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A Step-By-Step Guide for Upholstered Furniture Storage

Fabric is one of the least temperamental furniture materials, but upholstered furniture is still susceptible to damage when placed in storage. Following these simple tips for upholstered furniture storage is going to preserve even the most delicate cloth furniture during its time in storage.

1. Pack carefully. Long-term storage presents its own danger, but moving large items can create its own trouble. Be sure to pack fabric furniture in blankets and protective covering prior to moving. This will protect items against contact with other boxes and furnishings during the move. Don’t risk moving everything to a storage facility only to find a tear in your fabric sofa.

2. Keep furniture away from sunlight. Direct sunlight is cloth furniture’s enemy. The UV rays can cause extreme fading. Though this may not be a problem if you choose to store upholstery in a unit, basements and garages might have windows through which sunlight can shine. If storing at home, be sure to keep couches and chairs away from direct sunlight. Additionally, stain protection will help prevent the effects of UV rays.

3. Opt for plastic insulation. For upholstered furniture storage in a typical self-storage unit, line the floor and walls with thick plastic sheets. This prevents moisture penetration, which can severely damage cloth and fabric. At the same time, never cover upholstered furniture with plastic sheets. This can trap humidity and moisture, causing mold and mildew buildup.

4. Keep your items off the floor. In addition to lining a unit with plastic, raising furniture off the ground will prevent water damage. Consider purchasing a pallet or a couple of blocks for extra protection.

Upholstered Furniture Storage Resources and Products

Nearly every type of furniture requires some type of protective product. Below are a few suggestions and resources for blankets, protective coverings, furniture polish, and humidity controllers.