Why do you need to put your couch in storage?
You may be downsizing a home or going away for a while and need a place to put it for the move. Often times, people don’t realize that the furniture in their home is taking up a lot of room- storing some of your furniture is an easy way to create more space for yourself. There is always the event that there is a certain couch (family heirloom perhaps) that you just can’t seem to part with and you need a place to put it. Either way, if you are keeping this piece of furniture for a reason, then it must have value to you and your intention is to keep it in the best condition possible. Therefore, the way in which you store your couch can help preserve it for years to come and truly expand its lifespan.
How to Store your Couch
- Always clean your couch before storing it. Because the couch tends to be the most commonly used piece of furniture in a home, odds are you have acquired pet hair, dust, crumbs, and other small things on it, even if you can’t see them. Couches come in all different types of materials that can be tough to clean. Always check to be sure that the household cleaners you use can used on the couch material (try the fabric tag). Use a bristle brush or hand vacuum to clear off the unwanted small dust particles. Take off the seat cushions and be sure to get the hard to reach spots. If you have a steamer, that often helps clean the fabric as well or use a cleaning cloth with water or safe cleaning solution. Important, before storing be sure to use a fan to dry the couch overnight- double check that it is not even remotely damp. Storing a couch with moisture will ruin the fabric.
- Disassembly and protection. If it’s possible, disassemble the legs and removable parts of the couch so that they don’t wear over time. If possible, remove the cushions and place them in separate packaging as well. Keep all screws and pieces in a bag attached to the furniture so that it doesn’t get lost in the move. After this process, use a cloth couch cover (can be found for $20-$30), a fitted sheet, or paper wrap to protect the fabric from any bugs, moisture, or dust. Side note: plastic furniture covers tend to trap in moisture and place the furniture at a higher risk of mold.
- Finding the best size unit. If you desire to keep your furniture in the best shape, avoid placing it in your unit on its side so that it gets damaged or misshapen over time. Depending on the size of your couch, a 5×5 unit may be too small to fully store, but a 5×10 unit is usually a safe size with some wiggle room to place a few more items. When storing, also avoid placing anything very heavy on top of the couch so that it doesn’t indent over time. If it is a particularly fragile piece of furniture, the climate-controlled storage option is always best. This helps protect the wood and fabric from extreme temperature changes at a bit higher cost.
Some extra pointers: If you are storing your couch in a location that gets a lot of rainfall, dust storms, or flooding, be sure to place the couch above ground on wooden planks or concrete bricks so that it is fully protected. Weather is sometimes inevitable and can even penetrate through storage doors, so it’s always best to be cautious.
Written By: Lauren Gronna, Advertising Coordinator