Got a job overseas and decided to move away temporarily? Congratulations! You're about to embark on an exciting new adventure in your life. But with the anticipation that you will eventually return home, you probably want to store your items in a facility temporarily. Antique furniture is unlike regular furniture because the items are old and fragile. Follow these golden rules when packing an antique chair ahead of your temporary move overseas.
Wipe The Wood And Vacuum Any Fabric
If your antique chair has a wooden frame and legs, make sure you wipe them down thoroughly to ensure that no dirt and grime remains. Dirt and grime will eventually produce mould or mildew, so a thorough wipe down is vital before you store your antique chair away for the short or long term. A damp cloth will produce the best results, but let the chair dry before you start packing it. If your antique chair seat is made from cushioned fabric, vacuum the area to get rid of embedded dust. This action minimises the risk of damage and preserves your antique chair without any further fuss necessary.
Wrap With Movers Blanket Or Padded Cloth
Antique wood needs room to breathe; otherwise beads of moisture will form around it, which can cause the wood to rot. Your best option is to wrap the chair with padded cloth or a mover's blanket. These types of padded materials have an outer shell made from cotton with a padded filling material inside. This will protect the wood from any potential damage and ensures that the wood remains in immaculate condition for when you return. If you're hiring a professional mover, they will be able to provide you with this material. You may also buy these blankets online. You can also check whether your storage facility provides them as optional extras.
Pad Up The Legs And Arm Rests To Minimise Damage While Moving
No matter how careful you are while driving a truck to a storage facility, potholes and unprecedented braking situations will arise when you least expect it. Make sure you cover the legs and arm rests with padding because these areas tend to be most susceptible to damage during moves. Tape the padding as securely as possible to the armrests and legs to ensure that they don't come undone when you're on the move. You can use multiple layers of padding if you desire for extra protection.
Follow these golden rules to protect your antique chair from any damage when you store it away for a temporary period.Share
13 March 2017
After my parents passed away I inherited a lot of bulky furniture items that have been in my family for many generations. My current inner city flat is nowhere near big enough for it so I rented out a storage unit. Sometimes I head out to the storage lot just to look through it and remember them. Luckily the furniture has stayed in great condition and one day when I finally get a big family home, I'll be able to have it all on display. I spent a lot of time researching the best way to store vintage furniture long term, and it's all on my site. Enjoy!