3. Take everything apart.
Before moving furniture from its original location, disassemble anything you can — this includes desks, bookshelves, tables, chairs and more. This extra step will make your truck, and later your self storage unit, much easier to pack. And it will also reduce the likelihood of breaking or scratching anything.
4. Wrap furniture for long-term 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. This step is especially important if you are not in a climate-controlled space.
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.
5. Protect glass items.
Understandably, glass tabletops 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, similar to the shape of the glass itself.
6. Raise furniture off the floor.
Whenever you’re storing furniture without climate control, 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 against flooding. Even a layer of cardboard or drop cloth is better than nothing.
7. Don’t leave food behind.
Whether you’re storing furniture long-term or for a few months, never leave anything perishable in your storage facility that may attract bugs or unwanted critters. This advice extends to any cardboard storage boxes you use—never use anything that previously came from a grocery store or might be soiled in any way. While storage facilities are treated with pest control regularly, you can never be too careful.
8. Don’t cram too much inside.
The best way to store furniture in a storage unit is by not overdoing it. A surefire way to break something valuable is by shoving too much into your self-storage unit. Take a moment to organize your storage unit for easy access. Pack furniture methodically by starting with the largest pieces and working in boxes and small items at the end.
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.
Storing furniture in a storage 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 of a unit or not purchasing one that’s large enough. Make sure you pick out the appropriate size storage unit for the amount of stuff you have.