Tips for Long-Term Furniture Storage: Keep Your Antiques and Collectibles Safe

Furniture is an essential component of our homes, and we can’t imagine living without it. Whether it’s a comfortable couch, a stylish dining table or a sturdy bed frame, furniture makes our lives easier and more comfortable. However, there may be times when we need to store our furniture for long periods due to various reasons like moving to another city or downsizing. In such situations, proper storage is crucial to ensure that your furniture stays in good condition.

Assessing Your Furniture

Before storing your furniture for the long term, you must assess its condition carefully. Take note of any existing damages or scratches on your items; this will help you identify any additional damage that may occur during storage.

Cleaning Your Furniture

It’s important to clean your items before storing them away so that they are free from any dirt and dust particles which can cause stains over time.

To clean wooden furniture: Dust with a dry cloth then use wood cleaner & polish.

To clean fabric-covered upholstery: Vacuum regularly using an appropriate vacuum head attachment

To clean leather covered upholstery: Wipe down with a damp cloth

For metal surfaces treat with protectant spray if applicable

Disassembling Larger Items

If you have larger pieces of furniture take them apart where possible as this will help reduce the risk of damage occurring during transportation – some examples might include:

Dissembling beds (headboards/footboards)

Take legs off tables/chairs/sideboards etc

Remove shelves from bookcases etc

Be sure to keep all screws/nuts/bolts together in labelled bags so assembly once again is easy.

Having disassembled smaller parts pack into boxes lined with bubble wrap/packaging paper.

When taking these steps make notes/drawings as necessary so reassembly at destination easier upon retrieval.

Choosing The Right Storage Facility

When it comes to storing your furniture long-term, choosing the right facility is crucial. Here are some factors you should consider:


The location of your storage facility should be easily accessible so that you can check on your items whenever needed; choose a secure facility that is vigilantly monitored and controlled for theft.

Climate Control

The ideal storage environment for furniture should be at moderate temperatures with low humidity levels to prevent mold growth or warping and cracking due to extreme temperature fluctuations.

Proper Packing Supplies

Ensure that the storage infrastructure offers packing supplies, such as bubble wrap, moving blankets and special boxes designed for storing delicate items like glassware and mirrors.

Storing Your Furniture Long-Term

Once you’ve chosen a suitable storage provider here are steps to follow in getting ready to put things away:

Kill any Pests

Before placing everything into its temporary home make sure there aren’t any pests present by using an appropriate insecticide spray treatment/pest control service.

For wooden pieces use naphthalene balls/mothballs (in ventilated containers), this prevents termite damage

If possible elevate beds off ground level, place legs onto stands or pallets

Make sure boxes containing separate parts are placed together within reach making assembly easier once again upon retrieval.

Also take care not pack too densely – air needs to flow between stored objects

By following these simple guidelines & taking extra precautions when preparing furniture for long-term storage will ensure it remains safe from harm until next occasion it’s needed.

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