Moving Furniture/sofa storage


I have a sofa in my house that needs to be put away until my son gets his apartment.  I tried to put it my basement but it is too wide.  My only alternative is to put it in my patio room on the back of my house so what I want to know is how do I cover it to protect from the cold winter air.  It will never get wet just cold.

Hello Tracey,

If you have enough blankets it would be great if you could wrap it completely. There is not much else you need to do as long as it is in an enclosed room. If the room is outside and not part of the home, let me know if it's an open enclosure that is just protected from rain but still "open" to the air. If it will be sitting on a cement floor, it's a good idea to put it on wooden blocks. You can "drape" one of those cheap thin plastic drop cloths over the covered sofa if you want to protect from dust. If it's a leather sofa you can rub a conditioner into the leather before covering it.

That is pretty much it. Let me know if you have any further questions.



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Moving your furniture. I would like to answer all questions dealing with the proper techniques of how to move ANY type of furniture, including difficult doorways and stairways. Also, all questions dealing with the proper packing of breakables including antiques. All general questions concerning the moving and storage industry will be answered. I cannot recommend a particular mover in a person`s neighborhood but i can explain how to obtain a company in good standing with the community. I have been in the moving and storage industry for almost four decades! I am located in Massachusetts.


I have almost four decades of experience in the moving & storage industry. When I was a small boy my father introduced me into the moving business and I have been hooked ever since. At first I started out as a young laborer untill I was old enough to drive a furniture van. As time went on I drove 18-wheelers around the country moving small shipments as well as large corporate relocations. I was taught the old school methods by men that were craftsman in their field. I learned how to pack the most delicate of breakables as well as museum pieces. It was common practice to do estimates and even the actual ratings on interstate jobs. Doing commercial moves were a big part of my moving career over the years. Some of the big names that I delt with were "GE","MICROSOFT","FIDELITY INVESTMENTS" AND "AMERICAN EXPRESS". As the years went by my family retired and sold the business (not my choice). I went on to establish my own moving company which ran for 12 years before I phased out the physical moving itself. Today I have developed a consulting service where I advise future furniture buyers as well as people moving for the first time on what to expect from their upcoming adventure. Furniture buyers are advised on what size furniture will fit through their narrow doorways and tight hallways. By choosing furniture with the right dimensions will narrow down the probability of the furniture being returned back to the store. That is not a scenario people want after waiting 8-12 weeks for their new furniture. I can also help people to understand the proper procedures of a first time move in their lives. I tell them what is to be expected,how they can save money,how to choose a good mover and what is involved with getting the packing done.

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I have a high school diploma from Swampscott High School............Swampscott, MA. Immediately after high school I entered the family business where I stayed for 20 years before moving on to my own business endeavors.

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