Furniture Storage

Furniture – you can’t live it and you can’t live without it. It’s obvious when you can’t live without it—where you are going to sleep tonight, on the floor? Also it sucks when you have to sit on a spare tire in the middle of the living room to eat your dinner. But when can you not live with it? When you’re stuck with a vinyl-covered, lime-green love seat and you don’t have $300 to buy a new one.

For those who find themselves in life’s situations when you need to clear out your house of all your expensive bedroom sets, self-storage units offer the solution you need. Self Storage Finders has a searchable online database that provides information on places all over the country to your storage your furniture. Storage space comes in all shapes and sizes, as well as climate-controlled (i.e., air-conditioned) units, to protect your leather-covered recliner from the elements.

There is 2.5 billion square feet of rentable self-storage space in America. That means it’s easy to find a storage unit perfect for your needs, and in a location convenient to you.

WHO NEEDS THIS TYPE OF STORAGE?

If you have to ask this question, maybe you would be better off just using cardboard boxes and towels on the floor as your furniture. But since you are asking, here’s who needs this type of storage:
  • People who own furniture.
  • Furniture owners who don’t live in a 20,000-square-foot mansion.
  • People who are in the process of moving to a new house and need a place to keep their furniture while the new house is not yet available.
  • Homeowners who are having their homes remodeled, or having rooms repainted and need to protect their furniture by getting it away from the workers.
  • Homeowners renting out their homes on AirBnb and need to protect their own furniture from the tenants and have put in lower quality furniture that can be dinged up.

WHO DOESN’T NEED THIS TYPE OF STORAGE?

Just to make it absolutely clear, people who do not need this type of storage include:
  • Anyone who lives out of their car year-round
  • Anyone who lives in a tent
  • Homeless people
  • People who need furniture in their apartment or dwelling so they can have a place to sit, sleep, watch TV and eat dinner.

COMMON QUESTIONS ABOUT STORING A FURNITURE

What documentation is required?

Bring your government-issued ID, such as a state-issued driver’s license or your U.S. passport. You should also bring a credit card or enough cash to pay the initial deposit. You can also bring your utility bills to prove you live at your mailing address, although that’s not necessary. You can also bring a Starbucks gift card, but that won’t you get a discount at any self-storage facilities and will earn you a strange look from the facility manager.

If you have reserved your unit through our website, print out the confirmation page and bring it with you.

Finally, if you have any type of insurance covering damage to your furniture, bring a copy of the policy.

What are the chances of being locked out of my storage unit?

Only if you forget your key, show up at the wrong storage facility or it’s the middle of the night.

What happens if you pay your rent late?

At most self-storage facilities, your rent is considered late between five and 30 days after the first of the month. Once you default on your rent, the storage facility manager will lock you out of your storage unit, call you and send you a letter. If you pay up, you’ll get your unit back.

If you don’t pay up, you can kiss your waterbed, Mission-style sideboard, oak rolltop desk, memory-foam mattress and Federal-style mahogany arm chairs goodbye because the storage facility can, by law, auction off your stored items. If you’re lucky, you might see your stuff on an episode of Storage Wars.

HOW TO PREPARE YOUR FURNITURE FOR STORAGE

  • Clean all surfaces, especially leather, glass and wood, with the appropriate cleaning materials. Let the furniture dry in a cool, dry area before packing it up.
  • Disassemble anything and everything that can be taken apart—both for the purpose of helping you load it into a vehicle and for making the most use of your space inside the storage unit. Dig through your files for any IKEA assembling instructions, because you’ll need those when you re-assemble your pieces.
  • Invest in sturdy, sealable coverage materials that will protect your items from dirt, dust and other particulate that can damage the texture and color of your furniture.
  • Use plenty of bubble wrap to protect the items from banging into each other and damaging wood or breaking glass.
  • Take detailed measurements of each piece, and produce a general estimate of how much space you will need so you can purchase the correct size of storage unit. You want to make sure everything will fit.