Storing Items Properly When You Rent a Storage Unit
If you’re moving, it can be tough and mentally draining. To assist in reducing the headache, many people moving across country decide to rent a storage unit to keep all of their belongings in. Additionally, this seems to be very common for people remodeling their home. The quick tips outlined below will help readers who don’t have experience-using self-storage.
Storing Beds and Couches Properly
Furniture coverings are very important when storing inside of a self storage facility. Furniture coverings protect from dust and mildew. Typically, larger furniture covers or bags can be purchased at your local self storage company. Another thing you want to watch out for when storing your furniture is the item positioning. You don’t want to store things too close to one another. It’s important to note that storing things on top of one another, over time, can cause color transference.
What Do You Do with Tables, Dressers and Chairs?
If chairs or tables aren’t easily disassembled, place a moving blanket on the floor and store your tables or chairs upside down with the legs facing up. If your chairs and tables do happen to disassemble, you should wrap each piece in plastic or bubble wrap, this prevents damage. When moving dressers into a storage unit, you can use drawers for some of your fragile items. However, we only suggest putting fragile items into your dresser drawers if you can wrap or lock your dresser drawers closed.
Make sure you use lots of bubble wrap and plastic wrap to secure the corners of every piece of furniture. Using cotton and canvas tarps help to avoid dust on the furniture. It’s important to note that using cotton or canvas coverings also help with airflow and keep saturation/condensation out of your items. Using pallets in the unit to raise the furniture off the ground is also a great idea especially in external storage types. This helps you avoid moisture and mildew too. However, a tarp on the ground will also help you avoid moisture as well.
More About General Storage, Lamps, T.V.’s and Other Items
It’s very important to be careful with large screen TV’s and computer towers and monitors. Temperature controlled storage units are typically the best option to protect items like electronics. Extreme temperature fluctuations can cause major issues with electronics and render them useless.
When packing up lamps, wrap them in bubble wrap or in blankets to assure their safekeeping. Place the lamp covers in bubble wrap or cotton and then put them in boxes for the best keeping practice.
Planning your move or storage event is very important when you rent a storage unit. Researching how much space you’ll actually need is very important. Renting more space then you need. This can lead to wasted dollars. There are storage calculators (here) that can guide you in the decision making process of picking which sized unit you’ll need.
If you’re looking into moving or storing at a self storage company, there are three suggestions we have for you:
- Do you research on the size you’ll need, you can always upgrade later.
- Research the facility and check out their reviews.
- Pack smart, don’t just lackadaisically throw stuff in your unit.