How to Store a Couch

Get your couch ready for storage by making the necessary preparations.

Clean It Like You Mean It

For both long- and short-term storage, keeping the piece clean, safe, dry and bug-free is very important to help extend its useful life. Taking the proper precautions will keep it structurally sound and beautiful until you choose to retrieve it at a later time.

Vacuum your sofa thoroughly to remove any particles of food, dust, pet hair and other debris to avoid providing an irresistible spot for bugs to thrive. Use appropriate cleaning solutions to remove stains or spots and mist the piece lightly with an antibacterial spray to freshen the upholstery. Wipe down wooden parts with furniture polish and a soft cloth. If you prefer, hire a professional to clean your furniture in lieu of doing the work yourself.

Location and Position

A climate-controlled storage facility helps to keep your sofa at a constant temperature and humidity level to guard against extreme changes that can have adverse affects on your piece, such as mildew or mold. In addition, store your couch right-side-up, situated on all four legs to avoid undue stress on its construction and upholstery.

Keep It High and Dry

Before storing your couch, raise it off the floor by placing the piece on sturdy wooden pallets covered with a large plastic tarp to provide a moisture barrier between the couch and the floor. This helps to keep the sofa dry if water leaks in on the floor, making your couch less prone to mold or mildew growth.

About the Author

Mary Cockrill's education and certifications in interior design and home staging have allowed her to author numerous home-related articles. Cockrill has been a top design consultant for a renowned home store and is the owner of Starwood Home & Gifts, LLC, an interior design, decorating and home staging business. She holds a Bachelor of Science in secondary education with a comprehensive major in office administration.