Quick Furniture Storage Guide

Before packing up your furniture and heading off to your local Self Storage facility in Sydney, make sure you read our storage guide. This will help you get the most out of your storage space and keep all your furniture in top condition.

Furniture Storage

Clean Your Furniture Before Putting it in Storage

Cleaning your furniture before packing will help keep it in top condition while in a furniture storage facility. Using the right cleaning product for the right surface, gives your furniture that extra layer of protection.

1.  Bookcases, Dining Sets &Timber Items

Give your Timber furniture items some much needed TLC with these great cleaning tips, such as:

  • Make a cleaning solution: Take three litres of warm water and mix half a cup of white vinegar to it. This natural solution is perfect for painted or non-painted surfaces.
  • With a damp cloth, wipe the surfaces to remove the dust. Remember, too much water can cause your wooden furniture to inflate.
  • Using a spray, or wax polish on a soft cloth can give that original timber shine and protection.
  • Using an old toothbrush is a great idea to remove the dust from cracks and corners.

2.  Mattresses & Fabric Sofas

Fabric surfaces do collect a lot of dust. So, make sure you give your mattresses, sofas and other upholstered items a good vacuum before packing and storing. Some helpful tips are:

  • Sprinkle some baking powder evenly over the surface, before vacuuming for added freshness.
  • For tricky spots or spills, prepare this homemade cleaning solution by mixing:
    • 1 Tablespoon of dishwashing detergent liquid
    • 1 Teaspoon of white vinegar
    • 1 Teaspoon of baking soda
    • A cup of warm water
    • And pour this mixture into a spray bottle
    • Lightly spray the solution onto the stains and wipe it with a clean cloth.
  • If your furniture still has some stubborn stains, try steam cleaning it using a water-based detergent.
  • Is vodka in your home? Great, it can also work as an excellent cleaning agent. Pour a little vodka into clean spray bottle. Then spray evenly on your fabric furniture and lightly wipe off with a cloth.

Moving Your Furniture into the Storage Unit

Moving furniture can be made easier by taking the time to dismantle some furniture items first. It is good to remember:

  • Make sure you have the right tools for the job, such as screwdrivers, spanners and hex keys.
  • Dismantle the furniture from their connecting points.
  • Remember to tape up any screws and fasteners, so they are not lost.
  • Dismantling big furniture pieces helps save time and money, as you will be able to fit more in the car or truck, avoiding multiple trips.

Storing Your Furniture Safely

Your next job is to work out how to pack furniture, in your local furniture storage facility. Using the right wrapping and packaging material will keep your goods safe and sound while in storage.

  • If your furniture storage unit has a concrete floor, you can place a sheet down to further protect your furniture
  • Using sheets, blankets or drop cloths, will help safeguard them from collecting dust.
  • Plastic covers are great for mattresses and fabric lounges, but are not recommended for leather items, as they can block ventilation which may induce moisture, causing mildew and mould.

How Long Do You Need to Store?

Do you need to store your furniture for a couple of years or just for a couple of months? For long term storage, your furniture might need to be cleaned every now and again. Here are some helpful tips:

  • Avoid placing heavy items on cushions, as it can permanently affect their shape over time.
  • Clean and rotate your mattresses every now and then so to ensure the coils do not move.
  • Give your furniture a quick wipe every now and then, as dust will collect on your furniture over time.
  • Corrugated cardboard is ideal for separating stacked chairs.
  • Moving blankets will keep your dining table’s surface safe from dirt and damage.
  • Plastic covers are fantastic for safeguarding mattresses and non-leather couches.

Maximise the Space of Your Storage Unit

To get the most out of your storage unit, try these handy tips:

  • Keep your most commonly accessed items nearest to your unit’s door.
  • Put the large furniture pieces, such as bed frames and cabinets towards the back of your storage unit.
  • Storing your longer items, such as sofas along the side of your unit.

More Smart Storage Tips

Here are some more smart tips when storing your furniture:

  • Taking out drawers will make your dresser easier to move, but make sure you put them back in when it is in storage.
  • Dismantle your bed frame. Then cover your mattress and place it on its side when storing, while making sure it is properly ventilated. This will save you lots of room in your storage unit.
  • If possible, remove the legs from your dining table and wrap the table top with a blanket, before placing it on its side against the mattress or wall.
  • If you don’t have the original box for your TV, you can always use a couple of cardboard layers to protect and insulate the screen.
  • After you have stored your belongings, for peace of mind, make sure you insure your furniture while in storage. There are great insurance options available in most storage facilities. For more details, refer to our self-storage insurance page.

To get your furniture storage facility in Sydney, check out the large range of furniture storage solutions, at any Hills Self Storage facilities.

Article Name
Furniture Storage Guide
Gavin Koorey
If you are planning to move your furniture from one place to another or just want to pack them in boxes, this furniture storage guide will help you to keep it safe and secured.

Quick Furniture Storage Guide

Gavin Koorey


Gavin Koorey

Director at Hills Self Storage
Gavin has been a Owner/Director of Hills Self Storage since they began operations in Galston in 2001.

He has been actively involved in the Hills Community over this time. He is a Director and former Chairman of Galston Financial Services, a franchise of the Bendigo & Adelaide Bank. He has been heavily involved in the Hills Hawks Football club as a Coach, Manager, Committee member and Player.

Through Hills Self Storage he has always supported many local community groups, schools and sporting groups through financial or storage space donations.

In 2013 he received the Ben Swane Business Service to Community Award from Dural Rotary Club.