It’s difficult to decide what to do with unused office furniture that may be cluttering your workspace. Getting rid of it might seem like a no-brainer, but there are plenty of reasons why you’d want to hold on to those items.
- Your unused office furniture is relatively new or still holds value.
- You’re downsizing the office or transitioning to “work from home,” but don’t want to throw it out just in case.
- Those extra desks, chairs, and other fixtures may come in handy for temporary or seasonal employees.
Best Strategy For Storing Furniture
Whether you’re moving, remodeling, or temporarily freeing up extra space, you’ll need to follow these tips for storing your valuable office furniture.
- Create A List
- Break It Down
- Clean Everything
- Wrap It Up
- Consider Climate Control
1. Make An Inventory List And Check It Twice
The more items you store, the harder it becomes to keep track of everything. An inventory list gives you an accurate account of everything that goes into storage, which lets you know exactly what’s being stored and where it’s located. If you’re storing boxes, make sure each box is clearly labeled and included on your list. You’ll be thankful to have a record when you’re looking for that one thing you can’t seem to find.
2. Break It Down To Conserve Space
Certain pieces of office furniture can be broken down into separate and easier-to-manage components. Breaking these items down makes transporting and placing them into storage more manageable. Pieces can also be packed into smaller, tighter spaces, thus freeing up more space to store additional furniture.
3. Clean & Treat Your Furniture Before Storing It
Before storing your unused office furniture, make sure it’s cleaned and dried thoroughly. For wood finishes, apply a protective polish before storage. Cloth upholstery should also be steam-cleaned and vacuumed beforehand. For leather upholstery, use a leather conditioner to prevent it from drying out and cracking during storage.
4. Protect It From Damage
It’s common for used office furniture to collect dings, rips, and other damage while being shuffled around. For this reason, you’ll want to wrap it in padded covers, sheets, or blankets. Doing so also prevents dirt, dust, and debris from collecting on your furniture. Avoid plastic wrap since it can trap moisture, which can cause mold and mildew to grow. Blankets and covers allow ventilation that drives out extra moisture and prevents mold from forming.
5. Select The Right Climate
Office furniture is made for climate-controlled environments. So, it’s no surprise that you’ll need a climate-controlled space to store it. Excess humidity, moisture, and heat can do a number on wood and upholstery, leading to extensive damage and expensive replacement costs. Likewise, cold temperatures and dry air can also wreak havoc on office furniture. A climate-controlled space with properly balanced indoor temperatures, humidity, and ventilation will help keep your stored office furniture safe year-round.
How We Handle Your Used Office Furniture
At Southwest Modular, we know how much of a pain it can be to move office furniture. Fortunately, our professional team is available to deal with the hassle of moving, and tearing down cubicles, so you don’t have to. We’ll handle every step of the office moving and storage process, from inventorying each piece of furniture to transporting and storing it in our furniture storage facility in Las Vegas. Call us today to get the job done efficiently and effectively.