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Tips for storing wooden furniture

There comes a time in everybody’s life when there is just not enough space in the house. A time when you need to find out what to do with all those extra items. Usually, the items that take up most space are the hardest to handle. Furniture is a great example of that. But how does one store wooden furniture without the fear of it decaying? If you seek the answer to this question, you have come to the right place. In this article, we will talk about storing wooden furniture without any risk of your beloved belongings being damaged. So, without any further ado, let’s get into it.

storing wooden furniture can pose problems
Storing wooden furniture can be difficult.

Storing wooden furniture

If you have decided to rent a storage unit, it will not come out cheap. One option is to get affordable movers Los Angeles. The time you want your furniture to be in the storage unit is also a big factor. Whether you want to keep it there for a short time, for example, during your move, or for a longer period, the price will not be low. This is why you need to prepare your budget for this. Preparing for your move and storing requires organization as it is with everything in life. In order to do something correctly, you need to be properly organized. Only after that, you may start thinking about renting a storage unit.

wooden furniture in a room
Your wooden furniture is sensitive to extreme elements

When storing wooden furniture, you will need to protect it from the elements. Wood does not respond well to extreme temperatures, be it hot or cold. The wood will bend, crack, or break. One of the ways you can secure your wooden furniture from the elements is getting a climate controlled storage unit. This is good when you want to store your items long term during a long distance move, for example.

Types of storage units

There are several types of storage units and we will go through them now. We have already mentioned climate controlled storage units. They are great for storing wooden furniture because they have temperature and humidity control. There are also storage units with just one of these features, humidity controlled or temperature controlled. These can also be used for wooden furniture. However, all of these types of storage units are expensive, ranked from the top down. You can find the best storage units online or just contact your moving company.

a row of storage units
There are several types of storage units

The cheapest form of storage units is a regular storage unit. It has neither temperature control nor humidity control. This is good only for items that are not prone to get damaged due to extreme elements. And wood is not one of those materials. While moving, you can ask if your moving services Los Angeles also offer storage units. This is a good and time efficient way to find a reliable storage unit. In addition, you should look for a climate controlled storage unit because they are best for storing wooden furniture.

Clean everything thoroughly

Cleaning your items can go a long way of sustaining them. Unpleasant odors can make everything you put in storage to adopt that foul smell. The odor may even travel to other storage units making it a burden to other people as well. Cleaning your wooden furniture can also prevent the creation of mold and the amounts of dust in your storage unit.

Tips for cleaning

When you want to clean your wooden furniture, a good idea is to use soap and water. Make sure that the water is mild, and not too hot or too cold. If you have purchased antique furniture, but want to put it in storage, using cleaning oils is a better way to do it. You also need to make sure that all the fabrics are clean as well. You should use a fabric or upholstery cleaner for this. Also, make sure that everything is dry before wrapping it up and storing it.

If your furniture has some metal parts, they should be cleaned as well. Clean the metal sections with a cloth and a metal cleaner. This will prevent the formation of rust and tarnish on the metal parts of your furniture.

Polish your wooden items

This is an important aspect of storage. Even if polishing everything does not seem as important, it actually is. By polishing your furniture, extreme elements will not be as effective in damaging your furniture like they would if your items were not polished. The polish will make the wood more resistant and less prone to cracking and bending. Consider this when storing wooden furniture.

Disassembling your wooden furniture

Moving bulky wooden furniture can be a tough endeavor, even to your movers who are well prepared for heavy lifting. But why would you not take some extra steps in order to make the job easier? One of these extra steps is disassembling the furniture. This will make transporting your items, and also storing them easier. Storage units are known for lacking space, so you need to be as space efficient as possible.

Wrap your furniture carefully

After disassembling, you should carefully pack each item. Use cheap packing material, and use lots of it. Things like packing paper, and plastic wrap, and even old sheets can go a long way in protecting your stuff. Also, take all the bolts and screws and put them in a plastic bag and place them near the corresponding item. This is when, again, the organization comes in handy. In the case of not renting a climate controlled storage unit, there are some extra steps you need to take care of. One of these steps is to put thick plastic sheeting on the floor. Another good idea is to even lift the furniture pieces from the floor by using wooden pallets or shelves. By doing this you will prevent the moisture and heat from the floor from seeping into your wooden furniture.

To sum everything up, you should make sure to get a climate controlled unit, clean, polish and wrap everything carefully and disassemble the furniture in order to be more space efficient. With all that said, good luck with storing your wooden furniture!