How to Properly Store and Protect Wood Furniture

By Storbox Self-Storage on April 14, 2015 - Comments off

There are many reasons why you may want to store wood furniture in a storage unit. Perhaps you are moving or renovating your house and you need a place to put your large tables and chairs. Maybe you recently acquired nice furniture from a loved one who has passed and you have nowhere to put it just yet. Whatever your reasons, it is important that you store your wood furniture the proper way in order to preserve its quality and value. Wood is susceptible to scratches, warping, rotting, and cracks, so you must make every effort to protect it in storage.

How Much Space Do You Need?

First, you must find a space that can comfortably hold all your wood furniture and other belongings. You will want enough space so that you won’t have to store items on top of your wood furniture. You should also make sure that items will not touch or fall onto your wooden items. It is a good idea to stack boxes, but not on top of something that can scratch or crack.

Prepare for Storage

Before moving your wooden items into storage, clean and polish it. Use a furniture polish to make sure your wood remains moisturized. This will help prevent your furniture from drying out while in storage. If the wood does dry, it could crack and become damaged.

Consider Climate-Controlled Storage

Climate-controlled units typically have heaters, humidifiers, air conditioners, and dehumidifiers. This will allow you to control the temperature and humidity of the unit. This is important because wood expands in the heat and contracts in the cold. When a storage unit fluctuates in temperature, it can cause your wood furniture to shrink and expand resulting in deformations and cracks. This could weaken your furniture and lessen its appeal. You want a unit that will consistently stay between 55 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit. This will prevent temperature-related damages.

You should also control the humidity levels of the storage unit to prevent mold. Mildew and mold can take over your wooden furniture if there is too much humidity in your unit. This mold can then damage the other items you have in storage.

Finding the Place that’s Right for You

If you are looking to free up space in your home or to keep your furniture safe during a move, why not visit STORBOX in South Pasadena? Take a tour and ask about our climate-controlled units.

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