Finding a suitable storage facility can be a daunting task in itself. Once you have found one that meets your expectations, it’s time to move in all of your furniture. Before storing wooden furniture into your unit, you will need to prep it for storage.
1. Clean The Wood Furniture Before Storing
Use an appropriate cleaner (preferably one that cleans and protects, i.e., beeswax furniture polish) and wipe off each wooden item thoroughly with a clean cloth; this step can be repeated for an added layer of protection. For unfinished wood furniture, you can use a lemon oil polish (apply lemon oil along the wood grain to prevent damage) or mineral oil. As a note of caution, mineral oil is highly flammable so apply this product sparingly. You can even make homemade furniture oil to polish your wood furniture by mixing almond oil, beeswax, and several drops of lemon essential oil.
Allow the item to breathe in a well-ventilated area so that it can dry completely. This step eliminates the possibility of moisture becoming trapped on your wooden furniture which can cause damage, unpleasant odor and discoloration of your pieces over time.
2. Arrange The Furniture
Once you clean and preserve your furniture, you can arrange it in the storage unit in the most space savvy way possible. Place furniture items you have the least immediate need towards the back of the unit. Also leave a convenient pathway so you can easily get to all of your items.
3. Break The Items Down
For larger wooden items, like beds and tables, prep them first for smoother storage by breaking the items down by removing legs, table leaves, bed rails and planks from bed frames. Then mark, group and wrap these pieces together to maximize more space in your unit.
4. Use Climate-Controlled Storage Unit
The most pressing concern when placing wooden pieces in a storage unit is to find one that maintains an even temperature (the ideal temperature range will vary from facility to facility, so always ask first what they provide). Wood furniture should be stored within a temperature range of 65 to 75 degrees and with 30 to 70% humidity swings. Wood furniture should always be placed in a climate-controlled storage unit. Although they cost more than standard units, placing your wooden items in a climate-controlled unit ensures that they will not warp, crack, peel or become covered with mold due to excess humidity.
5. Give The Pieces Some Space
Also, leave space in between your wooden items. Not only will this prevent your furniture from getting scratched, stained or dinged, it will also allow air to circulate freely between the furniture. It will also minimize the risk of accidentally damaging your pieces if you should ever need to remove them from your unit later on. Also place your items on a crate so they are not touching the cement floor. Wooden furniture legs can absorb moisture from the concrete and can cause water damage.
With state-of-the art storage facilities available, you don’t have to get rid of your beloved furniture pieces if you lack the space to store them comfortably at home. Self storage allows you to declutter your home and keep the furniture you love in a safe, climate-controlled environment. Instead of focusing on the cost of paying more for a climate controlled unit, look at the benefit of climate control storage, which will help maintain your wooden furniture’s condition long term, compared to just storing these pieces in a drafty, damp basement or a hot and humid garage.
The above five steps can help you successfully prepare and protect your furniture items for self storage. Proper preparation and packing is the key to ensure that your furniture retains its shape, finish, and beauty until you can place them back into your home.
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