The defining characteristic of a self-storage unit is space, which you can use to store the overflow of possessions and other items that don’t fit in your basement or attic, or to store certain items while you move. In either case, a self-storage unit provides you with the extra room you need to simplify your life or your move. You can’t just throw everything into a truck then shove it all into a storage unit willy-nilly, however. Depending on what you are packing and what you are storing, certain measures need to be taken.
Furniture can be very difficult to pack, move, and store, mainly due to its size, but also because dealing with furniture is more complicated than people think. The initial idea to put your couch into storage seems simple, but then you start thinking about it and looking into it a little more and you realize that, if you want to the furniture you are storing to stay in good condition, you have to follow some guidelines. If you’re planning on packing or storing furniture, these tips can help.
- If the piece of furniture can be taken apart, do it, but make sure all necessary pieces stay together. Put all screws and other hardware in a clear Ziploc bag and tape it to the inside of a drawer or another part of the furniture that you don’t mind being potentially damaged or stained by the tape.
- Make sure all furniture is cleaned and thoroughly dried before you even think about taking it anywhere. This is especially important for upholstered chairs and sofas.
- Remove all dresser and/or cabinet drawers before moving the furniture.
- Use cardboard corners or bubble wrap to protect the corners of furniture, including mirrors, framed artwork, tables, and dressers.
- Cover the furniture with a soft blanket during the move, especially if boxes or other items will be stacked on top.
- Cover furniture with cotton, linen, or another breathable fabric to protect it from dust while avoiding trapping any moisture, which can cause mold and mildew.
- Raise the floor of the storage unit with pallets or boards to avoid direct contact between furniture and floor. This will also help protect the furniture on the off chance of a flood.
The first step is finding a self-storage facility that suits your needs. At STORBOX, we offer a variety of self-storage unit sizes in Pasadena, from a regular closet space to the size of a two-car garage. If you have furniture to store, we can help you choose the unit that is right for you. For more information, contact us today at (626) 793-9888.