Storage is always an issue – it seems that most people nowadays have more to store than actual free space at their houses. If you are one of them, there is an easy alternative, although it will cost you. Renting a self-storage unit is one of the best options for storing your possessions that cannot fit at your home. You could store just about anything you want – equipment, vehicles, tools, furniture, artwork, etc. The big benefit of renting a self-storage unit is the capability to keep your belongings absolutely safe – from weather conditions, pests, theft. A storage facility is usually guarded 24/7 and there are CCTV cameras, ensuring surveillance at all times. You can choose among units of different sizes.
For storing furniture you need to know a few basics before you rent the unit:
- Pick a local storage facility that you can visit easily, if you are planning to go there often. It’ll be much cheaper and it will save you time.
- Measure your furniture pieces and make sure you disassemble the large ones. Only after that, call the storage representative and discuss which size of unit will be enough for your needs.
- It’s best to hire a unit that is not too big, yet there is some empty space in it – arranging it is crucial.
- Arrange the furniture along the walls, leaving an alley in the middle. In case you want to add another piece of take one out, this space will allow you easier access without having to rearrange everything.
- Packing the furniture is essential for ensuring its safety. Use stretch wrap, boxes and packing tape and don’t forget to polish the furniture before you pack it.
- Choose a unit that is either climate-controlled or temperature-controlled. There is a difference between the two. The first one is the safest one and best for vulnerable items and artwork, while the second one is appropriate for furniture. It will keep your items safe from pests, moisture and excess heat.
- Raise the furniture, either using boards underneath or sturdy wooden boxes. The airflow under the furniture should be sufficient to reduce humidity.
- Cover each piece with a cotton cloth unless you are using stretch wrap.
- Stand the mattresses and the sofas to save space in the unit.
The things to look for in a furniture storage facility are the following:
- The doors should be wide enough to move furniture through them without damage.
- The walls between the lockers should be secure and dry.
- No leakage, water or other moisture issues.
- The unit should have a dehumidifier.
Storing furniture isn’t that hard, but it’s important to take precaution and ensure perfect packaging, especially if you are planning to store it for more than 3-4 months. Storage units are best for temporary storage, so if you are renovating your home, between houses or traveling, this is the best decision you can make.