Packaging and storing furniture is often necessary when you want to de-clutter your home or make some extra space available within your home. If your furniture is stored for more than a few weeks in a facility without climate control, you must carefully wrap the items to ensure their longevity.
Wood furniture dries out, musical instruments deteriorate, fabrics fade and electronics fail when exposed to extremely cold or hot temperatures. Careful packaging preserves and protects your belongings.
Remove table legs, headboards and foot-boards. Store the screws in labeled baggies, so reassembly is quick and easy. Clean and wax wood furniture to provide extra moisture in a storage unit that isn’t climate-controlled. Store belongings in wooden dresser drawers and place a cloth over the items to reduce dust. Remove the drawers from the dresser and store them separately if space permits. Place wooden furnishings away from the door in case rain seeps in.
Wipe the surface with an antibacterial cleaner that is safe for fabrics. Allow plenty of time for the cleaners to dry before storing upholstered furniture in a storage unit. Place padded covers or blankets over furniture to protect it during the move and guard it against scratches or damage in a storage bin.
Use masking tape to secure the plastic, making sure that the tape doesn’t adhere to the furniture. Apply double layers of plastic sheeting to furniture if the unit isn’t climate-controlled. Plastic sheeting also protects your furniture from wood-burrowing insects and rodents.
Wrap cords in bubble wrap and store them along with electronic devices in the original packaging. Fill empty spaces in each box with bubble wrap or foam peanuts to provide a barrier between the electronic device and other stored items. Keep electronics off the floor of the storage unit to guard against moisture.
Wrap the items in plastic sheeting or shrink wrap to protect them from dust, heat and arid conditions. Store silverware in its original box.
In areas where fog is likely to occur, a moisture barrier is essential. Cover furniture with additional blankets and furniture pads to protect it against moisture damage, mold, mildew and water stains.
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