Monthly Archives: May 2017


Collecting on a Good Deal with Vancouver Storage Units

Vancouver is known by many to be a city of eclectic taste and interests, and with a population of 170 thousand people, that usually makes sense. The city itself is reflective of the diversity of its residents too, which is represented in the artwork, architecture, and even the most popular types of restaurants. Regardless the style, there are always people eager to store their interests and unique tastes in their storage units, and Iron Gate Storage is here to assist them.

Our premium Vancouver storage units near you are popular hubs for the wide array of interests in which Vancouver residents engage. Read on to discover the most common types of collections residents will keep in our facility to see how storage may also be a good idea for you!

Wine Collections

There are avid wine collectors throughout Vancouver. The city’s history is steeped in wine, and avid wine enthusiasts today continue to carry on that tradition. Wine collectors all around Vancouver love to collect different types of wine at different ages, as these become just as much trophies as they are delicious drinks. In order to preserve a good wine collection, the wine should be kept in a generally dark, warm place so the bottles remain intact and the wine can ferment. This is why so many Vancouver wine collectors turn to our storage units. Our units are temperature-controlled as they provide this dark environment and offer an added layer of protection so the glass bottles don’t break.

Comic Book Collections

In the Vancouver-Portland area, there are several comic cons that a person can attend to express their interest in sci-fi, fantasy, anime, and the unknown. Comic books are an obsession for many of the people who attend these conventions, and the value of their comics only increases with time. Vancouver residents with large comic book collections commonly come to us to store their collections because of how fragile comic books are and how susceptible they are to damage. There is no threat of damage to these books when they are kept in a Vancouver storage unit, and a lot of space is saved in the home.


Car collections of all types become a pastime of many Vancouver citizens. Anything from car models to toy cars to actual automobiles can be kept in a unit. Car collectors choose to do this because it reduced clutter in the home, provides a safe place for their vehicles when they are not on display, and keeps them in pristine condition. Car collections are among some of the most popular types of collection storage, and there are limitless possibilities about how to use them for these items and more.

Collect Your Vancouver Storage Unit

Storage units are the best way to secure your collections and keep them safe. If you have any collections of items we mentioned or any other type of collection (clothes, coins, movies, books, etc.), make sure to collect on a good deal and rent one of our storage units today.

Iron Gate Storage
1200 West Fourth Plain
Vancouver, WA 98660
(360) 419-4200

Vancouver Storage Units for Our Seniors

There are many seniors citizens in Vancouver. Vancouver is a great place to retire as the weather is mild through most of the year, and many families who have established themselves in the area have family members that reach senior ages after living a long life in the city. With such a full life of experiences and memories, it should be no surprise that the elderly population accumulates so many items from heirlooms and photos to clothing and furniture over the years.

Iron Gate Storage is here to assist the elderly population and their families with storage units for their belongings. If one of our honored seniors ever falls ill or needs assisted living, consider storing the following items to make their transition a little easier.

Hobbies and Pastimes

Many times elderly people accumulate many games, including several packs of cards, cribbage boards, jigsaw puzzles, among other things. Elderly family members who fall ill or need to be put on hospice care generally leave their items behind, including many of these games. Those who move into an assisted living or care center usually encounter the same thing, as their living space becomes substantially smaller. With recreational and pastime activities being left behind, these make great storage items to place in a Vancouver storage unit until they are needed again.


The elderly may get to a point where they have accumulated a few vehicles, but as time draws on, they either only need one or none if they receive home health services or are in a nursing home. Those families who have extra vehicles like to turn to our storage units to keep their automobiles while they are not being used. They like the ease of access our storage affords them while not needing to worry about the integrity of their car.


One of the coolest collections elderly people garner is that of books. These books serve as symbols of years of knowledge, and they become very valuable over time. Elderly seniors with large book collections may consider storing their books in a storage unit as it can protect the integrity of these precious items. Books kept in storage are less likely to be damaged by the weather or be exposed to water or other moisture that could ruin the pages. For optimal book storage, consider smaller boxes and only place a few books in each book at a time. This keeps boxes light enough to be stacked and keeps them from crushing the boxes on the bottom.

Storing More

Whether a senior family member is sick or moving into a nursing home, you always have a place to keep their possessions safe and to reduce space. Whether you are storing books and games or need a place to put a little extra furniture during a move, remember to contact us to help. Call our self-storage facility today to reserve a unit.

Iron Gate Storage
12420 SE 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 882-9100

Common Items Vancouver Residents Store When Moving

Unknown to many, there is an actually a fairly large population of Marshallese who live in Vancouver. In fact, people with Marshall Island heritage currently living in Vancouver comprise the highest demographic of non-white people within the population. Iron Gate Storage is here to support anyone moving to Vancouver. We provide the community with optimal storage units in Vancouver to keep their personal effects. Everyone moving to the area generally has different things to store, but check out the following common items you would find in a storage unit of a person who is moving the great city.


Anyone moving to Vancouver generally ends up with extra luggage that they need to store. Whether luggage is used to store clothing or books, once a family is settled into their new Vancouver home, luggage is large and bulky and it takes up a lot of room. There are not great spaces within a home or apartment that don’t take up a lot of closet space or room in the garage. Those who have recently moved to the area consider our Vancouver storage units because they know their luggage and other spare items can be stored carefully and remain well-protected (which is important for luggage, as it isn’t cheap to replace if it has been damaged).

Items of Personal Heritage

Families moving to Vancouver, Marshallese or otherwise, always bring items of personal significance with them. These historical items of heritage whether heirlooms or antiques, represent the traditions and customs of the past and are usually of great value. As important as these items are, you may be wondering why anyone would store them in a storage unit. There are actually two reasons why people moving to Vancouver would consider this option: 1) to save space and 2) to maintain the items’ integrity. Heirlooms can sometimes take up a lot of room in a new space, especially apartments that don’t allow for a lot of extra space. The items, despite their sentimental and actual value, are also not necessary to have around all the time. Our self-storage units in Vancouver also help to protect these precious items. You don’t have to worry about water damage, weathering, or children when they are kept in a storage unit. There is also increased security on our site that homes generally don’t maintain, decreasing the potential for theft or vandalism.


It isn’t uncommon that a family moving into the city will have furniture that they are unable to keep in an apartment. Many people who move to Vancouver for work or other jobs will end up in a smaller living space than they came from. During the temporary interim between moving and finding a house or bigger place to live, furniture that doesn’t fit can conveniently be kept in a storage unit. Consider keeping desks, dressers, or chairs in your unit. Washing machines and dryers also store nicely until you move into a place that has hookups.

Vancouver Storage

There are several things you can keep in your storage unit if you are moving to Vancouver. Call us today and reserve a unit to make your move easier.

Iron Gate Storage
12406 SE 5th Street
Vancouver, WA 98683
(360) 799-5100

Retiring in Style with Vancouver Self-Storage

Little do many people know, but Vancouver is somewhat of a hub for enjoyable senior communities. Despite how far north in the States Vancouver is located, it is a place where many retirees consider living out the rest of their days. They like it because of the mild weather and several amenities afforded to the elderly population.

Iron Gate Storage assists the senior and retired population of Vancouver by providing high-quality self-storage units for all of their belongings. Along with retirement comes a number of other life changes, and storing your possessions can become a hassle during these times unless you have some help. Consider what other retirees in Vancouver are storing in their units and why should get one too!

Children’s Belongings

For whatever reason, retired parents still commonly have items that belong to their children. These can be anything from old school projects to clothing and furniture, but one thing is always the same: they take up a lot of space, especially when a retired couple is moving. Many retirees in Vancouver use our storage units to keep their children’s belongings safe for them, eliminating clutter throughout the house and ensuring these possessions are in a secure place. If you are keeping different belongings for your children, consider keeping them in a storage unit instead. It relieves you of the responsibility of looking after the items and gives your children the chance to access their possessions when they are able to take them.

Belongings of a Loved One Passed

Many times, a retired individual may be passing into this stage of life without their significant other by their side. Many Vancouver residents who are widowed continue to keep their loved one’s items for sentimentality and remembrance, whether this is clothes or old possessions he/she used to own. These valuable items are protected when they are placed in a unit, and anything from jewelry to clothing of a passed significant other can be preserved for a later time.

Scrapbooks and Photos

After years of working and living together, retiring couples usually accumulate thousands of photos of their children, family vacations, and other life changes such as first days of school and graduation. Retired individuals in Vancouver turn to our storage units to keep their scrapbook and photos protected and preserved. There are a few reasons for this. The first is because they know the risk of weather and water damage is very minimal. Those who rent an indoor unit with climate control, for example, don’t have to worry about humidity affecting their photos, while those who rent outdoor units still needn’t worry about water damage, as is common in Vancouver. Another reason they like this option is because self-storage helps retired couples live more minimalistically and simply. With select photo albums, they declutter their space and have more room for other possessions.

Retire from Your Job, Not from Life

We make your life easier with our storage units in Vancouver. If you are retiring from a job or simply moving to Vancouver to spend the rest of your days, you can rest assured that your belongings are safe with us. You deserve the best after working so long throughout your life, which is why we provide you with the best units. Contact us today to secure your unit and begin enjoying your retirement!

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779

The Newlywed Vancouver Storage Problem

A newlywed couple is a symbol of new beginnings, life, and a fresh start. No one can seem to help it when they gaze upon a beautiful bride in her wedding dress than to admire the adventure of life and love upon which she is about to embark… that is until you see where they are going to live! Most newlyweds who take this great step in their lives find themselves in small and cramped apartments, and it isn’t unusual to hear that a newlywed couple started out in a flat no larger than 500 sq ft.! Despite how glorious or beautiful their union may be, that is definitely a cramped space!

Iron Gate Storage Vancouver storage units are aware of this newlywed problem and are here to help. With so little space and so many possessions going into a new marriage, there simply isn’t enough space to keep it all. This is why we provide newlywed couples with an affordable space for their belongings as they move up in the world and begin to upgrade their space. If you are a newlywed couple in the area, consider how our self-storage units in Vancouver may be able to help you.

1. Wedding Presents

Family and friends are very giving at weddings. The stacks of gifts and presents to begin their life together really helps the bride and groom financially, and these presents can serve a very useful, practical, or sometimes just beautiful purpose. The problem with this, however, is that wedding presents take up a lot of space in a small apartment really quickly, compounded by another problem that some wedding presents are meant for after the couple has been together for a while, such as when kids come along. With so many gifts and not enough space for them, newlywed couples commonly turn to our storage units for help. They know they have a place where they can keep their belongings until they find a larger space or are able to use them.

2. Furniture

Some of the most common items that newlywed couples keep in a storage unit is furniture. It doesn’t seem like a newlywed couple, especially a couple right out of college may have that much furniture, but it in fact can be a lot. From bookshelves and desks to beds and dresser drawers, when two people consolidate their living space, these items take up a lot of room. Even a smaller sized unit can help to alleviate some of the space issues new couple face with furniture.

3. Extra Vehicles

What’s even harder than the lack of space inside a home is the lack of space outside. It is common that complexes or landlords only require one or at most two vehicles that can be parked in a lot. Extra vehicles may end up being a burden for newlyweds, but they don’t necessarily need to sell their vehicle just because there isn’t space for it. Our Vancouver storage facility also offers covered parking for extra vehicles in addition to storage unit spaces. If you are having trouble knowing what to do with your vehicles, consider renting a special unit just for them.

The Newlywed Storage Experience

Newlyweds and anyone else going through a significant life change will appreciate our Vancouver storage units. Call us today and inquire about our special move-in rates to get you started on your journey through life with one another.

Iron Gate Storage
802 NE 112th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98684
(360) 799-5090

Types of Tech in Vancouver Storage Units

We live in a digital age, and Vancouver residents are no exception to this. It is highly uncommon that families and individuals as young as five years old are found without cell phones nowadays. Whether you believe this is a good thing or a bad thing, Iron Gate Storage is here to provide the city with superior storage units in Vancouver to make sure they have a space to keep their electronics and other types of digital media.

Why Store Technological Devices

It may seem weird that we suggest keeping your technology in a storage unit, especially when you intend on using your electronic devices as frequently as you do. What we are suggesting, however, is not putting your iPhone in a box and haul it into a unit. Technology storage is highly useful for people who are moving, experiencing newlywed life, are expecting a baby, or who are going through a hard time such as a divorce, loss of a job, or the loss of a loved one. During these times in life, our Vancouver self-storage units come in very helpful. We can help you if you are experiencing a significant life change by offering storage for your technological devices.


Televisions can take up a lot of space, especially if you are moving. It is common that Vancouver residents will store their televisions in our units during a move because they know that the television won’t get broken, stolen, or ruined by outside elements. It is also common to see older, analog televisions, ones that used to stick out 5 feet from the wall, in our storage units. Many elderly loved ones who pass away leave their belongings behind for families to take care of, which is why it can be beneficial for those who are helping after the death of a family member to have a place to keep their belongings until other affairs are set in order.

Stereo Systems

Stereo systems are great additions to storage units. Many people who are expecting a new addition to the family, for example, are interested in baby-proofing their homes, which means that big speakers and sound systems are usually the first things that need to be packed away. Stereos are common items to see packed away in a storage unit because it allows parents to access them again once their children are a little older and loud music is less detrimental to their sensitive ears.

Old Technology

There is something nostalgic about old technology, especially if the old technology still works. The only problem is that older pieces of technology take up much more space than our iHomes, smartphones, or Kindles. People generally store some of the following older technological items in their storage units when they are newly married or going through a separation because they know the value and integrity of these items will be kept intact:

  • Record players
  • Cassette players,
  • CD players
  • Boom boxes
  • Typewriters
  • Rotary telephones
  • Flip phones
  • VCRs
  • Books

You may not agree the last one is technology as we have come to know it today, but they regardless make great items to store in your unit.

Getting Vancouver Storage Units Today

Don’t be a luddite! Think about all the reasons why technology storage in Vancouver is right for you! Call us today and secure your own self-storage unit.

Iron Gate Storage
7920 NE 117th Ave.
Vancouver, WA 98662
(360) 799-5082

For the Aspiring Artist: Vancouver Storage Units

The arts and humanities play a big part in the community of Vancouver. With several museums, art classes, and theater companies throughout the city, the vibrant culture of art, music, and architecture comes to life for the city’s residents. Several artists, musicians, photographers, and others immersed in the humanities are always busy in Vancouver, which comes with no shortage of belongings specific to their passions.

At Iron Gate Store, we support all of our artists and humanities-lovers with premium storage units. We know that anything from art projects to instruments takes up a lot of space, but we make keeping your love of art and music easy by providing safe and accessible storage when you need it.

Paintings and Other Art Supplies

For Vancouver artists, trying to find a space to store their canvas creations can be difficult. Most painters dream of having their own art studio, but when this isn’t possible at the current time, that still means needing to find a place to keep their supplies or beautiful creations. Many Vancouver residents keep their art creations and other supplies in our units until they are able to use them for another project. This includes pottery tools, pallets, brushes, and the art projects themselves, such as pottery, paintings, or sculptures.

Photos and Photography Supplies

Many aspiring photographers that freelance for weddings or senior pictures quickly discover that their home or apartments are not large enough to accommodate all of their photography supplies. And if the space is in fact large enough, their equipment risks damage from children or general wear and tear from being in a livable space. From boxed studio lights and extra lenses to tripods and bags, photographers know they have a safe place to keep their supplies in our storage units. Many other residents, regardless their proclivity towards or aptitude for photography, will also store photographs in their Vancouver self-storage. This protects them from the risk of water damage and can help with decluttering home closets.

Musical Instruments

Vancouver residents also keep their musical instruments in our storage between gigs. This keeps garages and basements free from equipment and allows the musicians easy access to their belongings. In addition to drums, guitars, and bases, Vancouver bands also keep their subwoofers, amplifiers, and other instruments in their units. The security on our premises offers more protection for valuable musical items than simply a garage or the trunk of a buddy’s car.

Storage for all Vancouver Artists

It can be hard becoming a burgeoning musician or artist. It can sometimes mean unemployment or constant relocating, but these don’t have to be unnecessarily stressful life occurrences. For anyone in Vancouver going through a significant life change, in addition to art, photos, and musical instruments, make your transition easier by considering your furniture, extra clothes and books, and even cars in our units as well. We will support you while you get your dreams to take off. Contact us to reserve your Vancouver storage unit today!

Iron Gate Storage
2410 E 5th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 362-8080

You and Ubiquity: Storing in Vancouver Storage Units

Vancouver is a diverse city. With a population of over 150 thousand people, the city is unique in its mix of ethnic backgrounds and blend of different cultures. Despite the different types of people you find in Vancouver, when it comes to storage, most people have very similar needs. Our Vancouver storage units are filled with many different individuals belongings, but the items you generally find in a storage unit are fairly ubiquitous. If you are in need of a storage unit in Vancouver, be sure to consider these common items you can store with us in addition to any other type of personal belongings.


Furniture is a common thing many people keep in their storage unit, and there are a few reasons for this. The first reason is that many times, there are articles of furniture that simply don’t fit in a living space comfortably. Generally, people who find themselves in this position don’t want to donate their furniture to Goodwill, however, because they anticipate living in larger space later down the road. Another reason for this is that furniture is sometimes very costly or valuable. Leather couches or love seats and antique wood pieces are among these. Keeping these valuable items in a home exposes them to damage or even theft which simply doesn’t happen in a storage center. So whether it is for security or a lack of space, furniture always makes its way into our storage units.

Exercise Equipment

A lot of Vancouver locals also keep their exercise equipment in a storage unit. Exercise equipment, like furniture, can take up a lot of space, which can be difficult when you downgrade your space or live in an apartment. The other reason exercise equipment, such as weights, home gyms, or treadmills, end up in storage is because of injury or illness. Vancouver residents who fall ill have a hard time working out like they used to, and that room can be converted into more livable space if the equipment is removed. Getting rid of exercise equipment is an expensive choice, and selling it gives you much less than you pay for it, so many people turn to our self-storage to get a better deal and save their exercise equipment for when they are able to use them more at a later time.

Cherished Memories

Vancouver families, though varied and different, all hold sentimentality toward special items. Our storage units are great for keeping cherished memories safe, from knick knacks to photos to antique jewelry. The reason many people keep these in storage units instead of at home is out of practicality and security. A lot of  cherished memories, if not kept in storage unit, clutter up closets and basements, risking the integrity of these mementos. Our storage facility also offers top-notch practices in security with 24-hour video monitoring and a gated, keypad-access only premises. Storing your cherished memories keeps them cherished and protected.

Get Iron Gate Storage Today

If you have any of these common items or other belongings you would like to store, contact us today. We will accommodate anything you need within our guidelines to make sure you go away feeling happy.

Iron Gate Storage
2225 E. 5th St.
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 899-0030

Recreational Storage with Beaverton Storage Units

There are a lot of things to do in Beaverton, Oregon. The city caters to the many different people that comprise its population of 95 thousand through many business opportunities, education, and the most important: recreation. Residents of Beaverton are never short on things they can do, from enjoying hiking trails to rafting the Willamette River. Iron Gate Storage supports the community by offering premium storage units in Beaverton that accommodate your items, including everything you use for pastime recreational pursuits. Find out the most commonly stored recreational items others have kept in their storage units to get a better idea how we can help you.


On of the most popular uses of our storage facility is the use of our RV storage. Those who own an RV know how much fun it can be until it comes to parking it or trying to find a space to keep it safe. The vehicle’s sheer size makes parking an RV at your home a difficult pursuit, especially if your driveway space is limited. Most residential neighborhoods in Beaverton also have laws prohibiting an RV from being parked on the street for prolonged periods of time. RVs can also fall victim to vandalism when they are kept in neighborhoods. At Iron Gate Storage, we eliminate these problems by giving you an affordable place to store your RVs for an extended period of time. Our specific RV storage spaces make getting your RV off the street an easy pursuit, and you reduce the risk of break ins or vandalism to your RV because of our secured facility, equipped with video monitoring and excellent security measures.


Beaverton belongs to a large biking community. The city is organized easily for bikers to commute to and from work, and on the outskirts of the city, you can even enjoy beautiful biking trails. With biking as one of the most popular pursuits in the area, many enthusiasts will rent a storage unit from us in part to have a place where they can store their spare bikes and biking equipment. Different bikes for different occasions – such as road bikes, electric bikes, mountain bikes, trick bikes, and more – can take up a lot of space in a garage or shed. This doesn’t also account for everything else bikes require, such as spare tires, wheels, repair kits, or pumps. Using a storage unit exclusively for your biking equipment will greatly reduce the amount of items you have to look after in your home but will still give you easy access to them anytime.

Other Recreational Belongings

Beaverton residents will commonly keep their ATVs, golf carts, or other recreational vehicles in a storage unit to easily access for a weekend of fun. These are big items that take up a lot of space in the home, which makes our units a respite from clutter and a lack of space. Many people will also access their storage units for items such as backpacks, sleeping bags, jet skis, kayaks, or any other recreational item that makes life in Beaverton fun.

Iron Gate Storage in Beaverton

Don’t hesitate to store your belongings with us. Whether you are a looking for a space to store your recreational possessions or need some extra space for boxes after a move or other significant life change, give our Beaverton facility a call and secure your own storage unit today.

Iron Gate Storage
4050 SW 160th Ave
Beaverton, OR 97007
(503) 649-7531