Frequently Asked Questions for Iron Gate Storage

Storage Tips

Moving In & Out


Gather Materials

Start by gathering as many boxes that you think you will need, tape, markers and packing material (e.g. foam shipping noodles, bubble wrap, packing paper or towels).

Prepare

Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.

Wrap It Up

Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes. Stack them on top.

Strong Boxes

Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25-30 pounds. (It is best not to put too much in each box.)

Removable Legs

Tables that have removable legs should be broken down to save space.

Metal Items

Wipe any items made of metal: bikes, metal tables, tools, etc, with machine oil to prevent rusting.

Inventory

Make up an inventory of your items and keep it in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.

List Contents

List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.

Fragile

Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard and marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.

Keep Dry

Place your storage items on 2x4 boards or on pallets to guard against dampness. Any concrete floor may become cold and damp.

CAUTION

CAUTION! Do not store anything COMBUSTIBLE (e.g. Paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paint, etc.)

Access


Smallest Space

Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full.

Access

Plan your storage space. Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.

Stack

Stack heavier boxes on the bottom and lighter boxes on the top.

Electronics

Put TV's and other electronics in the rear of your unit.

Sofas And Loveseats

Sofas and love seats can be stored on end to save floor space. Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top.

Stuffed Furniture

Cover stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets to protect against dust.

Uniform Sizes

If possible, try to use uniform size boxes for easy stacking.

Easier Access

Try to leave an aisle down the center of the storage unit for easier access. Leave a small space between the walls and boxes to allow for air circulation.

Appliances

Larger appliances make excellent “packaging cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths and clothes.

Stored Together

Shovels, hoes, rakes and hoses can be stored together in empty trash cans. Stack extra cans inside each other.

Sharp Or Heavy Objects

Avoid placing sharp or heavy objects on top of upholstered furniture.

Mattresses

If you stand mattresses on their side, prop them up so they stand straight. They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy.