7 Tips to Help You Store Extra Furniture when Staging
One tenant of successful staging is that it’s best to rid your home of personal items and create as much open space as possible. Placing extra furniture in storage is a great way to free up space while you’re showing your home, but before you drive off to your local self-storage facility, you’ll want to exercise a little care first. Our guest blogger Jenn Young has provided us with seven tips to help you protect and store extra furniture so it’s ready for you when you’re ready to move into your new house.
- Cover your furniture with a drop cloth or canvas to keep dust and debris off. Bags designed especially for furniture may be available at the storage facility or from a local furniture store.
- Keep furniture off the ground using furniture blocks or wood pallets, and for cloth-covered items, make sure that no portion of the fabric touches the ground.
- Disassemble tables, chairs and beds before storing. If they cannot break apart, stack the chairs on top of tables. Keep mattresses and sofas upright or on end to save space.
- Use cardboard to protect art frames and mirrors during storage. Take special considerations for the corners, as these are easily damaged.
- When storing a dresser, stack lightweight items on top and fragile, awkward or small items inside the drawers. Use a cotton drop cloth to protect the top of the dresser if damage is a concern.
- Use a protective, storage-safe furniture spray (as directed) on all furniture before placing it in storage to protect the finish and integrity of wood or fabrics.
- Don’t seal anything inside of a plastic bag. If plastic is used, leave at least one end open for ventilation. Condensation or “sealed in” moisture may lead to mold or mildew growth.