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Ideas For Furniture Storage

Some can be a little nervous about storing furniture in a drive up self storage unit but if you take the time to store it correctly you can ensure that your furniture stays in peak condition, but it does take a little bit of work. A storage garage to rent would be a very poor choice with loads of risk factors and one your insurance provider would not be happy with! With furniture in storage with us, we take care of security with our 24 hours 7 day a week CCTV, flood lighting and security fencing but you need to take care of the way you store furniture.

With these furniture specific storage tips, you’ll be able to protect any furniture piece at our Corby self storage facility, regardless of the nature of what you need to store — from wardrobes, garage items, extra furniture, moving boxes, tables and bookcases to display cabinets and simple shelves, storage furniture units help you store items in a tidy place of their own, whether they are priceless family heirlooms or inexpensive bed sets awaiting your child’s return home from college.

Take Care of Prize Belongings
Take Care of Prize Belongings
Storing Furniture the Right Way

Investigate your Furniture Storage Unit Options
A long term furniture storage unit can be a costly decision. Do you keep it in long term storage or do you sell the furniture and buy new when the time comes? The cost of a unit varies according to its size, but in many cases, opting to store furniture makes sense if you’re in the middle of a move or going through a transitional time.

Making sure everything is clean, dry and well protected is essential but just the beginning, here are some more top tips:

Beware Water and White Goods
When using shipping containers to store furniture, if you must store white goods, make sure any freezers are fully defrosted and washing machines are completely emptied. That’s because any water brought into the container will evaporate and take some time to escape from the unit. Unless there are specific circumstances, Our recommendation is for customers to stop water from coming into the unit from the outset. That way everything from furniture and electrical goods can be safely stored for as long as you require with zero issues. Check out our guidance on how to ensure no moisture gets into your unit and damages your goods - How to prevent condensation build-up in Self Storage Units

In our terms and conditions we list out things that cannot be stored

Clean everything thoroughly
Protection in furniture storage starts by never putting dirty items inside. Not only will offensive odours travel to nearby units, but cleaning will also significantly cut down on the chance of mould and the amount of dust in your storage space.

Gently Clean Before Storing
Gently Clean Before Storing
Some tips for cleaning furniture before you put them into self storage:
·       With wooden or plastic furniture, use a mild soap and water. For wooden pieces specifically, and especially antiques, use a wood cleaner to protect the existing finish on the wood.
·       Be sure to also clean fabric items like couches or seat cushions with fabric or upholstery cleaner. Check that everything is completely dry before you start packing it up.
·       Polish any metal sections with a polishing cloth and metal cleaner. This step will help remove any existing oxidation and delay the build-up of tarnish.

Take everything apart
Before moving your belongings from their original location to the furniture storage company, disassemble anything you can — this includes large pieces of furniture, desks, drawers, bookshelves, tables, chairs and more. This extra step will make your truck, and later when you come to store your furniture, much easier to pack. And it will also reduce the likelihood of breaking or scratching anything even in our large storage units.
Put all screws, bolts, Allen keys, and other small items in a labelled bag, which will be stored alongside the furniture piece to which it belongs.
Carefully Take Apart
Carefully Take Apart

Wrap Carefully for Long Term Furniture Storage
Make sure everything is completely covered, which includes the floor. Before putting anything inside your storage space, lay down thick plastic sheeting on the floor to prevent moisture from the floor from seeping into your furniture. 

Carefully Protect with Sheets
Carefully Protect with Sheets
Also, never put furniture into your self storage unit uncovered. Use old sheets, blankets, drop cloths or plastic wrap to cover the pieces and protect them from dust and moisture. Take care not to wrap furniture with thick plastic covers that will seal in moisture because that can create condensation and the furniture would eventually swell. Wrap furniture so that it can breathe by loosely draping the material over the furniture.

Protect glass items
Understandably, glass table tops and mirrors require some extra precautions. First, wrap the piece with packing paper. Don’t tape the paper directly to the glass, as it will leave a nasty residue for you to clean later. Afterward, either cover the glass in bubble wrap or put the entire item into a box for some extra security. Use a box that is long and wide, but relatively flat, like the shape of the glass itself.
Bubble wrap everything!
Bubble wrap everything!

Store Vertically and Off the Floor
Raise furniture off the floor in long term storage facilities. Avoid putting furniture pieces or anything that could be ruined directly on the floor. By using pallets or cinder blocks to raise the floor, you add an extra layer of protection. Even a layer of cardboard or a drop cloth is better than nothing. Finally, store your larger items (like sofas and mattresses) and delicate items (like mirrors or pictures) vertically. This not only saves space, but it can also protect more delicate items from becoming damaged.

Don’t Leave Food in Furniture Storage Units
Whether you’re storing furniture long term or for a few months, never leave anything perishable in storage facilities that may attract bugs. This advice extends to any cardboard storage boxes you use—never use anything that previously came from a grocery shop or might be soiled in any way.

Don't Store the Food as well!
Don't Store the Food as well!

Don’t cram too much inside
The best way to store furniture in a personal storage unit is by not overdoing it, particularly our small storage units. A sure-fire way to break something valuable is by shoving too much into your self storage unit. To keep your belongings safe and secure, pack furniture methodically by starting with the large pieces and working in boxes and small items in at the end.
You might want to download the handy Store Log Flog app to help you log, map and store all your valuable items to ensure you’re using your rented space as efficiently as possible
Use Storage Space Thoughtfully
Use Storage Space Thoughtfully

Make sure there is always an aisle to access the back and sides of your unit. Try to keep your storage space clean and decluttered to protect furniture and other contents. As you try to cram in more and more things, you risk knocking things over, bending pieces and causing other damage.

How much does it cost to put your furniture in storage?
The price of a secure self storage unit for your furniture is dependent on the location of the store, the size of the unit, the length of stay and the amount of insurance you’ll require. If you are renting short term to create space in your home it may be cost more than a long term rental. Similar to houses, the closer you get to the town centre, the higher the running costs which will be reflected in the price. The best way to get the most up to date and accurate price for furniture storage is to contact our Customer Service team. There almost certainly will be an introductory offer for new customers of 50% off for your first 8 weeks.
Plan Carefully what You Need
Plan Carefully what You Need

If you’re planning on staying with us for more than a year we also offer a long term storage discount . And if you work within any of the following areas you may also be entitled to our Military, NHS and Emergency Service Discounts. Do let our team know when you are speaking to them. For more tips read our article here

What furniture storage size do you need to store your furniture?
Storing furniture in the right size unit doesn’t need to be complicated or stressful. In conclusion, one of the biggest mistakes people make is either spending too much on too large storage units or not purchasing one that’s large enough.
Furniture storage units range in size from 40 to 320 square feet and are approximately 8 feet high. Picking the right size storage unit will of course depend on how much furniture you want to store.
  • For a studio flat, you will normally need a smallest unit of around 40 to 50 sq ft.
  • For storing the furniture of a 2 bedroom house, a storage unit between 70 to 80 sq ft is ideal.
  • For an average 3 bedroom house, you will normally need a furniture storage unit of around 100 sq ft.
  • Our biggest size unit is 160 sq ft (20ft x 8ft x 8ft), it will happily house up to 260 storage boxes - brilliant for small businesses in need of document storage space - or need room to store furniture and the other contents of a four-bedroom home.
Make sure you use our handy calculator to rent the self storage unit that is right for the amount of stuff you have.
Use our Space Calculator
Use our Space Calculator

Insurance as part of furniture storage costs
Please note you must be insured to stay with us so if you don’t already have an property protection policy, you can set one up with us using StoreProtect (insurance is mandatory, so you can’t store without having a policy set up).
It’s easy to do, and our new-for-old policy is specially created for short term furniture storage. It’s also fully approved by the Self Storage Association, so you can rest assured that your possessions are safe and secure with us.
As with any policy, the cost of your cover depends on the value of your things. Find out more on our StoreProtect policy page Simply select how much it would cost to replace the value of the items being stored and we’ll add the cost of this insurance cover to your bill.
Be Fully Insured
Be Fully Insured
Finally, at Corby Self Storage solutions we take security, monitored round the clock with CCTV. Top quality floodlighting and security palisade fencing, it's a high security self storage facility with the very latest, purpose built self storage in Corby or self storage near Corby. You can drive right up to your ground level storage unit for easy access 24 hour access a day, 7 days a week. Find your local store with 24/7 opening hours, 7 days a week access and lots of business storage options. If its not just furniture but also car storage you are looking for then check out our tips here.

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No matter what your reason for furniture storage, Corby Self Storage can help. If you are looking for self storage in Corby then contact our friendly team on 01536 402116 to see what we can offer or email info@corbyselfstorage.co.uk

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