Storing Your Upholstered Furniture
By : Luke Fletcher -
Fabric will hold up pretty well in the home, but it is still susceptible to damage when placed in storage—especially if that storage is long-term. All furniture materials necessitate a type of storage prep, and following these simple tips will help preserve even your most delicate cloth furniture.
- Pack carefully. Though long-term storage can pose a damage, but moving large items provides its own set of dangers. Be sure to pack fabric furniture in blankets and protective covering prior to moving. This will protect items against contact with other boxes and furnishings during the move. Don’t risk moving everything to a storage facility only to find a tear in your fabric sofa.
- Keep furniture away from sunlight. Direct sunlight is upholstered furniture’s enemy. The ultraviolet rays cause extreme fading. Though this may not be a problem if you choose to store upholstery in a unit, basements and garages might have windows through which sunlight can shine. If storing at home, be sure to keep couches and chairs away from direct sunlight. Stain protection can also help prevent the effects of ultraviolet rays.
- Use plastic insulation. If storing upholstered furniture in a unit, line the floor and walls with thick plastic sheets. This prevents moisture penetration from all sides, which can severely damage cloth and fabric. However, you should never cover upholstered furniture with plastic sheets. This can trap humidity and moisture, causing the development of mold and mildew. A moldy couch can ruin everything you have stored within a unit.
- Keep your items off the floor. As mentioned, moisture can penetrate the walls and floor of a storage unit. In addition to lining your space with plastic, raising furniture off the ground will prevent water damage. Consider purchasing a pallet or a couple of blocks, and make sure your furniture is carefully positioned so that it does not fall over.
If your upholstered furniture is kept away from light and moisture, it should emerge from its time in storage in near-perfect condition.