Planning Tips for Storing Bulky Items

Putting large and/or awkward pieces of furniture in self storage? Furniture usually falls into one of these three categories: large, awkward or delicate. Planning ahead for self storage with these types of furniture will save some aggravation in the future.

It’s simple enough to figure out that those little things can be put in self storage by taking out drawers and breaking them down before moving. Just make sure that you tape a sandwich bag of hardware to the bottom of the piece so you don’t lose the pieces.

Tips for Storing Bulky ItemsYou can also place pieces of tape with identifying marks to help you replace the parts just as they were when you disassembled it. Your work will be much easier if you do it this way and you won’t lose the specialty screws that the builder used in 1890. Those are hard to replace.

When storing a very large and awkward piece of furniture, before you try to get it out of it’s current location, it is wise to use a tape measure to see what angle you should use to get it through the door. Some items are barely able to fit, so it may be necessary to take the doors off their hinges to give you a few extra inches. That’s very simple to do. Just find the hinges and tap out the big pin that holds the hinge together. Have someone hold the door, though, as it will fall when you take off the second hinge. This will give you an extra inch or so to maneuver through.

When moving appliances into self storage, thoroughly clean, disinfect and dry refrigerators, freezers, stoves etc. Appliances with doors can be stored with the door slightly open, and some can be stacked on top of each other.

Here are a few other important tips when storing large and/or awkward pieces of furniture in self storage.

  • Take out drawers before moving.
  • Place large pieces on a corrugated cardboard mat or plastic sheet before placing on a pallet.
  • Make sure that you tape a sandwich bag of hardware to the bottom of the piece so you don’t lose the pieces.
  • Cover all upholstery with light cotton dust covers.
  • Stack lightweight chairs “seat to seat”, but avoid stacking other types of furniture on top of each other.
  • Some items are barely able to fit, so it may be necessary to take the doors off their hinges to give you a few extra inches.
  • if space allows in your self storage unit, to leave an aisle for easy access to the items in the rear of the unit.

Before Moving your Items

Before you move these large items, do your measuring and have your friends or hired help ready to go. Those who will aid you in getting the furniture out of the house and into the moving vehicle should know that they will lift together using legs, not their backs, so no one ends up with strains or sprains. A coordinated effort is easy as long as everyone knows what to expect ahead of time.

Don’t forget to have your help ready to assist you when you get to the self storage facility to get the item off the truck and into place in your storage unit. Use a rented dolly cart when practical, these will save you a lot of backache and can be rented at a reasonable cost.