The Do’s and Dont’s of Storing Furniture 

December 20, 2023

Storing furniture may seem like a simple task, but there’s an art to it that goes beyond just finding an empty spot. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the do’s and don’ts of storing furniture, ensuring your cherished pieces stay in top condition. 

The Do’s of Storing Furniture 

1. Disassembly and Labeling 

First things first, before you start cramming your furniture into your storage unit like a game of real-life Tetris, take a deep breath. Disassembly is your best friend. Break down larger pieces into manageable parts. Trust us; your back will thank you later. 

But here’s the crucial part – label everything! Tiny stickers, colored tape, or even a good old marker will do the trick. This simple step makes the reassembly process a breeze, sparing you from the frustration of trying to decipher a furniture puzzle without a guide. 

2. Cleaning and Preparation 

Would you like to return to your furniture after a storage hiatus only to find it covered in a layer of dust and mystery stains? We didn’t think so. Before bidding adieu to your beloved pieces, give them a good cleaning. 

Dust and dirt, if left unchecked, can become the villains of your furniture storage saga. Wipe down surfaces with appropriate cleaning agents based on the material. A little cleaning now can save you from a major cleaning crisis later. 

3. Wrap and Protect 

The last thing we want to have happen is your furniture getting ruined while in storage. To keep it safe and sound, wrap it up. Blankets, bubble wrap, or furniture covers – choose your weapon wisely. Wrap fragile items like glass tabletops or delicate wood finishes with extra care. This added protective layer not only shields your furniture from scratches but also guards against the unexpected bumps and nudges during storage. 

4. Elevate and Ventilation 

Furniture, meet the ground. Ground, meet furniture. Now, let’s keep you two apart. Elevating your furniture off the ground may sound like giving it the royal treatment, but it’s a game-changer. Use pallets or boards to lift items off the floor, protecting them from potential dampness. 

Ventilation is the unsung hero of furniture storage. Ensure that air can circulate freely around your items to prevent that dreaded musty smell. You don’t want your furniture coming out of storage smelling like your grandma’s attic, do you? 

A living room being packed up for a move.

The Don’ts of Storing Furniture 

1. Using Improper Packing Materials 

Your furniture deserves the VIP treatment, and that starts with proper packing materials. Using inadequate or harmful materials is a recipe for disaster. Say no to plastic covers that trap moisture, newspaper that leaves ink stains, or duct tape that leaves behind sticky residue. 

Opt for furniture-friendly materials like moving blankets, bubble wrap, and specially designed furniture covers. These materials provide a protective shield without causing any harm to your beloved pieces. 

2. Neglecting Security Measures 

Security might not be the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about furniture storage, but neglecting it can have dire consequences. Storage units are like treasure chests, and your furniture is the precious loot inside. Choosing a storage facility without proper security measures is like leaving the treasure chest wide open for potential pirates. 

Ensure the facility has surveillance cameras, secure access controls, and, ideally, on-site staff. A secure environment not only protects your furniture from theft but also gives you peace of mind during its storage tenure. 


Storing furniture isn’t just about finding an empty space; it’s about creating a space where you can keep your belongings safe and give you peace of mind.  

If you have any questions or need additional tips, don’t hesitate to reach out. Our friendly team at Storage Locker is here to help with all of your storage needs. Happy Storing! 



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