From antiques that don’t quite fit your décor, to items you’re saving for your children, it’s easy for furniture to create clutter. Instead of having these precious pieces take up valuable space in your home, it may be time to move those in good condition to a home of their own.
Self storage provides you with the room you need to keep the furniture you love, while you simultaneously remove clutter from your home. Below, we highlight four key steps to successfully prepare and protect your furniture items for long-term self storage.
1. Clean and Prep
Before you store your furniture, give each item a thorough clean. Begin by wiping down your pieces with a fresh cloth. Then, use an appropriate cleaner for the type of material (metal, wood, glass, etc.), and wipe down once more for an added layer of protection.
As a final step, let the item breathe in a well-ventilated area and dry completely. This will ensure no patches of trapped moisture can reside on your item as you cover and pack the piece for storage. Patches of trapped moisture left alone can damage your item over time, and create marks of discoloration.
2. Disassemble for Easy Transport
For larger items, such as dressers, beds, tables and couches, prep for smoother transportation. Dismember pieces before the big trip to the storage unit to lighten your load.
For example, remove legs from tables and sofas, take out drawers from dressers and cushions from couches, and remove planks from bedframes. Group, wrap and label these pieces together to stay organized.
3. Cover and Protect
After you’ve prepped your furniture for long-term storage, protect it with the right materials. Bubble wrap can be useful to wrap items that easily break, such as framed pictures, mirrors, lamps or blunt parts like chairs and table legs.
As a general rule, avoid plastic package materials when possible, as it can suffocate certain materials like wood and fabrics. This can lead to condensation or unpleasant smells in your unit. Instead, use drop cloths or covers, sheets or blankets to keep dust away and allow air to circulate.
Additionally, remember that not all furniture pieces will have the same needs for proper protection, so it’s recommended you conduct necessary research prior to moving items.
4. Strategically Store
To maximize your unit’s space, you may be tempted to cram and jam items without a proper plan in place. However, sloppy storage can lead to consequences that could be harmful to your furniture.
So how can you avoid this problem when storing items long-term? Leave space in between items.
The benefits are two-fold: you’ll allow air to flow freely between the furniture, which will help protect your items from damage, and you’ll reduce the risk of accidental damage to your pieces should you ever need to remove them from your unit.
Save Space Without The Sacrifice
You don’t have to get rid of your furniture favorites due to lack of space. Now, you can realistically consider storage of larger items, even if you lack the space at home.
With the added benefit of climate-controlled storage, these spaces will help maintain your furniture’s condition over time, versus storing it in a humid attic or damp basement.
By properly prepping your items for long-term storage, they will be ready for use upon removal, whenever you, or your family, may need them.
When moving house, there are lots of reasons why you might need to store your things. Maybe you’re moving from your old house before the new place is ready. Perhaps you’re down-sizing, or you’ve just inherited Aunt Sally’s furniture, and you want to save it for when your daughter gets her place. Whatever the reason there are a few things you should know about renting storage.
If your household goods need to be put into storage between moving out and moving into your new home, your moving company can provide storage options.
Ask your movers and have them prepare a quote. Even if it costs a little more to use their service, it may be worth the extra amount for the convenience of having the movers deliver your items directly from your home to the storage facility. If this is an option, make sure you ask if you have access to your things and if you do, what kind of notice is required. Also, research their storage facility as you would any other company.
Get Rid of Stuff Before You Rent Space
So you need a place to store your things, but before you start investigating various options available, ask yourself the following questions:
- Ask yourself if you need all the stuff you need to store?
- If I got rid of stuff, would I miss it?
- When was the last time I used it? (if you can’t answer this, you should probably chuck it!)
- Does it have any sentimental or monetary value?
You should ask yourself these questions before you start packing.
The key to any successful move is to sort, strip-down and sell. If you can’t sell it, donate it.
What Do You Need to Store?
The next question is, what are you storing? Items such as wine, boats, and vehicles all require special storage. Or if you’re storing valuable papers, you may want to ask about climate-control facilities.
Just keep in mind that climate-control storage costs more, but will prevent temperature changes from damaging your belongings. So, determine which items will be stored, take inventory, make a list and have this information ready when you start calling companies.
How Much Storage Will You Need?
Now that you know how much and what kind of stuff you’ll have to store, you need to determine the size of storage unit you will require. The information provided below is pretty standard for most companies, although most companies can accommodate what you need by rearranging moveable walls. (Note: the measurements below are represented as L x W x H in feet)
- 5 x 5 x 10 = Small items, boxes, books, etc…
- 5 x 10 x 10 = Small 1 bedroom home
- 10 x 10 x 10 = 1 bedroom home
- 10 x 15 x 10 = 2-3 bedroom home
- 10 x 20 x 10 = 3-4 bedroom home
- 10 x 30 x 10 = 5-7 bedroom home
How to Find and Assess the Company
Do your research. Just like choosing a moving company, you want to be sure your things are in safe hands. Unlike hiring movers, storage is often needed at your destination. It can be more difficult to orchestrate. If you’ve hired a moving company, it is best to have the moving company make an additional stop at the storage facility, so you don’t have to move twice.