So you’ve decided to downsize your home or move into a house with someone else, but what are you going to do with that furniture that just isn’t going to fit in the new place? For many, a secure storage unit is the perfect solution to this all-too-common problem. But wait – how long can you store that stuff in a unit? Is there anything you should be thinking about prep-wise? You want to preserve your furniture for as long as possible, so we’ve compiled a list of furniture friendly self-storage reminders to get you started!

  • Before you decide on a unit and start filling it up, do some research to make sure that the one you choose is climate controlled to prevent weather damage, well secured with limited access and security measures, but also reasonable accessibility.
  • No matter the piece, start with a little TLC before you store. With fabric or leather pieces, be sure to give these a good cleaning and ensure they are completely dry before storage. Any stains or dirt will just get worse the longer they sit, and moisture can mean mould. The same goes for wood pieces – get rid of the dust.
  • If the larger pieces can be taken apart, disassemble them. This makes it easier for transport and usually means less storage space is used. Just be sure to stack them properly to avoid dents and damage. Also, keep all screws, bolts, etc. together in well-labelled containers.
  • When it comes to covering and wrapping materials, proceed with caution. In a pinch, fragile items such as mirrors, lamps, picture frames, etc. that can break easily can be wrapped in bubble wrap, but always avoid this plastic material for pieces made of wood or fabric. Plastic can result in condensation and mould, or leave pieces damaged or discoloured. Instead, try to use drop clothes or covers, even an old sheet will work – these let air circulate better.
  • Have a storage strategy – don’t just start stacking items in your unit without a plan. A blueprint for storage can not only help keep like items together (making retrieval easier), it also makes for a better use of the space and when items are not stacked too closely together, this can mean less damage to your furniture and other belongings.

Self-storage is a great way to free up extra space or house those items that you may not have room for. Just make sure that you think about what you are storing and how you should be storing it- don’t just toss it in and hope for the best.  A little extra time can save you!

For more furniture friendly storage tips please contact Personal Vault Self Storage today by calling (905) 853-9898.