How to Store a Sofa in Storage

Whether you are in between homes or just have too much furniture at the moment, you may need to store a sofa in storage.

Keep your sofa looking as good as new in your storage space.Keep your sofa looking as good as new in your storage space.
At the proper storage space, your sofa will come out in the same condition that you put it in, but you need to take proper precautions when storing it. Common problems that can arise include mold, mildew, discoloration and dirt accumulation. Protect your sofa from all of this damage.

Line the floor of the storage area with plastic sheeting. This helps prevent moisture from seeping in.

Lay wooden pallets in the area where you want to store the sofa. The pallets will raise the sofa off of the floor, allowing air to circulate underneath, decreasing the likeliness of mold.

Place the sofa on the wooden pallet. You could store the sofa on its side to maximize storage space, but this can wear out the joints in the sofa. If you have a heavy sofa or will keep the sofa in storage for a long time, it's best to store it in its upright position.

Cover the sofa using a drop cloth. This allows air to circulate while preventing dust from settling on the sofa.

Place other items around the sofa. Keep in mind that certain items might bleed color onto the sofa, so keep these items away from the sofa.

Things You Will Need

  • Plastic sheeting
  • Wooden pallets
  • Drop cloth

Tip

  • It's best to use a temperature and humidity controlled storage area for storing furniture. If this is not possible, keeping a dehumidifier in the storage space can aid in mold prevention.

About the Author

Maggie McCormick is a freelance writer. She lived in Japan for three years teaching preschool to young children and currently lives in Honolulu with her family. She received a B.A. in women's studies from Wellesley College.