How to Store Furniture

Moving furniture into storage can seem stressful. Once the furniture is out of sight, who knows if it’s maintaining its original condition in storage? In reality, preparing furniture and other items for storage isn’t as hard as it might seem, if you know what you’re doing. Enter Oz Moving & Storage, and as the name would imply, we are wizards of both moving AND storage. Our packing experts have provided tips for preparing furniture for storage to make sure everyone knows just how they need to pack their items for the long stay in a storage facility.



Furniture is often made up of parts combined into a final form. Before moving the furniture into storage, the parts should be stripped down. This includes shelves, lights/bulbs, and potentially drawers. Pins that hold shelves should be removed as well. Discretion can often be used to figure out what needs to be disassembled and what can be transported as is, but it is generally good practice to disassemble shelves, bulbs and other similar items, as they could shift en transit to storage and become damaged.





Items going to storage should have protection on their outer layers. For most normal items, wrapping with blankets should provide enough protection. Antiques and other items that could be considered especially fragile should be stored in a handmade crate; those items that are both fragile and valuable might require a wooden crate. For furniture with fabric, especially couches, be careful with tape stretched over that fabric. Tape can leave marks on the fabric of this furniture. Leather is particularly vulnerable to these marks from tape. Items should be marked “fragile” on any containers if they require extra care; these items could be handled by various storage personnel in full-service storage facilities, and it’s not likely everyone will be able to discern which items are fragile.


Furniture items in storage should be stored on their feet. These feet are designed to withstand the weight of the item, while other parts may not.





Storing patio furniture is easy; usually, it can be stored as is inside of a storage unit. Patio furniture is prepared for outdoor conditions, and storage conditions are likely even easier on them.



Storing couches requires a bit more care. In the transportation process, make sure not to stretch any tape over their fabrics. The tape may leave a mark on the surface.


Wrap leather with shrink wrap to protect it during the moving process. The same tips that apply to fabric on couches applies to leather as well - stretched tape can leave a mark on the furniture, and direct contact on the leather with this tape should be avoided.


Antique items require special care every step of the way, from packing to moving to storage. Start with a custom/handmade crate, a box which covers the entirety of the antique item’s surface area. Really valuable items may require a wooden crate.

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