What’s the Best Way to Store Furniture? 6 Amazing Furniture Storage Tips!

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These amazing tips break down everything you need to know about safely and securely storing all types of furniture items.

Finding the best way to store furniture can be tricky. A lot of our clients use their storage space for storing furniture for a variety of reasons, including before or after moving, as a way of adding space to a home, when clearing an office, or when putting an heirloom into storage for safekeeping. We have compiled this list of six best practices for storing furniture, to ensure your belongings remain as amazing as possible. These six tips are especially important if you plan to store your furniture for a long time. By following these tips, you’re sure to make the furniture storing process easy and efficient, and amazing!

Clean furniture before storing

Clean furniture items prior to putting them in storage

Make sure you give your furniture a good scrub a-dub dub before moving it into a storage space. We do so much on our furniture that it is bound to pick up dirt one way or another. Additionally, cleaning furniture before it goes into storage helps prevent possible deterioration, so this is an essential step to take if you plan to store your furniture items for more than a couple months.

As mentioned, it is important to clean your furniture items thoroughly before you store them. Leaving dust, grime, dirt, or any other residue on your furniture can cause set in stains over time, and it may be impossible to clean off grime after years in storage. Mildew, rust, or mold will spread, so it is especially important to remove them. Basic cleaning will typically start with using a dry cloth to remove dust and a damp cloth for any stains.

Your exact method for cleaning your furniture will vary a little depending on what the furniture is made from. For wooden furniture, pick a gentle cleaner that will not stain or warp the wood. Use appropriate cleaners and some steel wool to get rid of any rust on metal furniture, because the rust will get worse if left untreated over time. If the furniture is made from fabric, it is wise to vacuum it and use a color-safe cleaner on the fabric. Consider using a furniture safe pesticide spray on any upholstery or wood furniture to make sure that any fabric and wood eating pests are not hiding in crevices.

Pro tip – make sure you read the directions on any cleaning product you plan to use to ensure it is the right product for your piece of furniture.

 

Disassemble furniture before putting into storage

Compile loose items and label while breaking down large items to save space

Gathering the odds and ends is the WORST part of moving. Make sure you keep everything together when it comes to storing accessories for your larger items. Storing a pool table? Make sure to label and separate out all the gear that goes with it. Break down items that you can so you can save space.

If you can safely disassemble your furniture, go ahead and do so. Storing furniture in pieces is helpful because otherwise pressure or gradual warping over time can cause breakage along joints and seams. You do not need to completely break your furniture down, but doing things like removing legs, taking out drawers, or even removing bed rails will make it easier and safer to store your furniture. Another bonus of furniture disassembly is that it will make it much easier to move the furniture to your storage unit.

Pro tip – to make sure you can get the pieces back together again, take a few photos and notes while taking it apart.

 

cover furniture before putting into storage

Apply proper coverings and prepare furniture surfaces

A key part of storing furniture for a long period of time will be covering it with something to it. This protection keeps dust or other airborne debris from settling on the furniture, which can cause stains over time. For breakable items like a glass table-top or a ceramic lamp, bubble cushion wrap can be a valuable method of cushioning it. However, bubble cushion wrap and other forms of tight plastic wrappings are not recommended for most other types of furniture. Plastic can trap moisture, leading to rot, mold, or cracks.

The ideal covering for most wood, upholstery, and metal furniture will be something that keeps the surface protected while still letting air circulate around the furniture. You can get specifically designed drop cloths for this purpose, or you can get a blanket or sheet made from natural fabric. Wrap or drape the coverings loosely around the furniture to make sure plenty of air can still circulate.

Depending on the surface material of your furniture, you may need to take a few extra steps to keep it safe. Wood furniture is particularly delicate because it expands and contracts with humidity and moisture. Even though the units at Amazing Spaces are climate and temperature controlled, it is still a good idea to apply a furniture polish or linseed oil coating to your wood furniture. This will keep the wood from drying out and cracking. To prevent any metal furniture from oxidizing, make sure to polish them before storing.

Pro tip – taking an extra step now to prepare your furniture for storage means you’ll be able to love your pieces for a long time into the future!

Climate controlled storage for furniture

Choose a climate controlled space with fainted and sealed floors

Climate controlled storage units are almost always going to be your best bet for storing furniture because non-climate-controlled spaces are at the mercy of the elements. In Houston, we have high heat and humidity levels which can breed mold and lead to a rapid deterioration of your furniture. Still not convinced climate-controlled storage is the way to go? Watch our video about climate controlled vs non climate controlled storage and we’re confident you’ll be impressed.

Not all climate controlled storage options are created equal…

There are varying degrees of what qualifies as “climate controlling” in the self-storage industry. We kid you not, there are many places that still consider the right “climate controlled” temperature to be 85 degrees! In fact, 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, this “open air” concept uses fences as a replacement for walls at about 8 feet up. These types of spaces are prone to break ins and do not create a proper climate-controlled environment. Store at your own risk!

That’s why when you’re shopping for storage, we suggest you 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. You also want to make sure the floors of the unit are painted and sealed – naked concrete or carpet leads to an increased risk of moisture and dirt and dust buildup on your items. If you can’t tell if the floors have been sealed, odds are they are not — few storage properties invest in this type of protection for their clients. Pro tip – be sure to schedule a visit to the storage space you’re considering ensuring everything exceeds your expectations!

Secure storage unit for furniture

Confirm the space is secure to store furniture

If you’ve read our posts in the past, you should know how big we are on storing your items in a secure space. This is an easy decision for most folks, but every day, members of our team hear heart-breaking stories about a unit getting broken into, and the family losing everything at an insecure facility. Make sure wherever you store your furniture, the property and the units are both secure!

That means: your unit has a lock, your unit has an alarm, the alarm on your unit actually works (ask the site manager to demonstrate this to you), and your unit is monitored because the property has digitally recording colored cameras (make sure they don’t erase the recordings after 2 days, too). Ask if about the gates, too! 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. Pro tip – safety and security should be your number one priority, and it should also be the number one priority of your storage provider!

 

stack furniture carefully in unit - rocks picture to demonstrate balance

Organize and place furniture strategically and carefully

The final step of properly storing your furniture will be actually placing it in your storage unit. This might seem relatively simple, but the truth is that you actually need to be quite cautious with placement in long-term storage. If possible, keep the furniture elevated on pallets. This will provide additional airflow around each piece. Avoid stacking anything on top of your furniture because this can lead to warping.

Leave plenty of space for every item to ensure that humidity does not get trapped in tight spaces. Carefully prop your furniture up so that they are not likely to fall into each other and cause scratching. A good rule of thumb is to leave at least two inches of free space on every side of your furniture. It can be tempting to consider packing in your items tightly, but the damage this can do in long-term storage is not worth saving a few dollars each month.

If you’ve ever used a professional mover, you quickly learn how effective they are at loading a truck. It’s 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! Be sure to 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: getting help from a professional, like us!

Pro Tip – Make the most of your space and consider using a mover or storage professional to properly stack your items!

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!

36 Responses to “What’s the Best Way to Store Furniture? 6 Amazing Furniture Storage Tips!”

  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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!

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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. https://www.budgetstorageandremovals.com.au/

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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!

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  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.

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  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.

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  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.

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  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?

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  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!

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  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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  29. Millie Hue
    September 24, 2021 at 10:11 pm

    Thanks for pointing out that covering the furniture would be the key part of storing it properly and safely. I will keep that in mind now that I will be renting a storage unit that I can find this weekend. It’s because I need to store some pieces of furniture that are quite old now to keep them from being damaged when the house gets renovated soon. https://www.smyrnastoragecenter.com/pages/rent

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  30. John Carston
    November 16, 2021 at 4:54 pm

    I like how you mentioned that it is important to make sure that you already cleaned your furniture before you store them. My uncle mentioned to me last night that he is planning to buy new furniture for their new home and asked if I have any idea where is the best option to buy. Thanks to this informative article and I’ll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if he consults a well-known home furniture shop as they can answer all his inquiries and they also offer handcrafted wood furniture. https://www.chicartiqueforthehome.com/pages/home-furniture-hendersonville

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  31. Tiff Gregers
    December 10, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Thank you for discussing how it is good to clean your furniture before you move it into storage. I am moving this winter and won’t have room for all of my things in the temporary space. I will find a reputable self-storage facility in the area. https://www.southtownselfstorage.net/self-storage

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  32. Max Jones
    December 28, 2021 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for the storage advice. I will be moving soon. I’ll look for a self-storage unit to use. https://www.classicselfstorage.com/Services

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  33. Victoria Addington
    January 17, 2022 at 6:41 pm

    Thank you for explaining that climate controlled storage units are almost always going to be your best bet for storing furniture because non-climate-controlled spaces are at the mercy of the elements. We are having home renovation and have been problematic where to store our belongings. Climate controlled storage seems to be the best solution, I better look now for a facility that provides such service.

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  34. John Carston
    January 26, 2022 at 5:33 pm

    It’s great that you elaborated on the importance of making sure that your storage can be stored products properly. I have a cousin who is looking for a self-storage that he will use for storing business products and asked if I have any idea what is the best options for him. I wanted to thank you for your explanation about the importance of consulting a self-storage rental service and I’ll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if he consults one.

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  35. John Carston
    February 11, 2022 at 6:33 pm

    I’m glad that you talked about the importance of making sure to store products that can survive in your storage. I have a cousin who is looking for self-storage that he will use for storing business products, and he asked if I have any idea what is the best options for him. I wanted to thank you for your explanation about the importance of consulting a storage facility service and I’ll be sure to tell him that it will be much better if he consults one.
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  36. Jeff Carbine
    February 18, 2022 at 7:21 pm

    It really helped when you said that’s why, while looking for storage, we recommend looking for units with their own climate-controlling ventilation. I have a cousin who is doing a research paper this should help him, I’ll share it with him. Thank you for the information about self-storage. http://fortressstorage.net/

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