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6 Tips To Storing Your Sofa In A Self- Storage Unit

A sofa is an important furniture item that can enhance the appearance of your living room while offering much needed comfort. Most people have a favorite sofa that fits their needs perfectly and is usually an item that they have had for a long time. A sofa is not just functional as a place to sit, it can also double up as a bed where you can enjoy afternoon naps and accommodate the occasional overnight guest. When you decide to move your sofa to a self-storage unit, it is a good idea to give it the care that it deserves.

1.    Give it a good cleaning

Before transporting the sofa to the storage unit, make sure that you clean it. Grooming your sofa will help to ensure that it remains in the best condition. Remove the cushions and check all the folds and use a hand vacuum to make sure that you get to any loose dirt and crumbs that can attract bugs. Make sure that you clean the entire sofa and be especially careful to remove fur and hairs if you own pets. Polish the wooden sections and follow the manufacturer`s instructions when cleaning the sofa material.


2.    Moving the furniture

Be very careful when moving the sofa to avoid damage. Make sure that the sofa is completely dry before moving it to storage. This will help to prevent growth of mold or mildew. It is a good idea to rent a ground floor unit to store heavy furniture. This will help to make it easier to unload, store and retrieve the furniture. Consider the weight of the sofa before you decide to move it and get help where necessary. Hire a truck that is large enough and use blankets to cushion the sofa during the ride.

3.    The best environment

Make sure that the furniture is in the best possible environment for storage. Climate-controlled storage is the best way to store your sofa in its temporary home. The freshly circulated air will give the sofa much needed breathing room, ensuring that it remains in great condition. Avoid storing the sofa against a wall and do not cover it using plastic as the material can trap moisture causing mold or mildew problems. Place the furniture on wooden pallets to create a moisture barrier with the concrete flooring.

4.    Cover the furniture

Use soft cotton sheets to cover the sofa as a way to protect the fabric. This will help to ensure that you keep the couch dust free while allowing it to breathe. Make sure that you take measures to keep the space bug free. You can take several approaches, the best ones being the natural methods. Use boric acid or diatomaceous earth to dust the storage unit`s wall seams and baseboards to keep away the bugs. A natural air freshener will keep the space and in turn the sofa smelling fresh.

5.    Strategic positioning

Sometimes, you will need to store the furniture in such a manner that you will have to keep adding and removing items from the self-storage unit from time to time. If this happens to be the case, you need to arrange the sofas such that this will not be difficult for you. If you know that you will not want to move the sofa in a long time, for instance, you could opt to store it at the very back of the self-storage unit. This way, finding anything else you need from the unit will be easy, since you won’t need to move the sofas. One other advantage of doing this is that it helps reduce the risk of damage to both the furniture and the items that you are interested in moving.

6.    The issue of moisture

If you are interested in storing the sofa for a long time, it’s important to make sure that the moisture in the storage facility is conducive enough. The presence of too much moisture in the environment could lead to problems such as the wood within the furniture warping, and it could also damage the fabric that the sofa is made out of.

Some of the measures you can take to avoid this include choosing to store the sofa in a storage unit that has moisture control mechanisms. You could also buy desiccants, which are chemicals that absorb moisture from the air and in the process dry it. Both of these are measures that will result in the furniture lasting long without a degradation of their quality. This is why most people consider it to be very good value for money.

Avoid making mistakes that can ruin your sofa permanently. Placing heavy boxes on the furniture can strain the construction ruining the springs and the cushions. Make sure that the couch is resting level on the floor and remember that the weight needs to be properly distributed.

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