What Humidity Does to Your Furniture

Humidity is the measure of water vapor concentration in the air. It’s what makes a room, or the outside, feel steamy, damp, sticky, or chilling, depending on the temperature of the air itself.

You wouldn’t leave visible moisture on your furniture unaddressed. But it’s easy to forget that the invisible moisture in the air, humidity, can deteriorate furnishings, too.

What to Know About Furniture and Humidity

How Humidity Affects Furniture

According to building inspection company Housepect, “Humidity levels in your home can cause damage to almost every type of furniture material, with wood and fabrics most at risk from moisture. Wood expands in humid conditions, which will eventually lead to cracking. Once significant deterioration occurs, damage to furniture is often irreparable. It is important to actively protect furniture when humidity is high, rather than reacting once the damage has already been done.”

Because the cracking often also includes warping, it’s important to be proactive about protecting furniture from humidity damage, since there’s not much that can be done to completely or effectively repair furniture damage after the fact when humidity is the culprit.

What to do depends on where you’re keeping your furnishings, and how long you expect them to be exposed to humidity.

Dehumidifying Indoor Rooms

You can lower the humidity in indoor rooms by increasing airflow, which is as simple as keeping doors propped open, turning on fans, and/or opening windows. This may not be possible to do around the clock, but any time you can do it will keep the overall humidity lower in your home.

There is a safe range of humidity that shouldn’t damage furnishings. Humidity should be kept between 40-60% to prevent damage. 

Depending on your budget, the size of your space, and the scale of the humidity problem you’re dealing with, you may need to consider investing in indoor dehumidifiers, which help regulate the humidity levels in the air in a more complete and calculated way. 

This is a more costly and less energy-efficient way to address possible furniture damage, so taking this step is likely not necessary unless your furnishings are very fragile, or humidity is very difficult to regulate in your space.

Furniture Storage

Storage rentals are a great way to ensure that your home furnishings are protected from temperature and humidity fluctuations, since there are climate-controlled storage rental options that give you greater peace of mind. 

When moving furniture to your storage rental, be sure to confirm that your moving truck has properly functioning climate control systems. This is especially important if you have to make a long drive, or your moving trip spans multiple days.

Rent Storage with Confidence

When you rent storage space with Markham Self-Storage, you can rest assured we make every effort to help you complete your move, or store your valuables, safely and correctly. We offer climate-controlled storage options, packing supplies, and competitively priced units, so you have a lot less to worry about. 

Your unit will also be protected by secure gates and 24/7 security monitoring, so any heirloom furniture you store with us will be kept as safe as possible. Have questions about storage rental or how to store unique pieces of furniture? Contact Markham Self-Storage! We’re ready to help your meet your moving and storage goals, stress-free!

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