7 Tips for Effective Furniture Storage

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It can be amazing how much furniture a house requires to run. Even if you live in an apartment there’s always a bed, at least one sofa, dressers, TV stands, dining tables, chairs, elaborate globes that open up to reveal they are storing scotch – basically tons of furniture. (By the way, if anyone wants to get me one of those globes, my birthday is coming up). There is no time when this glut of big pieces of furniture is more evident than when you have to move it around. Whether you’re changing residences or remodeling. If you’ve inherited something or had a child move away from home it can be a challenge to deal with those bulky items. Self storage can be an easy and convenient solution to this problem.

Once you decide that you will go the furniture storage route, there are a few things to keep in mind when storing your furniture. We’d like to share some of these furniture storage tips with you here.

'Measuring time' photo (c) 2006, Louise Docker - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/

1. Take Measurements
The first choice you need to make when shopping for a storage unit is what size you will need. If you don’t know the dimensions of the furniture you’ll be storing, that will make it a difficult decision.  Remember to measure in all dimensions because you may, for instance, be standing a couch on its end for short term storage or stacking things on top of or under a table.  Which brings us to…

2. Get Creative
Storage units are listed by square footage, but keep in mind that an average storage unit has a height of about 9’ so you can also store UP. Large tables and desks sometimes have removable legs that will make them easier to fit into a furniture storage unit.  If you can’t take the legs off, you can stack things under or on top of tables and desks.

Also remember you can turn things on their side — though this isn’t the best way to store something like a sofa if you are going to be keeping it in storage for some time as it could cause damage.  But don’t be afraid to turn and finagle your furniture to make the most of the space in your unit.

3. Drive Up
If you have heavy furniture like an armoire or wooden bed frame, you may want to consider renting a drive-up unit. This way you won’t have to worry about maneuvering your furniture into an elevator or lift or having your friends never help you move again because they had to carry your dining table up a flight of stairs.  Better to just go with a Drive-up.  Storitz rents drive-up storage units across the country.  Search for one now.

4. Pad It Out
It’s a good idea to use padding to protect sharp corners on things like artwork and furniture. This will keep them from chipping or denting if they hit against a hard surface like the side of a moving truck, the wall of a storage unit or your foxy neighbor’s abs. 'Pillow Fight Day NYC 2010 8' photo (c) 1969, David Shankbone - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/It will also keep them from damaging you in the move.

5. Raise it Up
This is a general storage tip for anything you’re storing, but it’s always a good idea to use pallets to keep your stored items up off the ground, especially if you’ve chosen a ground level unit just in case of any flooding that may occur at the facility.  This also allows better air circulation in your unit to prevent nasty moisture accumulation.  Remember not to wrap your furniture or other stored goods in air-tight plastic as moisture can get trapped inside.

6. Use Your Space
Having a big piece of furniture like a dresser or a bureau can actually be helpful when using self storage for furniture storage because you can store smaller items inside in drawers or on shelves to maximize your space.  After all, you’re paying for all of those inches! (That’s what she said).

'No more words' photo (c) 2007, Katie Tegtmeyer - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0/7. Keep it Shut
Even if your furniture closes with a latch, it’s a good idea to wrap things like drawers or dressers in stretch wrap to keep doors from swinging open and getting damaged or damaging you. This kind of thing is available for purchase at most storage facilities or wherever you get your packing supplies. It won’t cause damage to your furniture and will make moving items with swinging, sliding parts easier for everyone.

Hopefully these tips will be helpful when you go to rent furniture storage. Have you ever used storage for furniture? How did you do it?

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