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The Best Tips for Moving a Couch and Storing it in a Storage Unit

Posted on: March 30, 2018 | by: Lighthouse Self Storage May 15, 2018

A man moving his couch into storage

A couch can be very difficult to move. And, the bigger the couch, the bigger the challenge. Follow these couch-moving tips to help reduce the risk of damaging your comfy sofa.

5 Top Tips for Moving a Couch

  1. Clean the Couch: Before moving your couch, be sure to give it a good clean. Any crumbs, moisture, dirt or pet hair left on your couch can cause staining, unpleasant odor and, of course, the formation of mold or mildew. Use a vacuum cleaner to clean the couch fabric and make sure to clean under the cushions, too. Before using an upholstery cleaner, double check to make sure it is safe for your furniture. When in doubt, follow the manufacturer approved instructions.
  2. Get Help: Unless the couch is very small, it is not a good idea to move a couch by yourself. If you have a smaller couch, you may be able to get away with using furniture sliders to glide the piece out the door. Otherwise, recruit a group of your able-bodied friends to help you move the furniture piece.
  3. Disassemble all Removable Pieces: This step not only makes the couch less cumbersome to move, it also makes it lighter. Remove the couch cushions, feet of the couch and any other pieces that can be disassembled.
  4. Protect Your Sofa: Unfortunately, your sofa can easily become damaged during your move. In order to protect it, securely wrap it in moving blankets or plastic wrap. Tape the blankets or plastic wrap together to keep it from falling off during the move. Wrap any wooden areas of the couch with cardboard or plastic to prevent scratches and scuffs.
  5. Measure the Couch: Before you put your back into moving the couch, take a few seconds to measure it. This will help you ensure it can fit through any doorways, hallways and staircases in your way. Once you determine the narrowest part of your couch, make sure to point that end through the door first.

How to Store a Couch in a Storage Unit

Whether you have a spare couch you’re not ready to get rid of quite yet, or you are moving soon and need big furniture pieces out of your home, follow these couch storage tips to protect the quality of your couch!

  1. Cover the Couch: When placing a couch into a self storage unit, leave it covered with the sheets you used during transportation. However, if you used plastic wrap to protect your couch, you’ll want to replace it with a breathable material as plastic can trap in moisture and result in the formation of mold or mildew.
  2. Store the Couch Off of the Ground: Protect your furniture from moisture by raising it off of the ground during storage. Use bricks, a tarp or pallets to keep the couch from touching the floor.
  3. Store Your Couch in a Climate Controlled Storage Unit: The presence of moisture or extreme fluctuations in temperature can damage your couch. A storage unit that can control the climate will protect leather or wooden furniture from warping.

Are You Looking for a Location to Store Your Couch?

Lighthouse Self Storage has storage facilities throughout Florida and California with self storage units that can control the climate. Our storage units vary in sizes, from the 5×10 storage unit to the largest 10×15 storage unit. Our range in self storage unit sizes offers you flexibility, whether you are storing one piece of furniture or multiple rooms worth. Are you interested in learning more about a storage unit rental with Lighthouse Self Storage? Contact us today!

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