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How to Store Antique Furniture

admin | Oct 24, 2019

Your grandmother’s armoire. The formica table that your mother did her homework on as a child. Your dad’s handmade oak desk. The fainting couch your great, great grandmother used to read books on. Furniture can be more than just home ornamentation. It can be special, important, and worth preserving. Antique furniture especially so. 

If you’re interested in making sure your important antique furniture stays unharmed while in storage, you’re in the right place. We’ve put together our best tips for storing these precious items safely and securely below. That way you can make sure they stay pristine for years to come. 

Focus on climate control.

Old furniture is usually highly susceptible to warping or other storage damage, especially if it’s wooden. To make matters worse, your antique furniture is probably quite difficult to repair and nearly impossible to replace. To keep your antique furniture from warping, you’ll have to control the environment where you store it carefully. 

To do that, you’ll have to keep it in a climate controlled storage space. You can set up your climate-controlled storage spaces to match the ideal environmental conditions for storing your furniture. In most cases, you’ll want to keep furniture in dark, dry rooms at temperatures between 50 and 70?.

Clean everything before you put it away.

If you don’t clean up furniture before you put it away, dust and other grime will continue to build up over it while it’s in storage. Over time, that dust and grime will decay or damage the furniture, even though it’s just sitting there.

You can avoid this kind of “dirt damage” pretty simply by cleaning your furniture before you put it away. Here’s how to care for most common types of furniture:

  • For wood, use mild soap and water, following it up with a wood cleaner like Murphy Oil Soap that will protect the finish. 
  • Fabric items should be addressed using upholstery cleaner. 
  • Microfiber polishing cloths can go a long way toward cleaning up especially delicate objects without harming them. 

Make sure you dry off your furniture very thoroughly before you put it away to avoid mold growth.

Disassemble anything you can. 

Disassembling furniture makes it easier to store safely and compactly. Try disassembling desks, bookshelves, tables, chairs, credenzas, and anything else you can take apart without damaging. The smaller the pieces of furniture, the easier they are to wrap and protect individually. 

Wrapping up pieces of furniture keeps them preserved much more effectively than leaving them exposed. Just make sure you properly label all the pieces so you can put the furniture back together again when you want it! 

Wrap everything. 

You need to cover everything in your storage unit - even the floor. You can use old sheets, drop cloths, wrapping plastic, or blankets. Wrapping helps protect furniture from dust build-up or moisture development 

Wrap things loosely enough so they can breathe but thoroughly enough to prevent dust. Remember: you want to protect, not entomb.

These tips will allow you to protect your antique furniture when you put it into storage. For additional safety and security, consider placing your beloved antiques in a self-storage unit like the ones you can find with Storage Direct. We offer the safety, security, and climate control you need to protect your most precious things for years to come.

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