From the experts: tips on storing your couch, for the short or long term, with details of Johannesburg self-storage branches.

couch storage

XtraSpace is an ideal choice for couch storage in Johannesburg, with multiple, conveniently located branches offering affordable storage space in and around the City of Gold.


There are also XtraSpace branches in Durban, Pietermaritzburg and Cape Town.


You may need to store a couch or sofa because you’ve recently moved and it doesn’t fit in your new space, you’ve bought new furniture, you’ll be away from home for a period or you’ve inherited the couch from someone else. Whatever the situation, a self-storage unit can give you the time you need to keep a couch safe, until you’re ready to use it, sell it or give it to family or a friend.


Couch storage tips

Before you heave your couch into the removals van, there are a few steps you can take to preserve its condition, both during the move and in storage.


Be a DIY dirt-buster

A clean couch – with no dust, stains and food residue hidden between the cushions – has a great chance of surviving the storage term unscathed. Take a look at our pre-storage sofa cleaning tips for a quickfire couch cleaning guide.



If you’ve got a couch with removable components, detach them from the frame, wrap the legs in bubble wrap, and place all the bits together in one clearly marked box.



You can prevent scratches, tears, stains, and the unwanted attentions of pests, by wrapping the entire couch in a moving blanket or dust sheet. Avoid using plastic, as it can cause condensation, and we all know that means mould, mildew and water stains.



Store your couch in a horizontal position off the floor. You can use old wooden pallets, a tarpaulin or a few layers of thick cardboard to protect your couch from rising damp.


Position with care

Place the couch approximately 10 cm away from the walls of the unit. This will allow sufficient space for the air to circulate properly, thereby keeping the upholstery dry and adequately aerated.


No heavy stuff

Avoid using your couch as an additional storage surface. Heavy items can damage the fabric, coils and structure of your couch.


Why use XtraSpace for couch storage?

At XtraSpace, we offer clean, secure self-storage units that are ideal for storing couches and other furniture until you’re ready to move them into your new home or to other premises.


We provide flexible terms, competitive rates and friendly support staff, and all our self-storage facilities are protected by CCTV surveillance cameras, alarm systems and fire-fighting equipment.


Our clients have unlimited access to their storage units during office hours, and after-hours access by arrangement.


You can rent the storage space you need for a couch or sofa for as short or long a time as you need it. No deposit is required and you can move out with just a month’s notice.


Where to store a couch in Johannesburg and surrounds

We offer affordable Johannesburg couch storage at the following branches:

We also offer self-storage units in a wide range of sizes at branches in the Western Cape and KwaZulu-Natal. Contact us for more information or browse to find a branch near you.

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