Storing a Sofa

By Molly Hammond,

Whether you’re getting new sofas and moving old sofas out, or you’re moving to a new home and need someplace to store your sofas, self storage could be helpful. But what size unit should you get? And what if you have multiple sofas that you need to store? Don’t worry—we’ve got you covered.

The Best Unit Size

Although the average sofa is about six feet in length, a 5×10 or 5×15 storage unit isn’t going to cut it. While you might be able to fit your sofa lengthwise, trying to maneuver it through the storage unit frame will be difficult.

In most cases, a 10×10 will be better for storing a sofa. However, if you’re storing more than one sofa (as well as other household items or furniture), you may need a 10×20 or 10×30 storage unit.

How to Arrange Your Sofas

Sofas can take up a lot of space, and if you’re using your storage unit to store other furniture as well, you’ll really want to maximize the space you have. This is where arranging sofas in your storage unit is important.

Standing your couch on its end is a great way to use your storage space effectively. This can also be the best fit for storing multiple, full-size sofas or pieces of sectionals, but it isn’t recommended for long-term storage. If you’re simply using your unit as a place for your sofa to crash while your home is being painted or remodeled, or you’re using your storage space as a temporary home for a sofa that’s being sold or donated, go ahead and store the sofa(s) upright. However, if you’re storing your sofa during a study abroad or military deployment, you’ll want to store your sofa with its legs on the floor, just as you would if it were in your home.

The legs-on-the-floor approach is also ideal if you’re looking to stack a companion loveseat upside-down on top of the sofa (cushion to cushion). This configuration even allows for a coffee table or a few light boxes to be placed on top of the loveseat—that is, as long as the boxes aren’t heavy enough to put pressure on the loveseat’s springs.

Another important thing to remember is to keep your sofas up against the walls of your storage unit, especially if they’re stacked. You don’t want them in the middle of the unit where they’ll be in your way, or where they’re at risk of getting knocked over while you’re moving things in and out of your unit.