How to store furniture

If you need to store furniture for any length of time, there are a few steps you need to take to ensure that your furniture remains in good condition.  

In Summary
1. Decide where to store your furniture
2. Search for “Furniture storage near me"
3. Decide how much space you’ll need
4. Arrange transport for your furniture
5. Clean your furniture
6. Make your furniture easier to handle and store
7. Keep your furniture off the ground
8. Wrap your furniture
9. Aim for efficient furniture storage


1. Decide where to store your furniture

Keeping your spare furniture in your garage, loft, basement or spare room may work for short periods of time if you have the space.  But for long term storage, or if you have a lot of furniture to store, you may need to look at other storage options.

Storing furniture in a self storage unit can be ideal if you’re renovating a property, moving house or downsizing and need storage facilities for the medium- to long-term. They’re secure, clean and accessible during store opening hours, and indoor self storage units are ideal for furniture storage.

2. Search for “Furniture storage near me”

Ideally, you’ll need to find a self storage store that’s easy to reach and where you’ll be the only person who can access your individual unit.

To find furniture storage facilities near you, you can use our store finder by entering your postcode or nearest town. If you think you’ll need help with unloading large items into your unit, check whether your chosen self storage store has features such as drive-up room access, units with double door entry, wide aisles and lifts, or ground floor units with loading bays.

3. Decide how much space you’ll need

Choose the size of your unit carefully so that you don’t damage your furniture by cramming too much into the space.  We have a size calculator that you could use to work out how much square footage you’d need, or we have experienced staff online and on the phone who can offer advice on the ideal size of unit for you, based on how much you need to store. 

4. Arrange transport for your furniture

If you’ve decided to store your furniture in a storage unit, you’ll need to arrange transport.  Can you fit everything into your car, or will you need to hire a van?  Can you lift your items easily, or are there heavier items that you’ll need help with?  Hiring a van (with or without someone to load and drive it) may be far easier and less time-consuming than making multiple trips by car.  If you decide to choose Safestore for your furniture storage, we have arrangements with Europcar for our customers.  

5. Clean your furniture

This is not only to make your life easier when it’s time to unload your unit!  Thoroughly cleaning your furniture before placing it into storage is vital if you want it to remain in good condition.  

Any source of damp or mould will only get worse over time, so ensure that your furniture is completely free of mud, and totally dry.  Also make sure that any food crumbs or other debris are removed - if you’re planning to store a sofa, for example, make sure you take the seats off and vacuum every crevice.  If you suspect that any of your wooden furniture has woodworm or other infestations, get it treated before you store it, or those pests will infest your other belongings too.

Use warm, soapy water to clean wooden furniture and (when dry) use furniture wax to keep it moisturised and in good condition; give your fabrics a good clean with upholstery cleaner (make sure it’s completely dry before storing) and polish silver or metal objects to reduce tarnish through oxidation later. 

6. Make your furniture easier to handle and store

If any of your furniture, such as bookcases, wardrobes, desks and chairs, can be taken apart then do so before you store it.  This will make it much easier to transport, and you’ll find that you can use the space inside your storage unit far more effectively.  

You’ll thank yourself later if you store any screws in a plastic bag and tape it firmly to the relevant part of the furniture; also draw arrows or little notes in pencil on the furniture or on a piece of paper to remind yourself later of how to reassemble it.

You could economise on space by storing smaller items inside desk drawers, which will provide those smaller items with extra protection - though it’s best to do this once you’re inside your storage unit to make larger items easier and lighter to transport.

7. Keep your furniture off the ground

Once you’re ready to move into your storage unit, lay a protective layer on the ground to raise your furniture off ground level to protect it.  You could lay a tarp or cardboard on the floor, or use pallets if you have them.

8. Wrap your furniture

Use bubble wrap to protect delicate items such as glass table tops or mirrors.  Invest in some dust sheets (such as those you’d use in decorating) to cover larger items to prevent dust settling on them, or use old bedsheets and duvet covers.  Avoid using plastic coverings as these can trap any lingering moisture.

9. Aim for efficient furniture storage

Large items such as mattresses and sofas should be stored vertically and kept around the edge of your storage room to make space for broader or heavier items.  Similarly, store paintings and mirrors vertically to prevent them from being damaged over time. If possible, try to anticipate whether you’ll need to remove some items before others, and place those items closer to the door for easier access.

Why people store furniture

  • During a house move, if there is a gap between selling and moving into your new home
  • To store excess furniture after downsizing until you decide what to do with it in the longer term
  • To keep furniture safe and out of the way whilst decorating, deep-cleaning carpets or renovating your home
  • To minimise clutter and make your house appear more spacious whilst trying to sell your home.
  • To store items of furniture that do not fit into your current home but that you want to keep because they have sentimental or monetary value. (Our insurance will only cover the replacement value new for old for items but nothing for items which are irreplaceable or of personal sentimental value).
  • If your house needs to be rented out (if you need to work abroad, for example) – you may wish to keep your furniture in storage to keep it clean and safe for when you return.

What size storage unit will I need to store my furniture?

At Safestore, we have over 40 different room sizes across our storage facilities. The size that you will need will be dependent on what you’re hoping to store. But typically the size of unit needed to store furniture will start from a 35 sq. ft., which is ideal for storing the contents of a one bedroom flat and work up to a 250 sq. ft. unit which will usually hold the contents of a 4-5 bedroom house, garage and shed.

How much does it cost to put your furniture in storage?

The price of a self-storage unit for your furniture is dependent on the location of the store, the size of the unit, the length of stay and the amount of insurance you’ll require. Similar to real-estate the closer you get to major cities the higher the running costs which will be reflected in the price.

The best way to get the most up to date and accurate price for furniture storage is to complete a quick quote above, call our Customer Service team or reach out to us via Live Chat. At Safestore we have an introductory offer for new customers of 50% off for your first 8 weeks *Terms apply.

If you’re planning on staying with us for more than a year we also offer a long term discount (please ask at your local store for details). And if you work within any of the following areas you may also be entitled to our Military, NHS and Emergency Service Discounts.

Where can I find furniture storage near me?

At Safestore, we have over 120+ self storage facilities nationwide, 47 of which are in London, so there is bound to be one near you.  We also have multiple stores in most of the major cities in the UK. 

Use our Find a Store tool and find a store close to your home, business or anywhere else that is convenient for you. You can search by postcode, city or a map of your area. Many of our stores are in major cities and all are easy to find and reach. If you need assistance in transporting your furniture to your local Safestore unit, we can provide you with the contact details of locally-recommended, reliable removal companies that will be able to help.

Call to speak to one of our friendly team members, use our online contact form below or find a store and get a quote using the search box.

Benefits of using Safestore

As well as offering all types of storage for furniture, we are...

1) Flexible:

Our storage units are all available to rent for any length of time, for as little or as long as you may need and can be made available at very short notice if you need storage in a hurry.

2) Convenient:

We have 120 stores nationwide, meaning that you will be able to find a local Safestore unit for your storage need – our handy Find a Store function will help you to locate your most convenient unit.

3) Range of rooms:

All of our self storage centres have 24 hour recorded CCTV and intruder alarms. At each site, you'll find rooms of various sizes to suit your needs. You can move your belongings into a clean, dry room and purchase packaging/protectors to help protect your things.

4) Insured:

Bespoke storage insurance is available.  Personal and business customers can choose whether to purchase our insurance or arrange their own if needed.

5) Accessible:

As a Safestore customer, you will be the only keyholder for your unit and you will have unlimited access to your storage unit during opening hours.

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