How to Wrap Furniture for Long-Term Storage

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You don't have space for your old furniture, but you don't necessarily want to get rid of it either. Everybody knows that non-used furniture can come in handy, when, for example, your child goes to college, or when you move to a new, bigger house, with more room to furnish. Long-term storage can be tricky, as the well-being of your furniture is based on many factors, the most important of which is the proper wrap.

  • Clean the furniture before wrapping. This will prevent mold and mildew from growing during storage. Wipe the surface gently using antibacterial cleanser and let it dry. Follow this procedure with every piece of furniture, especially for fabric surfaces. Leather furniture should be taken for professional cleaning before wrapping.

  • Polish metal parts of your furniture and apply a light coat of lacquer, especially on silver and copper surfaces, in order to protect them from rust.

  • Disassemble the furniture, especially beds and tables, before wrapping. If tables cannot be divided, the rule of thumb is to store them with the legs up.

  • Choose the correct wrapping material. There is a variety on the market, but each has a distinct use. For long-term storage, use fabric pads. Stretch wrap will trap moisture coming from furniture wood, while bubble pack -- the most common choice for many -- eventually goes flat after about nine to 10 months. On the other hand, paper is a cost-lowering option, but it can be easily worn out.

  • Secure drawers or doors of furniture beforehand. Don't let parts of furniture remain loose, as during storage even tiny movements can affect your wrap.

  • Wrap the furniture firmly, making sure there is no empty space left inside the wrappings. It will prevent dust from settling on your furniture.

  • Be particularly careful about corners and edges of the furniture, as they are the least protected spot of your furniture. Make sure you cover them as well and -- above all -- avoid contact between furniture.

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