Wooden furniture provides a natural and warm aesthetic to your home, but like all large items, can take up a great deal of space. If you want to free up some living space or just need to store your furniture while you are moving to a new home, it may be a good idea to store your wooden furniture in secure storage units. However, before doing so, you need to make sure that you properly prepare your wooden furniture so that it does not become damaged while not being used.
Before you put your furniture into storage, you'll want to clean it off to remove any dust or other particles which may scratch the finish of your furniture. You should wipe down the wooden surface of your furniture using a polish, such as linseed oil, to ensure that the wood itself is moisturized and given a certain level of protection against minor scratches and splitting. You'll want to cover your wooden surfaces after you put them into the storage unit to protect them from accumulating further dust, but stay away from plastic coverings, as they can trap moisture against your wood and actually contribute to warping, rotting and cracking. Instead, you should make use of soft cloths and moving blankets, which can be found at most moving supply stores if you don't want to use your own.
Make sure to break down all of your furniture as much as possible. This can help you more easily fit more of your wooden furniture into your storage unit and can also make it easier for you to arrange your furniture to avoid damage. Additionally, you should always make sure that your wooden surfaces are stored above the ground, either standing on your furniture's legs or set on top of pallets or other supports. This helps provide adequate ventilation and prevents mold growth on wooden surfaces but also ensures that your wood will not become damaged in the unlikely event of flooding in your storage unit.
Though it represents an added expense, when you are putting your wooden furniture into storage, it is essential to consider renting a climate controlled storage unit. This is because a climate controlled unit will maintain a relatively constant level of humidity and temperature, which can protect your furniture from rot, mold, warping and splitting that can occur due to excessive moisture and temperature fluctuations.