Suggestions for Storage
Timber and laminate furniture. These items are the key to utilising your vertical space as the make excellent base items to stack on. If you use your vertical space, you need less floor space and will save money. Blankets, sheets, towels or button less clothing are a cost effective option to be used in between timber surfaces to protect against scratches.
Leather, vinyl and suede lounges. Extreme care should be taken when storing these items. Remember, if any item is poking or resting against these types of materials, they will leave stretch marks that won’t come out. It’s a common myth you should wrap plastic around all lounges for self storage, however if you wrap leather a store in the summer months, the heat can cause it to sweat and perish. Suede should be plastic wrapped as it marks very easily.
Mattresses. Ideally these items should be wrapped in plastic, however if you are storing for a short time (up to 3 months), it is not necessary. Mattresses should always be packed up off the ground in case of flood or even excess water draining out of your washing machine or outdoor furniture as you will read below.
Boxes are a removalist’s best friend. Boxes are the ultimate versatile item, they can be used as base items, the can be slotted into small gaps or placed on the top of your stacks (provided they aren’t too heavy). We always recommend using new, specialist furniture removals boxes like tea chest boxes and book/wine boxes.
Second hand and free supermarket boxes can compromise the safety of your goods while in self storage, especially if stored for more than 6 months. I personally have seen stacks of furniture collapse because cheap boxes have folded under pressure. This goes double for plastic creates these items were not designed for moving house and should be avoided.
Your piano, pianola or other heavy items. These items are safe to store but keep in mind, if you are storing in the summer the fluctuations in temperature can affect the tuning of your piano.
Pool tables and aquariums are just a few of the other heavy items we come across regularly, these items are safe to store but you should take extra care when handling and storing them.
Fridges, freezers and white goods. These items are fine in storage if you remember to do a few things first. Fridges and freezers need to be defrosted and dried thoroughly before storage and absolutely must be stored with the doors open to ensure mould doesn’t grow.
Hot tip: be very careful what you stack on top of a washing machine, the lids are normally brittle and can’t take much weight. Your dryer is ideal to store on top of the washing machine with a blanket in between.
Electronic Appliances. This includes televisions, hi fi equipment, computers, kitchen appliances etc. Where possible, we recommend if it fits in a box, pack it in one. If not, they can be stored without covers but if storing for more than 3 months, you should consider throwing a plastic wrap over the stacks to stop dust settling on these types of items.
Hot tip: Queen Bed plastic covers are a great cost effective option to protect against dust, just cut one open so it folds out to twice the size of a queen mattress, then throw it over your load.
Shed and outdoor items. These are fine to store safely, we recommend you drain trampolines and other items that are exposed to rain, before moving into storage. There is nothing worse than filthy black, stale water draining out of your trampoline frame and dripping all over your furniture and boxes. We also recommend you give everything a wipe down to clean off the dust, cobwebs and grease to ensure these items don’t rub off on your cleaner household items.
Hot Tip – You may have just as much dust collected on the tops of wardrobes and wall units inside as you do on your shed items.
(Borrowed with admiration from Complete Removals Blog)