5 Tips to Protect Your Furniture During A House Renovation
Renovating a house can be stressful. But knowing that your home will look nicer and more comfortable after a few weeks or months of chaos, dirt and mess makes the stress go away.
Whether you are hiring a contractor or doing it yourself, you want to protect your furniture pieces during a house renovation as they are expensive investments. Debris, dust, paint – they all can cause serious damage to your furniture.
Below are five smart ideas to protect your home furniture during a renovation:
- Cover them
The first and most obvious step to protecting your home furniture against all sorts of damage is to cover them. You can use drop clothes, plastic covers or sheet, and even blankets. You can buy drop clothes from a hardware store. They’re cheap, convenient and can be easily fastened to furniture using tape or staples. However, on the flipside, drop clothes can easily fall off so if you opt for this type of cover, be sure to fasten it properly. Plastic cover is light and easy to use. It also fastens to most types of furniture easily. However, you can’t expect 100% protection against sharp debris. For better protection against various kinds of debris and dirt, opt for high-quality tarp. It’s thicker and doesn’t tear easily. You can fasten tarps using ropes or staples.
- Move it, move it!
If you have the option to move furniture, then do it. It’s a sure-fire way to protect them against damage. If your garage is big enough to accommodate all your home furniture, move them there. Or, you could empty each room as it is being worked on, moving furniture from room to room. It’s a bit of a hassle though but if you don’t have a secure outdoor space for all your furniture, this might be the only way. Just make sure you have some protecting covering on the floor because home furniture is usually heavy and have sharp edges that could cause permanent scratches on your floor.
- Contain the worksite
Dust is every homeowner’s enemy during renovation or remodeling. Not only does it cause you allergy and other respiratory problems, it also causes scratches on your valued home furniture. Contractors recommend performing renovation work during summer when the weather is warm and you don’t have to use your HVAC system. However, even if it’s not summer, you still can prevent dust from ruining your furniture by containing the worksite. Here’s how you can do it:
- Close all doors to rooms not being renovated.
- Cover any heating or air vents with cardboard, piece of plyboard, or tarp. This will prevent dust from getting into your HVAC system and getting blown into the rest of your house.
- Hang plastic sheets or tarps across the doorway of the room or area being renovated.
- Take extra precaution when painting
Painting is almost involved in every home renovation project. It is also one of the most common causes of furniture damage. If you’re painting walls by yourself, make sure that you take extra preparatory measures to secure your home contents. You already know about covering and moving your furniture. Another trick is to speed up the paint drying process by using air movers. These portable devices work by increasing air circulation and drawing in moisture. An air mover can be positioned directly on a specific area for fast drying.
- Rent a storage container
If you have extra budget, you can make use of an on-site storage unit. Storage containers are airtight and lockable. They also come in varying sizes depending on your need. This is an effective and convenient way to secure your home furniture and other valuables during a renovation or remodeling project, and is a great option if you don’t have much space in your house or garage. It will be a relief for you and your contractor knowing that they can move around your home freely without worrying about possibly damaging anything.
Protecting your home furniture during a renovation is really important. Hope these tips have given you ideas on just what to do. After the renovation work, don’t forget to inspect all your furniture to ensure that there hasn’t been any damage.