How to store leather furniture
Do you have a lovely leather couch in your living room? How about a recliner in your den, or maybe even a loveseat in your man cave? While the home or office is the preferred place to keep and use our leather furniture, you may find yourself needing to store these items.
So, do you want to learn how to store leather furniture? Whether you’re relocating, downsizing, or are between homes, a storage unit can provide a great, safe, and secure way to store your leather couch, especially when using the right steps along the way.
Clean and prepare your leather furniture before storage
The first step in most storage situations is properly cleaning your items, and in this case, that starts with vacuuming out the couch. Be sure to get between all the cushions to catch any food debris, dust, or other materials that can cause scratching or even mildew growth.
After vacuuming, you can purchase leather cleaner or even make one yourself using one part water and one part white vinegar. Use a soft or microfiber cloth and get it damp, not wet, to wipe down the leather. Dry the couch with a soft towel, and then you can condition the leather with either a commercial product or, again, you can make your own with one part white vinegar and two parts linseed oil.
Once clean and conditioned, you can wrap your leather couch in a furniture blanket. This will prevent any scratches and scrapes that occur during transit. Be sure to tape furniture pads to secure the blanket, though avoid any contact between the tape and the leather. Do not use plastic shrink wrap, which can trap condensation that will cause mildew growth on the leather.
Storage features for leather furniture
The next step in securely storing your leather sofa or chair is finding the right storage features. Start with which sized storage unit you need. If all your storing is a leather chair or couch, a 5×10 storage unit will be big enough. However, if you’re storing an entire leather furniture set, a larger 10×20 storage unit will be needed.
You’ll also need a storage unit with climate control. Leather expands in heat, which can cause cracking and drying out. On the other side of the coin, high humidity and water in the air can cause mildew growth. Climate control storage units keep a constant temperature and humidity level, which preserves leather furniture and other sensitive items.
Leather furniture is also costly, so you’ll want strong security features such as electronic gate access, video surveillance, and onsite management to protect your furniture from any theft. Lastly, any furniture can be heavy or awkward to carry, so find a storage facility with drive up access, which allows you to pull your car, truck, or trailer directly up to your unit for easy drop off and pick up.
Placing leather furniture in a storage unit
When the time comes to place your leather couch in a storage unit, it’s a little more than just placing your sofa down. For example, you can place a plastic sheet or even wooden pallets on the floor to keep the sofa elevated from the floor and away from condensation or pests. Also, keep the couch in the center of the unit, allowing airflow around the couch.
If storing anything else, don’t leave boxes or other furniture on top of your leather items. This can leave permanent marks and indentations on the leather or cushions.
Once you’ve taken the right steps, your leather furniture will be safe in sound in storage until you’re ready to pick it up and enjoy it all over again.