5 Tips on How to Pack Furniture for Long-Term Storage

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Packing furniture for long-term furniture is a little more involved than just packing for a move or short-term storage. You need to consider protecting your furniture as well as reducing the risk of mould.

These 5 tips on how to pack furniture for long-term storage from our removalists will help you protect your items whether they’ll be in a storage unit for a month or years. By following these tips, you can protect your furniture from damage and keep it in as good a condition as when you first stored it away.

5 Top Tips for Packing Furniture for Long-Term Storage from a Removalist

Clean and prepare.

Before packing your furniture, it’s crucial to clean it thoroughly. Dust, dirt and moisture can lead to mould or mildew growth, which can damage your valuable pieces.

To clean your furniture before storage, use a gentle cleaner appropriate for the material of each item, and let them dry completely before packing. One recommended cleaner is one part bleach to three parts water, or substituting the bleach for white vinegar.

To protect wooden furniture, consider applying a coat of furniture polish or wax before storage. This additional layer acts as a barrier against dust and moisture, preserving the wood’s quality. For leather upholstery, use a leather conditioner to maintain its suppleness and prevent cracking.

Use high-quality packing materials.

Investing in high-quality packing materials is vital for protecting your furniture from scratches, dents and other damage during storage. Start with sturdy moving boxes in various sizes, ensuring they are clean and in good condition.

Then, wrap each piece of furniture in soft blankets, bubble wrap or furniture pads to provide cushioning and prevent scratches. Use packing tape to secure the protective materials in place, making sure they won’t shift during transportation or storage.

Lower-quality packing materials are often made with low-hold glues or thin cardboard, which can lead to broken boxes during moving or overtime. So, invest now on the higher quality materials and you’ll thank yourself later!

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Disassemble and label.

Disassembling large furniture pieces, like bed frames, tables and shelving units, can help make moving easier and faster, as well as save space in your storage unit. When you’re disassembling your furniture, ensure you keep copies or photos of assembly instructions, and keep sealed bags (like ZipLoc bags) with any screws and specific tools secured to the furniture.

As for boxes, pack them with similar items or by room, and thoroughly label each box.

Remember to mark fragile on any boxes with any fragile items, as you may remember now, but you may not remember in a few months or years time. Plus, it helps any removalists know what’s in the boxes too.

Protect and place everything with care.

When it’s time to load your furniture into the storage unit, ensure you plan the layout strategically. Place heavier items on the bottom to provide stability and stack lighter and more fragile pieces on top.

While arranging furniture and boxes in your storage unit, allow room around each item for air circulation, which will minimise the risk of mould and any damage.

Many furniture removalists with storage facilities will often have full-service options, including package, transport and unloading into a storage unit.

For example, our removalists at A Smooth Move have years of experience in packing storage units to safely store your furniture and items for years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the recommended way to store mattresses and bedding?

It is best to store mattresses and bedding in an upright position, either against a wall or standing on their side. Place them in breathable mattress covers or furniture pads to protect against dust and moisture, as this could result in mould growth. If possible, avoid folding the mattress or bedding; however if needed, be sure to fold it evenly along its creases.

How can I prevent moisture and humidity damage to my wooden furniture?

Moisture and humidity can cause wood to swell, warp or crack. To prevent this from happening, ensure your storage unit is climate-controlled and all furniture pieces are kept a safe distance away from each other. Furniture polish and waxes can also help add a protective layer to your wooden and leather furniture in long-term storage units.

Is it necessary to purchase insurance for my furniture while it’s in long-term storage?

It is recommended to purchase insurance for your furniture to protect against damage or theft. However, this may be offered by your storage facility.

Speak to your removalist and storage facility about the types of coverage and policies available, and compare different providers prior to making a decision. This will help ensure you find the best possible deal for your needs while providing peace of mind. 


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