Moving and Storing Living Room Furniture

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If you’re moving to a new home, or you’re working on updating your living room, you may need to put some pieces of furniture in storage for a few months. Your living or family room is where you spend a majority of your time, whether you’re watching TV, reading, or spending time with those you love. At EZ Storage® in Pittsburgh, we have the space to store all of your furniture, and our monthly leases make it easy to keep things protected for as long as you need. In this post, we’ll look at some tips for moving and storing your living room furniture.

Clean and Cover Each Piece

dreamstime_xxl_10919015Before you pick up the couch, coffee table, or entertainment center, take the time to clean each piece properly. Depending on what fabric your couch or loveseat is, you’ll want to find a cleaner that’s appropriate and won’t damage the furniture. It can be a good idea to find a wood polish for your end tables and coffee tables, and you’ll want to be sure to clean each piece of glass with a soft cloth and a suitable cleaner.

Once everything is clean, you’ll want to find a cover for each piece. Old blankets and sheets can make great couch and chair covers, and you’ll want to pad the corners of each table that has them. You may also need to take some furniture apart to get it out of the house and into the moving truck, and it’s important that you know exactly where you put the hardware so reassembly isn’t a chore. If you can, take the glass tabletop off and store it between two pieces of cardboard that are taped together. Also, mark it “Fragile” so you know that it needs to be handled with care.

Clear a Path

One of the most taxing parts of storing living room furniture is physically moving it out of the house, into the truck, and then into your self-storage unit. One way to make the process easier is to clear a path to the door. If you’re moving the couch first, make sure there’s nothing in the way for you to trip over or have to maneuver around just to get the couch outside. If you’re moving a bookcase, take out the shelves and turn the bookcase on its side, again making sure there’s nothing blocking your path to the moving truck.

Storing Your Furniture

dreamstime_xxl_34166740Now that you’ve cleaned, covered, and moved your furniture, you’re ready to store it. It’s a good idea to map out where you’ll place things in your storage unit, and depending on the size you rented, you may have to be inventive with how things are stored. If the bookcase is sturdy enough, consider storing small boxes on the shelves. For couches and chairs, make sure they’re not pushed completely against the wall so that the fabric under the cover is able to breathe. You also want to make sure nothing is stored on the cushions, as this can change their shape and impact the furniture’s comfortability.

If you’re getting ready to move, or you have plans to renovate your living room, bring your furniture to EZ Storage® and we’ll help you find the perfect spot for it. You can rent a unit for a few months, and you’ll have the peace of mind that your belongings are safe and sound.

We have three locations in the Pittsburgh metro area, and the staff at each one is more than happy to help you choose the right storage space for your needs.

Call or stop by today to learn more!