Storing large articles of furniture can pose all sorts of challenges, including the not-so-simple question of how to make the most sensible use of your storage space. Here are four actions you can take to reduce your storage "footprint" for more efficient use of the space provided by your furniture storage facility.
1. Think Vertically
The smallest available storage unit in a typical storage facility typically measures only 5 feet by 5 feet. That may sound too tiny to be any practical use if you're moving a small apartment's worth of stuff, but don't turn your nose up at it just yet. The ceiling height of such a unit can easily extend to 10 feet, so make sure you ask for this dimension when you're comparing prices on storage units. Sufficient vertical space can turn a closet-sized area into an amazingly capable chunk of real estate. If you intend to fill this kind of space efficiently and safely, you'll want to stack heavier items toward the bottom and lighter items toward the top. Leave enough room for a stepladder or other helpful device so you can start unloading from the top of the pile without risk of injury.
2. Box It Up
Tempting as it may be throw assorted items into a storage space however they'll go, you're most likely wasting tremendous amounts of valuable furniture storage space in the process. Random placement of oddly-shaped items can make it all but impossible for you to pack your various items efficiently, leaving precious little little space for armchairs, sofas, or other furniture. You'll find your solution to this annoying problem in the humble banker box. These boxes tend to come in a limited number of uniform sizes. Buy several of the same one or two sizes, and you can easily measure out how much much total space these boxes will require in your storage unit. You can then pack them back-to-back from wall to wall, making maximum use of your storage unit. You may even decide to rest several of these boxes on top of large, flat furniture surfaces such as tables and sofa seats.
3. Return to the Fold
If you're making a major move without the aid of a professional moving company, think long and hard about which items absolutely must come along and which can be sold or donated. Even if you sell or donate such essentials as your beloved armchair, however, don't assume that you have to sit on the floor during the first days of residence in your new home. If you can swap out bulky pieces of furniture for lightweight, folding equivalents, you can ensure a reasonable degree of comfort in your new digs until you have time to invest in more permanent replacements. The folding items will not only prove easier to transport; they should also prove much easier to stack and store in your furniture storage facility, giving you that much more room for other things.
4. Mind Your Calendar
Once you've transferred your goods to a storage facility, pay close attention to the payment schedule — and adjust your move or other transition to make the most cost-effective use of that schedule. For instance, storage places typically bill in monthly increments, with the billing date based on the date you first moved your possessions into the unit. This means that if your move-out date is even one day past the normal monthly bill date, you may be liable to pay for an entire additional month of storage. Do what you can get to get those articles out of the unit before the next due date. Don't forget to contact the storage facility to let the staff know you're done with the unit so you're not accidentally billed for a month you don't need.
Storing furniture may not be anyone's idea of a good time, but with some intelligent planning and a bit of luck, you can make the process more efficient and less costly. Give these four tips a try — you'll be glad you did!