Dos and don’ts of storing furniture

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Our homes are filled with furniture, some handed down over decades and others a trendy, modern piece straight out of the box. Whatever furniture you’ve collected over the years, we all find ourselves scratching our heads on move day with the same question; “How on earth am I going to get this into storage?!” Although it might seem like you need to have expert level Tetris skills and an oversized storage unit to fit all your furniture in, it's super simple if you know what to do and what not to! Here are a few dos and don’ts of storing furniture so you can store all your bulky bean bags and oversized couches hassle-free.


Do book a reliable removals van  

Before you can even think about moving your furniture into a self storage unit, you first need to book a reliable removals van in your area to help you with the heavy lifting. Furniture can be extremely heavy and dangerous to move if you’re doing it solo, taking hours longer than needed and maybe even losing a leg in the process (of the table, of course). To ensure your furniture gets to your storage unit in one piece, find a removals company to move your items on the day.  

Do disassemble large furniture  

Larger items can be very difficult to store and take up more space than needed. To make sure you’re making the most out of your unit and so that you can easily access items without standing on your suede armchair, disassemble all awkwardly shaped and large items (think about the legs of a large table for example, where possible). Make sure that you store the pieces safely in a box with all the necessary screws and bolts so it can be reassembled easily after storage.  

Do protect your items with quality covers 

Delicate and soft furniture such as mattresses, couches and glass tables need a little bit of extra care and protection before storage. Buying quality packaging materials and covers for these items will ensure they don’t get damaged in transit and are completely spotless even after months in a storage unit.  

Don’t cram too much in  

Although you might be tempted to squeeze a few more items in, if your unit is at maximum capacity, you might want to rethink your size. Cramming too much could scratch or damage valuable items and make it impossible to move around the unit or easily access items when you need them. When organising your unit, only stack light items on top of heavier ones and remember to leave some room for ease of access.  

Don’t rent the wrong size  

As we mentioned in the point above, renting a unit that is too small can damage your prized vintage collection or modern furniture. However, renting a unit that is too big is also a waste of money. Before deciding on your unit size, speak to a member of staff and find out exactly how much space you need for your items before moving in. This will save you money, time and ensure your possessions have enough room. The good news is that our team of experts will help you to make sure you only take the space you need! 

At Len’s Self Storage, we offer affordable storage solutions for all your household and business needs. With secure storage facilities in Edinburgh and Glasgow, you can safely store all of your valuable items nearby and easily access them 7-days a week. If you’re not sure what size you need, give us a call and we’ll help you find the right size for your needs. You can also use our handy online size guide to get a better idea.  

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