Storage Options for Furniture: How to Make the Most of Your Space in a Storage Unit

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A storage unit can be a lifesaver when you have furniture that doesn’t yet have a home but you don’t want to sell, whether that’s due to downsizing, decluttering for moving house. However, making the most of your space in a storage unit can be a challenge if you don’t know where to start.

As removalists with storage units, these are our top tips for making the most of your space in a storage unit and keeping your furniture in pristine condition.

How to Make the Most of Space in a Storage Unit When Storing Furniture

Plan Before You Store

Before you start moving furniture into the storage unit, it’s crucial to have a plan. Draw a rough sketch of the unit and consider the layout of the furniture. Remember, the goal is to maximise space while ensuring easy access to your items.

Better still, if you have the measurements of your storage unit, you can start to measure your furniture and figure out what can be placed where to make the most of the space you have. For example, the last thing you want to do is hire one size storage unit and turn up, just for it not to fit the majority of your items. So, planning is key!

What steps should I take when removing furniture from storage to ensure it’s in good condition and ready for use?

Your storage facility may even offer a removalist service. For example, our removalists at A Smooth Move can pack, transport and unload your items into a storage unit, making the most of the space, if you need.

Dismantle Furniture

If possible, dismantle large pieces of furniture such as bed frames, desks and tables. This can significantly save space and makes the items easier to transport and store.

Remember to keep all screws, bolts and other small parts in a labelled bag and attach it to the corresponding furniture piece. If you’re feeling really organised, take a photo of the furniture and any specific assembly instructions to save yourself the hassle down the track.

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Stack Strategically

Stacking furniture is an art and when done correctly, can drastically increase your storage space. Heavier items should be at the bottom, with lighter and less bulky items on top. Ensure that stacked items are stable to prevent damage.

Making use of your vertical space with smaller and lighter items to the top of your storage unit can save you so much space.

Be careful not to throw or tuck things up into corners you can’t see from the ground. The last thing you want is to forget they’re there when you unload your unit and something to go flying and break!

Use Protective Covers

To protect your furniture from dust and potential damage, try to use protective covers or moving blankets where you can. This is particularly important for upholstery and mattresses, as materials can be ripped as easily as glass is broken.

What you do want to avoid is using plastic wrap on your furniture for prolonged periods in a storage unit. Plastic can trap moisture and humidity under the wrapping, creating mould and other nasties on your furniture. So, the key to long-term furniture storage is to use breathable, protective coverings.

Fill Empty Spaces

Don’t let any space go to waste! Use the empty spaces in wardrobes, drawers and even fridges for storing smaller items. This not only saves space but also keeps your storage unit organised.

For example, if you’re storing knicks-knacks, books or kitchenware, you may be able to store the items inside cabinets, shelves and other items. Again, you want to make sure you remember these items are tucked away inside to prevent any mishaps when you’re moving.

Regular Checks

It’s a good idea to check on your storage unit regularly. This allows you to spot any potential issues such as pests or leaks early on, and ensure that your furniture remains in the best possible condition.

How often should you be checking your storage unit? For long-term furniture storage, you should pay a visit every month or so as things can change quickly, especially between seasons.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I protect my furniture from damage while it’s in storage?

Using protective covers or moving blankets is the best way to protect your furniture from dust and potential damage while it’s in storage. Remember to check on your unit regularly as this allows you to spot any potential issues early on.

Are there any climate control considerations when storing furniture, especially for delicate or sensitive pieces?

Yes, controlling the temperature and humidity levels of your storage unit is essential if you’re storing delicate or sensitive pieces. If you’re concerned about storing any antique or sensitive furniture or items, speak to your storage facility for advice.

What steps should I take when removing furniture from storage to ensure it’s in good condition and ready for use?

When removing furniture from storage, take the time to check everything is in good condition before moving it. If you dismantled any pieces, begin by reassembling them and inspect for signs of damage or wear and tear. For wooden furniture, consider polishing or waxing to give your items a new lease of life. Make sure to also check all drawers and compartments, as well as doing a final walk around of your storage unit to ensure you haven’t left anything behind. Finally, don’t forget to check for any hidden items like screws or bolts. 


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