 2019 at 3:31 pm

    I like how you suggested that it is important to label every piece you store and break down any large items to have more space in your storage unit. I have a friend that’s selling his house, and he said he has too much stuff that he has to get rid of or store it in another place. I’m going to help him find a good storage unit where he can store his belongings until he figures out what to do with them.

  16. Ellie Davis
    September 24, 2019 at 9:38 am

    I liked that you mentioned a climate-controlled self-storage unit is the best option to store your furniture. My husband and I are thinking about moving a couple of furniture out of our house, and we are looking for advice. I will rent a self-storage unit to store our furniture while we decide what to do with it.

  17. Ron Booker
    October 4, 2019 at 10:47 am

    I like that you said that storage units have security cameras and security alarms to protect your belongings. My dad told me that he has an expensive sculpture that he wants to keep safe. I’m going to suggest to him getting a storage unit.

  18. Megan Adler
    October 22, 2019 at 1:21 pm

    You make a good point stating that storing furniture in a climate control storage is the only way to ensure your furniture won’t deteriorate. I’m going to have to move to Japan for a year and I want my belongings to be in good shape when I come back. I’ll also make sure that the storage unit has sealed floors and I’ll pack everything correctly.

  19. Darrien Hansen
    November 6, 2019 at 1:13 pm

    I like that you mentioned how getting a climate-controlled unit will prevent mold from growing on your belongings. My wife and I would like to remodel our living room and need a place to safely store our antique furniture once we replace it. We’ll make sure that we find a facility that will keep our furniture safe.

  20. Eli Richardson
    November 13, 2019 at 1:36 pm

    I like how you said that climate control is the best way to store furniture. My wife and I have been talking about finding a storage unit to store our furniture. If we decide to find a storage facility, we will be sure to look for one that offers a climate control unit.

  21. Henry Killingsworth
    December 30, 2019 at 1:11 pm

    I found it helpful when you explained that it is a good idea to clean your items before you place it in a storage unit. My sister and her husband will be putting some old couches in a storage unit. I’ll be sure to mention to them that they should clean their furniture first.

  22. Self Storage
    March 19, 2020 at 8:42 am

    Thanks for explaining why furniture is a common item to be put in storage. My Wife and I will be moving to a new home soon. I’m glad I read your article and learned why using a self storage unit service would be beneficial!

  23. Richard Paryor
    March 23, 2020 at 7:32 am

    Great tips! I am helping my brother find some tips for self storage since he is renting for the first time. I hope it works out for him.

  24. Logan Antonio
    March 29, 2020 at 10:49 am

    I was waiting for the post related to keep the furniture in such a way that it takes less space. Your tips explains all the essential steps taking for keepng the furniture in less space. Due to this more space is available for other purposes. Thanks a lot for sharing such an informative post.

  25. Shaylee Packer
    April 30, 2020 at 8:53 am

    I never thought to hire a professional mover to pack my storage unit before, but that does make sense. We are doing some renovations in our home and will be storing some of the furniture in a storage unit for a bit. I will have to keep these tips in mind as we get closer to storing everything.

  26. Jim
    October 8, 2020 at 4:00 am

    Moving is always a hassle ;) But it is definitely worth the effort. Recently, I helped to move my friend to a suburb of New York City from downtown. He found the company and had his own checklist to make sure he didn’t forget anything. He sent all unnecessary furniture to special storage containers for one month, nothing happened to the furniture during this time :) Did anybody have the same experience of a successful move?

  27. Rebecca Gardner
    December 18, 2020 at 1:36 pm

    I like your suggestion to use proper packing for our items. My brother is planning on using a self-storage unit soon. I’ll share these tips so he can optimize his use of the storage unit!

  28. Rachel Frampton
    January 6, 2021 at 8:05 pm

    My husband would like to rent a storage unit where he may place some of our huge furniture. Well, thank you for reminding us about the advantage of opting for climate control storage because this will create optimal storage for the items. It’s also a good thing that you shared here the importance of verifying the space’s security.


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