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How to Store Antique Furniture

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Antique furniture can make an incredible statement. It has history, style, and a certain charm you often can't find in brand-new items--which means you likely want to protect it. Here's how self storage can help you preserve a little piece of the past by taking care of antique furniture.

Why Store Antique Furniture in Self Storage?

Many people think of self storage units as a little bit of extra space--and they certainly are. However, they can be so much more, especially when it comes to something like antique furniture.

Here are a few times you might turn to self storage for your vintage pieces:

You're moving.

Moving is a great time for self storage, no matter what kind of furniture you're dealing with. However, when it comes to antiques, self storage is even better--simply because it gives you the breathing room you need to transport the items safely. You can focus on moving essentials first, then come back for your furniture when there's no chance of it being scraped or scuffed by cardboard boxes.

You're preparing to sell your items.

Depending on the age, style, and type of piece you own, you might be able to sell it for an impressive price. Self storage allows you to restore or clean the item and show it to potential buyers--all outside of your home.

You want to keep things safe and sound.

Maybe you want to keep your antique furniture, but you just got a new puppy who's fond of chewing chair legs--or maybe you're having work done on your home and don't want sawdust on those antique cushions. That's what self storage is for! A self storage unit can help protect your vintage pieces until you're ready to bring them back to your house.

How to Use Self Storage for Antique Furniture

Now that you know the why, it's time to think about the how. Let's take a look at the process for using self storage when it comes to antique furniture:

#1: Choose the right unit.

Your first task is choosing a self storage unit that fits your unique needs. It's important to choose a size that will comfortably fit your furniture so there's no need to shove or cram. However, there are plenty of other things to think about. For example, some furniture--including wooden or cushioned pieces--can benefit from a climate-controlled unit to help prevent mold and other damage. Not using climate control can damage your furniture if the weather becomes extreme, so use caution if you don't go that route. 

#2: Prepare your furniture.

Next, it's time to prepare your antiques for storage. Start by cleaning the furniture to get rid of any dust or dampness that could cause issues later. Wooden furniture can also be polished for a little extra care.

When the cleaning is done, make sure the piece is ready to be moved. That means checking to make sure those drawers are empty or that the couch doesn't have a dog toy trapped between the cushions.

Finally, remove glass elements, drawers, and cushions. These can all be wrapped and transported separately, which makes it easier to store and protect the furniture.

#3: Transport carefully.

Whether you're hiring a moving company or calling in favors from friends, make sure you plan ahead and take extra precautions when maneuvering your antique furniture. It's best to have bubble wrap, fabric, and other padding prepared ahead of time. Also think about other parts of your home--like door frames and wood floors--so you don't damage anything on the way out.

#4: Store with the future in mind.

When you finally make it to your self storage unit, your final task is to think about how best to place your furniture. If other items will be stored in the same unit, make sure your vintage piece is protected from bumps and scuffs; you might also want to put it on a wooden pallet for extra protection from spills, dirt, and water damage. If you plan to return for your furniture soon, remember to place it close to the front of the unit for easy access.


Antique furniture has seen a lot; it deserves a little extra care--and self storage is just the way to do it. As long as you choose the right unit, prepare your furniture appropriately, and transport and store with care, your furniture will be safe and sound.

Do you have vintage furniture or other items hanging around your house? Contact us today to find the self storage unit that's right for you!