Traveling Overseas? 4 Tips to Help You Safely Store Your Furniture

1 April 2016
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Traveling overseas can be difficult, especially when you need a place to store the belongings you're leaving behind. Not only do you have to arrange to have it all stored, you also have to make sure it will be safe while you're gone. If you're going to be placing your furniture in long-term storage, you'll need to take some extra steps to protect your belongings. Here are three tips that will help make furniture storage safer and easier.

Make Sure the Storage Unit Is Clean

Before you begin moving your furniture into the storage unit, you need to make sure it's clean. Dirt inside the storage unit can damage your furniture. Take a few minutes to sweep the entire unit out. For maximum protection, you should place a layer of plastic sheeting on the floor of the storage unit. This will further prevent dirt from getting on your furniture and provide a moisture barrier between the concrete and your furniture.

Get It off the Floor

If your furniture will be stored in an area that experiences frequent seasonal flooding, you should consider getting some space between your belongings and the floor. Placing your furniture on pallets inside the storage unit will help prevent damage if your storage unit happens to get flooded.

Some Furniture Should Be Disassembled

You may think that keeping your furniture in one piece is the way to go. However, that's not always best. To save space and protect your furniture, you should remove pieces that can be easily removed, like the legs on your couches and tables. If you're storing a piano, the small pieces should be removed before storage.

Once you have the pieces removed, you should wrap them with plastic storage wrap and store them with the furniture they belong with. Dressers drawers should also be removed, unless you plan on using the drawers for extra storage space.

Furniture Should Be Wrapped Well

When it comes to storing furniture, dirt and dust can be extremely harmful. To protect your furniture during storage, you should make sure that it's covered properly. Each piece of furniture should have its own covering. You can use old blankets, or you can invest in furniture pads. Your storage company can help you with furniture pads if you'd prefer to not use blankets.

If you need to place your furniture in storage, you need to make sure you take some safety precautions. Look for a furniture storage facility in your area, follow these storage tips, and enjoy your travels!