Storing Your Furniture Safely

Published on 9/25/2023
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Storing furniture in a storage unit is a common practice when you need to temporarily or long-term store furniture items. Whether you're downsizing, moving, renovating, or just need extra space, here are some tips for effectively storing furniture in a unit:

1. Choose the Right Storage Unit:
   - Size: Select a storage unit size that accommodates your furniture items comfortably. Measure your furniture and plan accordingly to avoid overpacking or renting too much space.
   - Climate Control: If you're storing sensitive or valuable furniture, consider a climate-controlled unit to protect it from extreme temperatures, humidity, and moisture.

2. Prepare Furniture Items:
   - Clean: Thoroughly clean and dust off your furniture before storage to prevent dirt and stains from setting in during storage.
   - Disassemble if possible: Whenever possible, disassemble furniture items like tables, bed frames, and bookshelves to save space and make them easier to transport.

3. Use Proper Packing Materials:
   - Wrap: Use furniture blankets, bubble wrap, or plastic covers to protect furniture from dust, scratches, and potential damage during transport and storage.
   - Mattress covers: Invest in mattress covers to shield your mattresses from dust and moisture.
   - Plastic wrap: Consider using plastic wrap to secure doors and drawers on cabinets and dressers.

4. Arrange Furniture Strategically:
   - Stack items vertically to maximize space.
   - Place heavier items on the bottom and lighter items on top to prevent damage.
   - Leave walkways to access your furniture without having to move everything around.

5. Protect Furniture Legs:
   - Place furniture on wooden pallets or boards to keep it off the ground and protect it from moisture.

6. Label and Inventory:
   - Create an inventory list of the furniture items you store and label boxes or pieces for easy identification when you need to retrieve them.

7. Accessibility:
   - Store frequently used items towards the front of the unit for easy access.
   - Make sure you can access the items you may need without having to move everything around.

8. Security:
   - Use a secure lock to secure your storage unit.
   - Check with the storage facility about their security measures.

9. Insurance:
   - Consider obtaining insurance for your stored furniture in case of unforeseen events like theft, fire, or damage.

10. Regular Checkups:
    - Periodically visit your storage unit to check for any issues like pests, humidity, or damage.

11. Legal Considerations:
    - Review the terms and conditions of your storage unit rental agreement, including payment terms, access hours, and any restrictions on what can be stored.

12. Keep Records:
    - Maintain records of your rental agreement, inventory list, and insurance policies in a safe place.

By following these guidelines, you can ensure that your furniture remains in good condition while stored in a unit, making it easier to retrieve and use when needed.