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How to Store Furniture in Self-Storage

Martha Lott

Written by Reviewed by Dave Sayce

17th Jan 2022 (Last updated on 20th Mar 2023) 5 minute read

Whether you’re moving house, decorating or decluttering, self-storage can provide a safe and secure space to protect your furniture, if you store it correctly. If you’re looking for short-term storage solutions, a lock up to rent or smaller unit could be ideal. However, if you’re looking for long-term storage or a larger space, you may need to do more research.

If you’re looking to store furniture for any length of time, there are a few points to consider to ensure your items remain in good condition. Don’t forget to make an inventory before choosing a self-storage unit as you may discover some things could actually be sold or donated rather than stored away.

  1. How to Pack Furniture for Storage
  2. Why Should You Use Self-Storage?
  3. How Much Does it Cost to Store Furniture?
  4. Do You Need Climate-Controlled Storage for Furniture?
  5. How to Transport Furniture into Self-Storage

How to Pack Furniture for Storage

It's essential you pack your furniture correctly before storing them. This will ensure they stay in good condition and are not damaged whilst in the unit.

1. Research self-storage near you

First, decide the size and type of storage unit you require. Storing furniture in a garage, loft or basement could be ideal for short periods of time. But for long-term, specialised or business storage, you may need to compare storage quotes in your local area.

2. Clean

Odours can travel to nearby units and furniture, so it’s important to clean and dust the items that you are planning to store. This will also reduce the risk of damp or mould appearing.

Here are some quick tips for cleaning furniture before putting it into storage:

  • Polish metal pieces to remove existing oxidation and delay the build-up of tarnish.
  • Wipe down wooden surfaces to remove dust and check for scuffs and scratches.
  • Move large furniture so you can clean behind them.
  • Thoroughly vacuum items.
  • Use a steam cleaner to revitalise carpets.
  • Use fabric or upholstery cleaner when cleaning fabric furniture such as sofas.

3. Arrange transport

Some storage companies will have an optional delivery service to safely transport your furniture. If this isn't possible, you can hire a van or compare removal quotes.

4. Disassemble

To make large furniture easier to handle, you will need to dismantle them. This will ensure a more efficient process as well as provide you with more space.

Don’t forget to lay plastic sheets on the floor when moving your furniture to protect the flooring in your old and new property.

5. Wrap and cover

Smaller items such as photo frames and mugs can be covered in bubble wrap and stored in cardboard boxes. Larger items such as mattresses and sofas will require specialist materials. You can also use dust sheets and plastic wrap to protect your furniture from the elements.

6. Don’t overpack

Do not cram too much into the self-storage unit. Pack your furniture methodically and leave the items you use the most near the entrance. Always leave a central aisle in the middle of the unit to make your items more accessible.

7. Stack efficiently

Think about how you can maximise space. Store large items such as sofas vertically with heavier furniture at the edge of the unit. Paintings and mirrors should also be stored vertically to reduce the risk of damage.

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Why Should You Use Self-Storage?

Self-storage facilities are safe, clean and easily accessible making them ideal and cost-effective solutions. It is a very versatile solution with a variety of unit sizes, facilities and security systems.

1. Flexibility

You can store furniture in long or short term storage units, dependent on your needs. You won’t be tied down by any leases and can easily alter your requirements. This is especially important if you need self-storage for moving house as not only will it free up space while you pack, but the amount of time you need to rent the unit can be flexible.

2. State of the art security systems

Most companies will have constant CCTV active as well as intruder and fire alarms. Depending on the size of the facility, there will likely be the correct number of personnel patrolling the units to monitor the building. You will also have peace of mind knowing that you’re the only keyholder for your unit.

3. Frees up space

Store the items that are taking up valuable space in your home or office or the ones that may not be used often.

Self-storage is an excuse to clean and declutter your home, allowing you to categorise your furniture before storing it. You may even find a few items that you’d rather sell than store.

4. Easily accessible

You will have the choice between an indoor or outdoor unit. Both will be highly accessible as most self-storage facilities are located in commercial areas or on main roads. However, outdoor units also provide the benefit of being able to drive up to the entrance.

5. Cost-effective

Whether you're a homeowner or a growing business, it's a much more cost-effective solution compared to upsizing or purchasing additional space. You can save on rent if you choose self-storage over warehouse space and you won't be tied into any contracts.

How Much Does it Cost to Store Furniture?

The cost of self-storage will mainly depend on the type and size of the unit. You will usually be expected to pay for your storage through a monthly rent, excluding any additional add-ons such as packing materials or item delivery.

It’s important to note that larger storage facilities tend to be more cost-effective. If you have a high volume of items to store, don’t be put off by the price. It will likely work out cheaper, especially if you intend on adding more items in the future

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Costs presented above from the SSAUK Industry Report 2021

Do You Need Climate-Controlled Storage for Furniture?

Climate-controlled storage units are designed to maintain an optimum climate and temperature to ensure your furniture isn’t damaged. Items that require this specialist storage include:

  • Wicker and upholstery items
  • Leather furniture
  • Mattresses and bedding
  • Antiques and artwork

To learn more, read 20 items that need climate-controlled storage.

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How to Transport Furniture into Self-Storage

Most experienced removal and storage companies will have the necessary knowledge and equipment required to move a variety of large and awkward items. They will ensure the process is safer and more efficient.

Many removal services will actually offer packing services along with the move, so you’ll have peace of mind knowing your furniture is professionally wrapped before going into storage.

Every partner that enters the Compare My Move network must go through our stringent verification process to ensure they can work to our high standards. They will be fully insured to protect both you and your furniture, with the vital experience required to transport difficult items.

Martha Lott

Written by Martha Lott

Having guest authored for many property websites, Martha now researches and writes articles for everything moving house related, from remortgages to conveyancing costs.

Dave Sayce

Reviewed by Dave Sayce

Owner & Managing Director, Compare My Move

Dave Sayce is the owner and managing director of Compare My Move and has over 10 years of experience in the house removals industry.