Moving is stressful.
Adding broken or damaged furniture to the mix can make an unpleasant situation downright miserable.
Putting a few things in storage is often necessary for a smooth transition. But, storing furniture or other possessions adds another layer of complexity to the moving process.
Odd shapes and delicate surfaces and materials can make trying to store furniture tough.
If you’re planning to store a few things during an upcoming move, keep reading for a closer look at 10 tips for storing furniture.
Before You Start, Go Through Your Stuff
If it’s been a while since you last moved, it’s probably a good time to go through your stuff.
Whether you’re paying someone or doing it yourself, moving isn’t cheap.
Before you box up all the old stuff you’ve got lying around or lug all your furniture out to the moving truck, go through what you’ve got. Moving presents a great opportunity to downsize and simplify your life.
Ask yourself what you really need and is it worth it to pack it away in a storage unit before moving to a new place.
With the average American home now filled with over 300,000 things, you’re bound to have a few things you can get rid of.
How Much Space Do You Really Need?
Estimating how much storage space you’ll actually need can be tough.
Your furniture and other household items are likely spread out throughout your home, not crammed into a ten by ten box.
Once you’ve downsized, carefully consider how much space you’ll actually need when storing furniture and other items. Most storage facilities follow a set of standard unit sizes like 5′ x 10′, 10′ x 10′, or 10′ x 20′.
For small amounts of stuff, a 5′ x 10′ unit might be perfect. But if you’re looking to store most of the stuff in a family home, you’ll likely need a 10′ x 20′ or larger unit.
If you’re having trouble estimating the size unit you’ll need, get in touch with the storage facility before renting for recommendations on the best unit to fit your needs.
When in Doubt, Wrap It Up
Even if you’re moving your furniture and household items to a safe, secure unit, it’s important to prepare your items beforehand.
When moving anything–big or small–accidents are bound to happen and items are almost guaranteed to experience a few bounces and bumps.
To get your furniture ready for a move, wrap it well in plastic wrap and blankets. You’ll thank yourself when you pull your items out of storage.
Check with your storage provider for supplies to help protect your furniture.
Break It Down
If you want to really maximize storage space, you have to reduce the size of your stuff as much as possible.
Thankfully, many furniture items like tables and chairs can be taken apart or folded to save space.
Rather than sticking your dining room table in storage as-is, see if you can pull the legs off and lean the table top against a wall. Then fit the legs in where you can.
By taking furniture apart when possible, you’ll not only save space but also reduce the risk of breaking or damaging the item.
Just make sure you put the screws or bolts in a safe place so you can find them when you’re ready to reassemble.
When Storing Furniture, Be Careful How You Stack
Most storage units are quite tall inside, giving renters lots of extra space to stack items when possible. But not everything is made to be stacked.
While a table or chairs may look sturdy, they’re not usually designed to support a stack of heavy boxes for months at a time.
When stacking items, be sure you know what’s underneath and if it will support the weight of boxes or other items.
Plan Out Your Space
Before storing furniture and other items, it’s important to plan out where you will put things before unloading.
Much like packing the trunk of a car before a long trip, you want to be able to get to certain things and fit everything in comfortably.
Know Your Items and Label Clearly
As you plan out how you’ll stow your items in storage, take some time to label your items and decide where they should be stored.
If you’re in the midst of a move and know that you’ll need to pull some things out sooner than others, be sure to label those items and place them toward the front of the unit so you can get to them without pulling other items out.
Plan For Extra Space
Sometimes, no matter how well you plan, there’s just not enough space.
Before you decide on a storage unit, make sure you rent one that’s a little bigger than you think you might need. Estimating the size of your stuff can be difficult.
No one wants to fill a storage unit only to find that they need just a little more space. In the long run, you may save money by not needing to rent an extra unit.
Keep Your Stuff Secure
While theft has decreased in the US in recent years, it does still happen. When choosing a storage provider, it’s important to choose a secure location and facility.
Make sure the facility is at least fenced, gated, and has surveillance measures in place. And, of course, use a high-quality lock on your unit.
Does Your Insurance Cover It?
Before you place hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars worth of your property in storage it’s important to make sure your stuff is covered in the event of an accident or natural disaster.
Many homeowners or renters insurance policies cover property in storage units, but it never hurts to check with your agent and make sure the location and amount of stuff you plan to store will be covered.
Putting It All Together
Storing furniture during a move or for other reasons doesn’t have to be complicated.
Just make sure you plan ahead and rent enough storage space for your needs. Protecting your property, both inside the unit and outside is also an important measure you’ll want to take.
For more help with picking the right storage unit for your needs, get in touch with us.