When storing furniture, it is wise to choose a storage facility that offers climate control. This helps protect your belongings from excess humidity, extremes of cold or heat and pests. All of these have the potential to damage your belongings. If a climate-controlled unit is not available, you can still store your furniture safely. You just need to take some added precautions and follow routine maintenance to protect your belongings.
Check the storage unit regularly for insects and rodents. Pests are often one of the biggest nuisances in storage units. If the storage facility is made of wood, termites are already a potential issue. Regularly spray the area surrounding the location with pesticides. Check for spider webs or eggs in the corners of the unit. Clear out as needed.
Wrap mattresses, sofas and upholstered furniture with plastic. Many storage units and shipping companies sell plastic coverings specifically designed to fit snugly around furniture. These not only help to protect these pieces from dirt and excess humidity, they also serve as a first defense against insects.
Store your furniture in an interior unit facing a hallway, if possible. Interior units are less likely to experience the extreme heat or humidity of exterior units, which are subject to direct climate exposure when you go in and out of them.
Hang plastic coverings on the walls, ceiling and flooring of the unit. This is especially important if the facility is made of wood framing, as wood is more acceptable to absorbing moisture that can lead to the growth of mold. To insulate your belongings from exposure, hang sheets of plastic all around the unit before storing your things.
Visit the unit regularly to evaluate the condition of your belongings. Even with added precautions, you still run the risk of warped and damaged furniture without routine vigilance. Check for leaks, possible insect infestation or heat issues. Catching problems like these early on can help save you damage-related inconvenience down the road.