Wooden furniture in your home is vulnerable to damage due to poor handling and exposure to adverse environments. Therefore, you should give these types of items special consideration if you are planning on moving to a new home or have decided to place some valuables in storage. For the best results, consider hiring professional furniture removalists to prevent unexpected damage due to poor handling. However, if you want to reduce your moving and storage costs, you can remove the furniture yourself and minimise the risks of damage by using these simple outlined guidelines.

Protect the Furniture

You should protect your wood furniture from external damage before removing it from the house. It is critical to wrap the surfaces to protect them from scratches, dents and general mechanical impact. You can utilise moving blankets, furniture coverings or even foam padding. These will buffer any potential shock during the move. Avoid using plastic covering materials like shrink or bubble wrap for the pieces. The plastic can trap moisture and prevent the timber from breathing. If you are concerned about exposing the furniture to water during removal, wrap with plastic sheeting after using the blankets. If you are moving the items to storage, it is advisable to treat the wood with furniture polish for extra protection.

Load the Pieces

The process of loading can be difficult, so you should get some helping hands to ease the tasks. Before removing the wood furniture from your house, disassemble the structures as much as possible. This will make it easier to load and place the individual pieces. In addition, secure the drawers and other components of the furniture that might accidentally become loose. If you have large wooden furniture, you should hire a dolly to handle the items. For instance, large desks and armoires cannot be disassembled, so handling can be difficult. You should tie down the furniture to prevent accidental toppling and where possible, do not stack items on the furniture because this exerts unnecessary stress.

Maintain Proper Storage Considerations

If you are placing the wood furniture in a storage unit, you should take certain protective precautions. Place the wood furniture in a climate-controlled space to prevent eventual damage. Basically, this type of environment reduces the repercussions of humidity and heat. At the very least, purchase a dehumidifier because the moisture in the air will cause mould growth. Keep the furniture covered with blankets to reduce exposure to dust and bleaching light. Additionally, elevate the pieces on blocks in case of a flood.