Storing furniture can be a daunting task, especially if you’re not sure how to pack it properly. Not only do you want to make sure your furniture is protected from damage, but you also need to store it in a way that’s easy to access when you need it. Fortunately, it’s all possible with a little planning and the right approach. We spoke to our storage experts at Nesta and broke down the process into 6 very simple steps. So, roll up your sleeves, grab a roll of tape and let’s get you packing like a pro!
Step 1: Clean and disassemble
The first step in packing your furniture for storage is to clean it thoroughly. Not only will this make your furniture look better when you take it out of storage, but it will also help protect it from dirt and damage. Once your furniture has been cleaned, disassemble any pieces that can be taken apart. This is especially important for bulky pieces like bed bases, cabinets and tables too large to fit through a door. Take apart bed frames, remove the legs from tables and take down any shelves or other removable parts. Remember to clean and polish as you go!
Step 2: Wrap and pad
Once your furniture is clean and disassembled, it’s time to wrap and pad it. Use furniture pads, bubble wrap or other padding materials to protect your furniture from scratches and dings. Blankets or sheets are also great for covering pieces of furniture that are too large for ordinary packing materials. Finally, wrap everything securely and tape it to ensure nothing gets damaged in storage or transit.
Step 3: Label and organise
Labelling and organising your furniture is essential for easy access later. Use a permanent marker to label each piece of furniture, including its location and any assembly instructions. When labelling, ensure the marker doesn’t seep through and damage the item. Organise your furniture in the storage unit in a way that makes sense for your needs. For example, place items you’ll need often near the front of the unit and items you hardly use in the back.
Step 4: Leave some space
It can be tempting to fill your unit to the brim during the packing process, but resist the temptation! You must leave enough room to walk around and spot items easily. If you are packing an entire 4-bedroom home into a storage unit, it’s a good idea to draw out a detailed floor plan of where you will place everything. Consider oddly shaped furniture you cannot disassemble and how best to pack them. This will make the packing process less overwhelming and much faster while ensuring you have an aisle to move around your unit.
Step 5: Use furniture covers
Furniture covers can be a great way to protect your furniture from dust and dirt, especially if you are storing it over a long period. Nowadays, you can purchase covers for mattresses, couches and armchairs, providing added protection while your furniture is in storage. When purchasing covers, make sure that they fit your furniture snugly and put them on before placing your furniture into storage.
Step 6: Hire extra hands
Hiring a professional moving company to help you move furniture into a storage unit can save you a lot of time, effort and stress. They are experts in moving heavy and bulky items and have the equipment and experience to move furniture safely and efficiently. They will know how to disassemble and pack your furniture to ensure that it stays protected during transport and storage. Plus, they have the right tools and equipment to move furniture up and down stairs, through tight spaces and load it into the storage unit securely.
Packing your furniture for storage doesn’t have to be a difficult task. By following these steps and taking the time to properly clean, disassemble, wrap, pad, label and organise your furniture, you can ensure that it stays safe and secure.
Here’s a tip: using Nesta’s furniture storage solutions makes packing your furniture even easier! Boasting a variety of unit sizes, flexible leases and a box shop packed with moving supplies, you can move, pack and store your furniture worry-free. For more information, give us a call on 1800 77 22 33 or request a quick quote online.