Because of its bulk, furniture is often the first in the large item category to require additional storage away from the home Furniture in a storage can be quite involved, requiring the storage climate to be within favorable tolerances for the cloth, wood, finish and metal that comprise the makeup of most furnitureBecause of its bulk, furniture is often the first in the large item category to require additional storage away from the home. Furniture in a storage can be quite involved, requiring the storage climate to be within favorable tolerances for the cloth, wood, finish and metal that comprise the makeup of most furniture.
Before considering a furniture storage option for your furniture, ask yourself a few questions. The following are meant to be guidelines for safe storage of furniture:
Most UK storage centers do not offer climate controlled rooms ? we do not have the US extremes of temperature. Therefore these bullets are not appropriate. We do have a local museum storing some of their exhibits with us and they monitored humidity and temperature levels for 2 months before moving in. They reported stable conditions ideally suited to storing their artifacts.
? Will you need the room where your furniture is stored to be kept at a certain temperature and away from moisture? If the answer is yes, you will need to search for storage facilities that offer climate controlled units to ensure consistent temperature and humidity levels.
? Excessive moisture can lead having issues with mold and mildew in fabrics. However, wood generally needs to be a bit more breathable in terms of moisture, especially in hot conditions. In any event, try not to store unfinished wood for long periods of time. It is best to cover all exposed wooden surfaces with the appropriate oil, varnish, wax or other sealing agent.
? If you need secure, safe furniture storage but are unconcerned about special climate controls, a suitable storage unit of sufficient capacity is all you need to consider.
Determine how much storage space will need to store your furniture. A small amount of measurement and rough sketch is all you need to ascertain the amount of furniture storage area you need. The sketch will help you stack and organize your space to fit the most furniture into the available area. You will save money in the end by not overestimating and renting a larger unit than necessary and wasting money.
Should you choose (not ? remove) to rent a unit (with a controlled environment ? remove), consider the following suggestions for safe furniture storage:
? Place a pallet or plastic sheet or some other suitable covering on the floor to raise your furniture away from potentially damp areas.
? Disassemble beds, tables and whatever else you can to save space and to make your furniture storage area more space efficient. Be certain to retain all nuts, bolts, screws and other hardware; a good option is to store them in plastic bags and tape them directly to the appropriate pieces. This makes reassembly easy and keeps the bits out of harms way.
? To protect the finish, wrap all areas that are exposed surfaces when assembled. This includes table tops and legs, decorative cabinet surfaces, glass areas and so on. Heavy paper or sturdy cloth works well for most things; glass is best protected with packaging materials or blankets.
?Upholstered items should be kept off the floor.
? Be certain to add extra padding (bits of cloth, old linens or pieces of carpet work well) between pieces as needed to eliminate possible jostling and subsequent scratches or breakage.
? Finally, cover everything with a dust cover or old bed sheets.
Use large armories and cupboards as convenient extra storage for smaller items. They are also excellent for storing old linens, clothes and fabrics. Because of their size and shape, they also make ideal platforms to stack smaller boxes on. For more information visit http://www.kangarooselfstorage.co.uk.
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