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How to Store It: Mattresses and Bedroom Furniture

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Storing your bedroom set may seem simple, but keeping it in good condition can take a little work. Whether you’re placing it in a climate controlled storage unit or somewhere in your basement, prep work is the key to proper bedroom furniture storage. These storage tips will help you preserve your mattress and furniture so you can get a good night’s sleep for years to come.

Prepping for Proper Bedroom Furniture Storage

Furniture and mattress storage isn’t difficult, but it’s more work-intensive than simply placing items in a box. In addition to being bulkier than other items in your home, bed frames and mattresses require special care to ensure they stay in the best possible condition.

Disassemble your bed frame to make moving it easier.

Taking your bed frame apart makes bedroom furniture storage easier and more efficient. As you remove screws, bolts, and cam locks, set these small parts aside or put them in clearly labeled bags. Tape or rubber-band these bags to the frame for easy retrieval. Before you wrap wooden bed frame pieces in blankets or load them onto the truck, give them a good cleaning. Dust them thoroughly and use furniture polish to give them an extra level of protection.

Clean and wrap your mattress to protect it from dirt, dust, or other pollutants.

If it feels like your mattress is a lot heavier than the day you first set it up, you’re not wrong. As we sleep, dead skin cells, sweat, and other particulates find their way into our mattresses. You can help eliminate some of that weight, however. Vacuum away accumulated dust and dead skin cells from your mattress with a handheld vacuum or your sweeper’s brush attachment. Clean and deodorize by sprinkling baking soda and leaving it on for at least an hour before vacuuming again. If you notice any stains, you can use a stain remover or whip up a natural DIY cleaner with a recipe you find online.

After cleaning your mattress to the best of your abilities, take some time to air it out for an hour or two. Expose it to sunlight and fresh air. Placing it outdoors is ideal, but you can also set it near an open window that gets plenty of sunshine.

How to Pack a Mattress and Bed Frame for Moving or Storage

Once your furniture is clean, you should try to make an effort to keep it that way. Before loading your furniture onto a truck, cover your mattress and furniture to protect them from dust and damage. This not only protects them in transit, but can also provide a barrier of protection for your items while they’re in storage. For bedroom furniture, consider doing the following:

  • Place your box spring and mattress in separate mattress bags.
  • Wrap the bed frame, headboard, and other furnishings in moving blankets. This will help cushion these items if they are jostled while moving or if weight shifts inside your storage unit.

It’s important to use the right kind of protection for each item. You should never wrap wooden furniture in plastic, for example. Condensation can sometimes develop between the plastic and the wood, warping it or causing other damage.

Not sure where to find mattress bags or moving blankets? Many Prime Storage locations offer moving and packing supplies for purchase. Before you begin packing, drop by your nearest facility and shop for boxes, mattress bags, and blankets.

How to Arrange your Mattress and Bed Frame in a Storage Unit

Efficient bedroom furniture storage requires a little planning. Decide which items you want easy access to, and plan to place them in the front of the unit. Allow for at least one aisle so you can get to all your belongings when you need them. Placing your belongings in the proper position can help prevent damage and make it easier to remove them when the time comes. These storage tips can assist in preventing warping, mold, and other damage:

  • Lay your mattress flat on a tarp or other clean surface to retain its shape
  • Avoid placing anything on top of mattresses
  • Place furniture on wooden pallets or other raised surfaces
  • Choose climate controlled storage for additional protection from the elements

Climate controlled storage can help keep your mattress and wooden bedroom furniture in their best possible condition. These units are kept at a consistent temperature no matter the season; whether your part of the country gets extremely hot or bitterly cold, the storage unit is kept air-conditioned or heated.

Not using climate control? If you aren’t, it’s advisable to place a dehumidifier in your furniture and mattress storage area. You’ll keep mustiness at bay and prevent the wood from expanding and contracting. When you put your bedroom furniture set back into use, repeat the process of cleaning all items before reassembling them.

Find Convenient Bedroom Furniture Storage at Prime Storage

Taking time to clean and prepare your bedroom set before storing it can help preserve its beauty and functionality, but where you store them is just as important. When you need to store your bedroom furniture, get in touch with Prime Storage. Whether you reserve a unit online or talk with one of our friendly, knowledgeable storage professionals, you’ll appreciate the convenience of our storage facilities. Not sure where to start? Contact a location nearest you to find a unit today.

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