Can You Store a Couch on Its Side

Are you in the process of moving, decluttering, or renovating your home and wondering how to store your couch properly? Many people are often asking themselves that very question. Couches are typically one of the larger pieces of furniture, which makes them a challenging piece to store away. Once you’ve established where to store your couch the bigger question becomes how to store it. 

In this article, we’ll discuss the best practices for couch storage and answering frequently asked questions. Let’s dive into the world of couch storage and provide you with some helpful tips!

Prepare Your Couch For Storage

Before diving into how to store your couch properly in a storage unit, we’re going to go over how to prepare your couch for storage. It’s important to ensure that your couch is prepared properly to avoid any long-term damage to your couch and maintain its condition while it’s in storage.

Measure Your Couch

Measuring the size of your couch is key to ensuring that you choose the right-sized unit. It’s also important to consider any other belongings that you plan to store with it when deciding on the size of your storage unit. For example, choosing a 10’ x `10’ storage could accommodate your couch, however, if you also plan on storing your dining room set as well you’ll likely be out of luck. 

Clean Your Couch

Thoroughly cleaning your couch is crucial to the preparation process before you store your couch away in a storage unit. Your couch may be filled with dust, crumbs, and stains. Although it is a lot of work, storing a dirty couch can cause many issues. Here are four steps to take to clean your couch:

  1. Start by dusting and vacuuming your couch including all the creases and crevices. Attention to detail is key in this process.
  2. Take the time to remove any stains by using cleaning products, such as mild detergent or antimicrobial cleaner. Read the labels and the washing instructions for the couch.
  3. If necessary, you can also use a high-quality leather cleaner, wooden furniture wax, or other furniture polish when necessary.
  4. Wash any removable covers by following the care instructions. Before storing ensure that the couch is dry completely to avoid mildew and damage.

Wrap Your Couch

The next step to protecting your couch while in storage is to wrap it first. Wrapping your couch can help protect it from dust and dirt. One thing to keep in mind is not to shrink-wrap your couch in plastic as it won’t allow air to circulate and trap moisture causing mold and mildew to potentially form. It’s best to use proper furniture blankets to protect from dust, dirt, and moisture.

Storing Your Couch in a Storage Unit

Now that you prepped your couch for storage, it’s time to explore the possible ways to store your couch in your storage space. Generally, it’s best to store your couch horizontally, especially if you do have enough space to prevent future damage while in storage. However, here are commonly asked questions when it comes to storing couches and sofas in storage.

Can I Store a Couch Standing Up?

Storing your couch vertically or upright can seem like a great way to save space while storing your belongings in a storage unit, but it can damage the structural integrity of your couch. This can include breaking your frame due to the pressure against the sides of the couch from storing it standing up. However, if you must store your couch upright there are a few things to consider, such as removing the legs of the couch, ensuring that it has proper support, and periodic check-ins.

Can I Store My Sofa at an Angle?

Similarly to storing a couch standing up, it’s ideal to store your sofa in its proper position as opposed to angled just to save space. This is again because it can cause damage to the structure of your sofa. However, if this is your only option to ensure that all your belongings fit in the storage unit, including your couch there are a few things you can do to be extra careful. For instance, protect the arms and backrest using blankets, strap down the sofa to prevent shifting, and ensure the couch is stable from any chance of movement.

Can I Store My Couch with Other Furniture on Top of It?

Storing furniture on top of a couch could have serious implications and damage to your couch. Be mindful of how much weight the other belongings are. If you’re storing lightweight pillows then storing them on your couch will be no problem. However, if you plan on storing a filing cabinet or heavy box of books you might want to think twice about that. Heavy furniture and belongings on top of a couch can cause denting, tears, stains/discoloration, or scratches. 

Any heavy items should be on the bottom, and lighter items go on top when organizing your storage unit. This will help you avoid damaging your belongings while storing them long-term.

How Do You Store a Sofa Without It Getting Damp?

Moisture in the space in which you store your sofa is risky. Therefore, renting a temperature-controlled storage unit to store a sofa and any other temperature-sensitive items is the best way to keep your belongings safe from damage. Temperature-controlled units have consistent humidity and temperature levels reducing the chance for damage. Another option is to elevate your sofa from the ground since moisture tends to accumulate at ground level. Lastly, cover your sofa using furniture covers and not tight plastic wrap to ensure proper ventilation throughout the storage time.

How Can Self-Storage Help

Self-storage can be the perfect solution for storing your belongings, including your couch, regardless if it’s for short or long-term storage. It provides you with the space, protection, and flexibility that comes with renting a storage unit. And as a bonus, if you choose to rent a temperature-controlled storage unit, which is what we offer at XYZ Storage your belongings are further protected from damage while in storage.

If you have any questions or concerns about storing your couch or any of your belongings at one of our storage facilities, please feel free to reach out to us, and our storage experts would be happy to assist you! Happy Storing!


published: 10 November 2023