Protecting Furniture from Dust and Damage during Renovations

Posted on 25 April 2024 | 4 minute read

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A home renovation is an exciting project that promises to enhance your lifestyle. However, before you get to relax and enjoy your home’s new features, you’ve got a lot of dusty, chaotic work to get through. Unfortunately, some renovation processes can damage your existing furniture if it’s not properly protected. 

So, how do you stop your furniture from collecting marks, scratches, and dust during a home renovation? In this article, we explore all the strategies you can use to store and protect furniture during renovations to ensure every piece makes it through unscathed. 

What’s the Scope of Your Renovation?

The level of protection your furniture will require greatly depends on the type of remodel. For example, a fresh coat of paint poses little risk to most furniture and is a problem that’s quickly solved with plastic sheeting or a few quality drop sheets. 

On the other hand, a major reconstruction will demand more thoughtful protective measures in case of falling debris, dropped tools, accidents, and copious volumes of dust. Whatever your renovation scenario, applying appropriate protection to your furniture will save you the expense of repairing or replacing it. 

Disassemble and Wrap Furniture

You may not have the room to store larger furniture, such as a queen-size bed, but you can better use your space by disassembling bed frames, cabinets, and tables. This way, you will need much less room to get your most valuable pieces out of the way, such as a corner of your garage or another room. 

Taking apart furniture not only makes it easier to store, but it’s also much simpler to transport it as well. Use bubble wrap and felt blankets to prevent the separate components from getting marked or damaged during transport.

Pay attention to the screws and fixtures of each piece, as these are easily lost. You can use a zip-loc bag stapled or taped to a significant piece of furniture to ensure nothing gets lost and that you can put the furniture back together again. 

Protect Your Floor

Flooring is perhaps the most vulnerable to damage during a renovation. Use felt pads to move furniture across polished wooden floors to avoid scratches. 

Painting is a messy job and is sure to leave drops on the floor no matter how carefully you or your painter handle a brush. Lay plastic or heavy-duty drop sheets over the floor and furniture to protect it from paint drops and spills. Drop sheets over your furniture are also a good option if you plan to leave larger items in the room. 

Seal off The Construction Zone

A great way to keep dust out of the usable areas of your home is to seal them off with plastic sheeting. Even a small kitchen renovation can produce a lot of dust that will get into every nook and cranny of the rest of your home. 

A few strategically placed plastic sheets will save you from hours of cleanup and protect your sensitive electronic equipment, such as TVs and game consoles, from excessive dust buildup. 

Of course, you will still want adequate airflow through the work area, so make sure your plastic sheeting doesn’t block ventilation. 

Consider a Temporary Storage Solution

Depending on your renovation, you may not have the luxury of storing and protecting your furniture in your home. Fortunately, a complete storage solution is available that won’t break your renovation budget. 

1800 We Store It offers affordable steel shipping containers delivered to your door. They can provide a secure storage location for your valuable furniture or create more room to work during the renovation. 

These robust containers are plenty secure for storing on your driveway and are perfect for a freestanding home. You can keep the container on your property for the duration of the renovation. Unlike a traditional storage unit, this feature means you have 24/7 access to your belongings.

The containers can be delivered, filled, and stored offsite so that apartment dwellers can also take advantage of their affordability and convenience. Various sizes are available, from 6ft and 8ft containers, great for storing a bedroom or two of property, to large 20 ft containers capable of keeping a four-bedroom home’s worth of items safe. 

Temporary storage solutions are the best way to keep furniture safe during a renovation. Contact 1800 We Store It for a quick quote and find out how affordable it can be. 


Terry Davison