Many people use storage units to house their precious belongings. It could be that they are moving or that they need more space in their house so they keep a storage unit. Whatever the reason, if you are housing your precious things, especially your furniture, for a long period of time you need to make sure that it is properly prepped and stored. Here are some things you need to know about storing your furniture.
1. Keep It Off The Ground
Most storage units have concrete flooring. Concrete is very susceptible to temperature changes and to moisture. Even if the unit is climate controlled the floor can change drastically with the weather changes. This is why it is best to keep all of the furniture elevated and off the ground. For example, you can prop the furniture of cinder blocks or other boxes.
In addition to protecting the furniture from the temperature changes and moisture, it will also help to have air passing through the bottom of the furniture. This is why you should never keep furniture on the ground.
2. Polish The Furniture Before Storing It
Another important thing is to polish the furniture before you store it. This is especially true if you have leather or wood furniture. By putting a layer of polish on the furniture you will protect the furniture from the elements. For instance, the polish on the wood will hold the fibers together so that they won't shrink or expand with moisture and temperature changes. Leather is especially susceptible to cracking with the changes.
If the furniture is going to be stored for a long period of time you should consider reapplying the polish as it fades. This will keep the furniture in great shape.
3. Cover The Furniture
Lastly, you should always keep the furniture covered. This doesn't mean you should wrap it in plastic wrap; this won't allow for air to pass through and can be dangerous for mold. Instead, use a piece of fabric or a sheet to drape loosely over the furniture. This will protect the furniture from dust and the elements, while still allowing air to pass through and so the materials can breathe. If you don't the furniture can become discolored over time, as well as break and crack.
By understanding how to properly care for your furniture while storing it, you can be sure that you are keeping your furniture in the best condition possible.