Our Top Tips for Storing and Moving Your Furniture

Storing and moving furniture is a big job where too many things can go wrong. As a result, it’s important to plan as much as possible. To help you avoid potential pitfalls, we’ve compiled our top tips for storing and moving your furniture. 

Clean Furniture before Storing

You want to keep the original condition of your furniture, especially if storing it long term. That’s why it’s important to first remove any dust and dirt with a moist cloth. Be sure to allow time for each item to dry before storing it so no moisture gets trapped and causes mold or mildew growth.

Disassemble Bulky Items

Large pieces of furniture such as tables, beds and dressers are hazardous to move and awkward to store. You can make moving and storing these items much easier by:

  • unscrewing legs
  • removing cushions
  • taking drawers out or securing them shut while moving

Group loose pieces together and label with a piece of tape to indicate which item of furniture they go with. 

Cover and Protect

After you’ve cleaned and disassembled your furniture, cover it to protect it from dust. Drop cloths, sheets and blankets make excellent furniture covers. Your self storage provider may offer padded furniture covers and plastic wrap that you can purchase to protect your furniture.

Choose the Correct Size of Self Storage Unit

You don’t want to pay for more storage space than you need, but you also don’t want to underestimate the space needed to access and retrieve your belongings. Your self storage provider can help you choose a self storage unit with the perfect dimensions for storing and retrieving your furniture quickly and comfortably.

Storing and moving furniture is a big job where too many things can go wrong. As a result, it’s important to plan as much as possible. To help you avoid potential pitfalls, we’ve compiled our top tips for storing and moving your furniture. 

Clean Furniture before Storing

You want to keep the original condition of your furniture, especially if storing it long term. That’s why it’s important to first remove any dust and dirt with a moist cloth. Be sure to allow time for each item to dry before storing it so no moisture gets trapped and causes mold or mildew growth.

Disassemble Bulky Items

Large pieces of furniture such as tables, beds and dressers are hazardous to move and awkward to store. You can make moving and storing these items much easier by:

  • unscrewing legs
  • removing cushions
  • taking drawers out or securing them shut while moving

Group loose pieces together and label with a piece of tape to indicate which item of furniture they go with. 

Cover and Protect 

After you’ve cleaned and disassembled your furniture, cover it to protect it from dust. Drop cloths, sheets and blankets make excellent furniture covers. Your self storage provider may offer padded furniture covers and plastic wrap that you can purchase to protect your furniture.

Choose the Correct Size of Self Storage Unit 

You don’t want to pay for more storage space than you need, but you also don’t want to underestimate the space needed to access and retrieve your belongings. Your self storage provider can help you choose a self storage unit with the perfect dimensions for storing and retrieving your furniture quickly and comfortably.

Maximize Your Self Storage Space 

Once you have picked a self storage unit, create a “storage map” to optimize your storage space and find items easily. Measure your furniture and use grid paper to plan exactly where to place them in the unit. Coordinate matching labels and color codes on your furniture and your map so the map corresponds with the each piece. Include rows and aisles on your map so you don’t pack too tightly, yet have enough room to retrieve your furniture.

Protect Your Back

Too many back injuries happen from poor lifting habits. Make sure to lift with your legs instead of your back, use a back brace if needed, and remember to use a furniture dolly for especially heavy items.

By following these moving and storage tips, you can make sure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

Sentry Storage Solutions offers secure self storage solutions to residents in Greater San Diego and Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

Once you have picked a self storage unit, create a “storage map” to optimize your storage space and find items easily. Measure your furniture and use grid paper to plan exactly where to place them in the unit. Coordinate matching labels and color codes on your furniture and your map so the map corresponds with the each piece. Include rows and aisles on your map so you don’t pack too tightly, yet have enough room to retrieve your furniture.

Protect Your Back

Too many back injuries happen from poor lifting habits. Make sure to lift with your legs instead of your back, use a back brace if needed, and remember to use a furniture dolly for especially heavy items.

By following these moving and storage tips, you can make sure your relocation goes as smoothly as possible.

Sentry Storage Solutions offers secure self storage solutions to residents in Greater San Diego and Chula Vista, California. For more information about our services, please contact us by phone or complete the form on this page.

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