Furniture can hold many memories, but the older it gets, the harder it is to keep it in proper condition. There are plenty of threats against antique furniture during the storage process, including mold and damage during transport & handling. Proper precautions need to be taken to ensure that your valuable antiques can remain in great condition for plenty more years.
Self Storage for Antique Furniture
A great option for putting away furniture is storing it in a unit that can be trusted. When looking into a self storage facility you should take these features and attributes into consideration.
- Customer Reviews: Have other owners of antique furniture had success storing antique furniture at the storage facility you are considering? Customer reviews are a great way to research self storage facilities. Sometimes you can even find reviews where customers discuss their experience storing old or antique furniture at a specific storage facility.
- Here is a recent customer review that our Belton, TX location recently received on Google:
- “They got this place right! Technology, you can use your phone to open the gate! They let you borrow their moving truck for a few hours. Big roomy area you don’t feel claustrophobic when others are trying to come through it is very comfortable to tow your trailer, and know that there’s still enough room for somebody else to get by! Prices are competitive to other storage units, they even have RV storage lots. Space is limited but for a good. They have light inside of each unit which is a motion sensor! No fumbling around for a light switch!”
- Temperature Controlled: Climate controlled storage is essential if you are going to be storing fragile or antique furniture. This feature keeps the air cool and reduces humidity. Be sure to ask about climate control options before making your storage facility decision.
- Accessibility: Getting your furniture in and out should be as painless as possible, so great accessibility should be a forethought on your search. Ask about truck rental, transport services, and if there are items such as dollies or carts to be used for your convenience. How much space does the storage facility have? Does the storage facility have enough space for everyone even during peak / busy times? Inquire about storage units on the first floor, as using elevators or stairs adds a greater chance of denting or scratching your valuable antiques.
- Security: A lot of storage facilities have greater protection from theft and damage than most homes. Security is important for your home as well as your storage unit. Be sure to ask the storage facility manager about security procedures and insurance options.
Preparing Your Antique Furniture
A great storage facility can only do so much. It’s up to you to properly prepare your antique items to be stored for as long as you need. It’s important to remember these tips below when setting up / packing / preparing your antique items.
- Mirrors and Framed Pictures
These fragile items should be wrapped in protective layers of bubble wrap, sheets, or some type of felt to prevent damage while in storage. Contact relevant local businesses to inquire about specialty boxes that are made specifically for moving antique mirrors, lamps, and paintings. When storing these fragile items, make sure they are laid horizontally to be sure they do not collapse under their own weight.
- Upholstered Antique Items
To prevent dust from setting and causing damage, styles chairs, sofas, and mattresses should be draped with tarps or sheets to ensure that they are covered from anything. We recommend that you wrap couches, loveseats, and chairs in a plastic furniture cover. We sell furniture cover plastic bags for moving protection and long term storage. Our plastic furniture bags (used in conjunction with packaging tape) keep out dust, insect and moisture (and also help minimize damage during the moving process).
- Heavy Pieces
Furniture that is large and weak should be taken apart and stored in marked boxes. Any screws or smaller parts such as those should be laced in a plastic bag and taped shut to keep them together for future reassembly.
- Wooden Furniture
These items should be wrapped in bubble wrap and sprayed with furniture polish prior to storage.
General Antique Furniture Storage Tips
- It’s important to note that these antique items should not be stacked on top of each other or have anything else placed above it.
- Clean every item thoroughly and be sure they are dry before being placed in storage
- Raise the furniture off the floor of the unit to give an extra layer of protection for an unlikely weather event, such as flooding.
Antique Furniture Stores in Central Texas
Antique furniture can be a great addition to your home and add a great aesthetic to any room. Antique furniture stores can sometimes also answer specific storage questions about a particular piece of furniture. Support our local community by visiting or contacting these antique stores in Central Texas:
- Dusty Road Antique Mall
Phone: (682) 560-9734
Address: 115 North 2nd Street Killeen, TX 76541
Phone: (254) 634-5679
Address: 5505 S. Fort Hood St. (Texas State Highway 195) Killeen, Texas 76542
- Bee’s Antiques
Phone: (979) 257-7070
Address: 771 N Stagecoach Rd, Salado, TX 76571
- Salado Antique Mall
Phone: (254) 947-3355
Address: 751 N. Stagecoach Road, Salado, TX 76571
- Recovery Room Upholstery
Phone: (254) 449-9832
Address: 515 E Veterans Memorial Blvd, Harker Heights, TX 76548
Why Choose Amy’s Attic Self Storage
Amy’s Attic Self Storage is more than equipped to provide a safe environment for your fragile, antique furniture. With temperature controlled units and an insurance program, we are ready to address any storage needs or concerns you have. If you are interested or have any questions, please contact us at 855-426-9728. Please check out our customer reviews to understand why customer service matters in the self storage industry. We look forward to hearing from you and partnering with you to preserve your antiques for the next generation.