Sometimes when you’re moving, it might be necessary to keep at least some of your furniture in storage for a while. This may be because you simply have so much to pack that you have to start early, or due to a delay in your moving process. Perhaps you’re actually moving to a smaller property temporarily, so you’ll need to keep some of your items in long term storage.

Of course, regardless of how long you’re planning to pack away your furniture, you’ll want to keep it in the best possible condition and prevent any damage. Here are some general tips, as well as some specific things you can do to protect particular types of items.

1) Check your furniture for existing damage. It’s good to be aware of any scratches or marks before you put the item in storage, and you might even want to take photos so you have a record. Ensure there are no mould problems or other corrosion which could get worse in storage.

2) Disassemble where possible. If you can remove legs or other small parts that stick out, you’ll find it easier to move your furniture and keep it safe from damage. Better yet, if you can completely dismantle items and pack them flat, they’ll take up less space in your storage area and be easier to move.

3) Pack and wrap items carefully. Of course, particularly fragile items like antique furniture should be very carefully padded and wrapped up before going into long term storage. Protruding corners and edges may need to be wrapped in bubble wrap or similar materials.

4) Prepare your storage area. You can provide additional protection for furniture and other items by lining the floor of your storage unit or room with plastic sheeting. This minimises the risk of scratching or otherwise damaging heavy items when you move them.

5) Consider climate control. Not all storage units or areas will be appropriate for storing delicate furnishings without some kind of insulation and/or temperature control system. Leather, wood and fabric can either dry out or become damp depending on the temperature and humidity they are exposed to, so it’s better to plan for this and take preventative measures.

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