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How to Move and Store a Couch in a Storage Unit

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January 27, 2015


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How To Move Couch
Moving and storing furniture can be a daunting task. These are usually the largest items that you have to move and perhaps the most expensive. It is important to protect your investment in your furniture by properly moving and storing them. Each type of furniture requires different preparation for moving and storing, so check the manufacturer’s instructions before cleaning, moving and placing in storage.  For example, if you are moving or storing a mattress, it is recommended to move the mattress vertically, but storing it horizontally in order to protect the inner springs. Knowing the specifics about moving a couch or even storing leather furniture is important in order to keep the furniture in good use for years to come.

Looking for some quick couch storage tips? Watch this video!

  1. Clean the couch before storage: Clean the couch before moving using an antimicrobial cleaner on the fabric. Allow to dry completely. Clean wood furniture with furniture polish. Pre-treat leather couches with the appropriate leather treatment.
  2. Remove the couch legs: If you need to remove wooden or metal legs for transport, make sure that you do this carefully and place the legs and any hardware in a bag attached to the couch.
  3. Cover the couch during transportation: Use old sheets and blankets to cover and protect the couch when you are moving it. This will help protect the furniture from dirt, scratches and other dings when it is being moved.
  4. Do not move a couch on your own: Make sure that there are at least two people moving the couch. Clear the pathway for your moving route so you will not run into any possible problems.

How to Wrap Furniture for Storage

  1. Avoid using a plastic cover: Do not use plastic to cover couches either during moving or in storage. Plastic does not allow the furniture to “breathe” and it can result in damage during long periods of storage.
  2. Keep the couch covered in storage: Use old sheets or blankets to cover the couch during transit and while in storage. The covering will help protect the couch from dirt, scratches and dings while it is in storage.

Tips on How to Store a Couch in a Storage Unit

  1. Position the couch correctly: Place furniture at least 4 to 8 inches from the walls of the storage unit and leave enough space in-between items to allow for easier access and airflow.
  2. Keep the couch horizontal in storage: Place the couch horizontally in storage, unless you do not have the space in the storage unit and the couch is very sturdy. Placing a couch vertically can damage the coils and inner workings of the couch over long-term storage.
  3. Avoid stacking items on the couch during storage: Do not stack heavy items on top of any type of furniture, but especially couches. This can cause damage to the fabrics and upholstery over long-term storage.

Store Your Couch in a Household Storage Unit!

It is very important to protect the investment in your furniture, especially mattresses and couches while moving or in storage, so you will be able to use the items for many years to come. Self storage is a great home storage solution to keep these items protected until you need them again.

For the convenience of our customers, we’ve recently added a contactless rental option. This allows our customers to rent a storage unit from the convenience of their own homes. If you prefer to rent a storage unit onsite, ezStorage has storage facilities in Maryland, Virginia, Baltimore, Washington, DC and Columbia, MD. Our storage facilities offer a wide variety of storage unit sizes, including the 5×5, 5×10 and 10×10 storage unit. Reserve your storage unit today!

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  1. Select the storage unit size you’re interested in.
  2. Click on “Rent Now” and follow the steps.
  3. Select the autopay option.
  4. Once completed, you will receive an email with your storage unit number and access code.
  5. To reduce person-to-person contact, don’t forget to bring your own lock. Don’t already have a lock? No problem you can stop by the rental office to buy one on your first visit!