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Storage Tips: How to Store Furniture

Do you need to store couches, beds,  tables, dressers, desks, and other furniture pieces in self storage? Whether you’re storing furniture while moving to a new home, or just clearing clutter from your current home, consider the following storage tips from Extra Space Storage.

Things You’ll Need

  • Tools
  • Cleaning spray
  • Moving blankets, bubble wrap, or wrapping film
  • Corner protectors
  • Moving tape
Inventory List

Step 1: Make an Inventory List

Even though you’re taking precautions, there’s still a chance that something could be damaged while moving or storing your furniture. Protect your investment by creating an inventory list of all stored furniture for insurance purposes.

Your inventory list should include every item’s name, ideally along with a photo for easier identification and proof of ownership.

Take furniture Apart

Step 2: Take Large Furniture Apart

Large furniture — such as table and bed frames — can be awkward to carry and place in storage. It’s a good idea to take apart these pieces of furniture to make moving and storage easier.

Don’t forget to tape a bag with all screws, nuts, bolts, and other hardware to the furniture it goes with so you don’t lose anything.

Cleaning Furniture

Step 3: Spray All Furniture with Cleaning Spray

Furniture with dust, debris, and crumbs can attract pests while in self storage. Cut down on that risk — and prevent potential damage — by spraying furniture with cleaning sprays before storage. Just make sure your furniture fully dries before moving it into storage.

Wrapping Furniture for Storage

Step 4: Wrap All Furniture for Storage

It can be easy to ding, dent, scratch, and even break fragile pieces of furniture while moving into self storage. Cut down on damage risk by wrapping all furniture in moving blankets, bubble wrap, or wrapping film to prevent damage.

You should also use corner protectors on the edges of bed frames, tables, mirrors, and large wall decor. Also, use wrapping film or moving tape to keep dresser or cabinet doors closed during transportation.

Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Step 5: Find a Secure Storage Facility

Finding a secure storage facility should be a priority, especially if you plan to store your home’s entire contents during a move. Extra Space Storage utilizes advanced security measures to provide you with peace of mind, so be sure to find a self storage facility that offers:

  • Perimeter fencing around the property
  • Individually-alarmed storage units
  • Electronic gate access with keypad entry
  • Security access to your floor only (for multi-level facilities)
  • Video surveillance cameras throughout the property
  • Controlled-access building with indoor storage units
  • Facility manager who lives on-site
Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Step 6: Rent a Climate-Controlled Storage Unit

Furniture is often made with delicate materials like leather, wood, and fabric, all of which can get damaged by extreme heat and cold in self storage. With climate control — which maintains an environment between 55 and 80 degrees at all times — your furniture is better protected from rust, warping, fading, and other temperature-related damage.

Bed and night stand

Step 7: Carefully Store Furniture

Once you’ve found a secure self storage facility for your furniture, it’s time to move everything in with care.

Store larger furniture toward the back and side walls of your storage unit, and stand couches and mattresses on end to maximize storage space. Also, keep everything off the floor with pallets, placing heavier furniture on the bottom and lightest on the top.

Have questions? Remember that your facility manager is an excellent resource for additional tips and assistance in protecting your furniture in self storage!


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Extra Space Storage Inc., headquartered in Salt Lake City, Utah, owns and/or operates over 2,000 self-storage properties in 43 states, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico. The Company's properties comprise approximately 1,010,000 units and over 585M square feet of rentable storage space, offering customers a wide selection of affordable and conveniently located and secure storage solutions across the country, including personal storage, boat storage, RV storage and business storage. We are committed to being the most convenient, secure and professional storage solution in your neighborhood. And it is this commitment which has allowed Extra Space Storage to become the second largest storage units operator in the U.S. with over 2,000 properties across the country.



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