I have never been one of those people who is naturally inclined to stay organized, but a few months ago I realized that I would need those skills if I was going to move successfully. I started focusing heavily on moving in an organized manner, and I started by getting rid of all of my belongings that I knew I wouldn't need. It took a lot of work, but by the time I cleaned things out, I knew that moving would be a snap. This blog is all about moving the easy way, leaving the mess behind, and being able to enjoy the journey.
It's difficult to determine what to do with unused furniture. Although you might not have any use or space for a leather couch that no longer use, it's a shame to throw the couch out, especially since couches made from genuine leather can cost anywhere from $2,000 to $4,000. You might still find a use for the couch later on, especially if you like the design and the quality of the leather. To avoid cluttering up your home, your best bet is to move the leather couch to a furniture storage facility. However, you can't simply toss a leather couch into storage and expect it to be in the same condition years later. Here are 3 tips you can implement to protect the leather couches you keep in storage.
Clean and Condition the Leather to Keep It Supple and Soft
There's a good chance that you used to spend a considerable amount of time on the couch. This means that there's probably crumbs, dirt, dust, and other particles lodged in the crevices of the couch. This debris can either attract pests, or it can end up staining and damaging the leather. You should definitely take some time out to clean and condition the leather before putting the couch in a storage facility. Rub a solution containing vinegar and olive oil, which are two ingredients you can easily find in your kitchen, onto the leather. The vinegar will clean the leather, while the olive oil will remove stains and condition the leather to keep it soft and supple.
Consider covering your leather couches with a fabric cover in order to keep the leather from drying out while it sits in the furniture storage facility. You should continue to condition the leather every couple of years to keep the leather soft and supple; otherwise, the leather might start to crack, especially if the storage facility does not have climate-control features.
Disassemble the Furniture as Much as Possible so It Takes Up Less Space
With everything that's being stored in the storage facility and the amount of traffic it will get over the years as you remove things you need, try to disassemble the leather couch if you can so that it takes up as little space as possible. You don't want to simply leave a huge leather couch lying around unprotected. Accidents happen, and you can easily tear the leather or dent the frame of the couch when you are moving boxes in and out of the storage facility.
When disassembling the leather couch, make sure you keep all of the fasteners and small parts in a plastic bag, so that you won't lose them later on. Make sure you label the plastic bag and specify that the fasteners and screws are for the leather couch. If there are a lot of parts, you might even want to keep them in separate bags based on which part of the leather couch they were removed from.
Keep the Leather Sofa Off of the Floor
You never know when misfortune will come your way. Try to protect your leather couch as much as possible by keeping it off of the floor. Raise the leather couch by placing them on pallet racks. This also prevents pests from being able to hide underneath the couch.
If you're concerned that the pallet racks might slip and slide, place rubber mats underneath. The rubber mats will grip onto the pallet racks and the floor, and will keep the leather couch stable even in the face of minor earthquakes.
When storing leather couches, you need to make an effort to keep the leather couches away from other towering furniture. You don't want anything to accidentally fall onto your couch and damage it.Share