Safely Storing Fabric Furniture for a Move

Friday November 16, 2018

When planning for a big move, you can save time, money, and worry by placing unneeded items such as clothing, excess furniture, and mattresses in a storage unit. Not only will you cut down on the amount of time spent loading and unloading a moving truck, but you will also avoid careless mistakes that can lead to permanent damage to prized possessions. However, when renting a storage unit for cloth and fabric items, it is important to take certain precautions to guarantee that they are protected while stored.

Storing Clothing

Placing out-of-season clothing in storage ahead of time is an easy way to make moving day run smoothly. It is important to put clothes in airtight bags or plastic containers while they are in storage so that they stay in good shape. Vacuum-sealed clothes bags or plastic tubs with secure lids are ideal for ensuring that your clothes stay in mint condition while in storage.

Storing Furniture

A climate-controlled storage unit is a great place to store furniture in the weeks and months leading up to your move. Before taking your furniture to the unit, clean it well. Vacuum all upholstery, oil wooden parts so they do not dry out, polish leather, and disassemble large pieces for better space efficiency. Once you have placed your items in storage, cover all furniture pieces with plastic or cloth coverings to keep them safe.

Storing Mattresses

Mattresses are heavy and hard to maneuver, so it only makes sense to clear out guest rooms and other unused beds before moving. Plastic mattress bags are ideal for keeping your mattresses looking good as new until you are ready to move them into your new home. Before sealing up your mattress, use upholstery cleaner and a handheld vacuum to thoroughly clean the cloth. A dirty mattress will easily grow dangerous mold, fungus, and bacteria if it is put into a mattress bag and placed in storage. It is also important to lay mattresses flat in storage so that they retain their shape. Lay a tarp on the storage unit floor before storing your mattress for additional protection. Avoid storing boxes or other furniture on top of your mattresses to avoid permanent dents, cuts, or other damage.


At BigTex Storage, we want to take the hassle out of moving day and alleviate unneeded stress from the entire process. Storing excess possessions before you move is easy, and you can relax knowing that your cloth furniture, mattresses, and clothes are safe and protected by following these tips. For more information on selecting a self-storage unit to make your upcoming move a breeze, feel free to contact us today.

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