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While we can offer tips and tricks on how to store certain items, a big part of storage is common sense. How can I put this item in this box without it breaking? How many books can I put in this box before the bottom falls out? See, it’s pretty simple. That’s why it’s called self-storage after all — you can do it yourself!
Some items, though, require a little more care and thought when storing. In today’s blog, Summit Self Storage – Chapel Hill is going to offer some advice on the right way to store a bed, including the bed itself, the mattress, and the bedding. Keep reading to learn more or get in touch with our Akron storage facility to start storing today!
If you’re choosing to store a bed in one of our Akron storage units, you will likely end up taking that bed apart. After all, most beds will not fit out of the bedroom door in one piece. Start by disassembling the bed into as many pieces as you need to get it out of the door and into a truck to take to storage. To keep all the screws and pieces organized, put them in a ziplock baggie and tape them to the bed frame so you won’t misplace it while the bed is in storage.
You never want to store a dirty mattress, and unless your mattress has been wrapped in plastic from the minute it rolled off of the production line, it has likely collected some dust, dead skin cells, and crumbs. Strip your mattress of all the bedding and liberally sprinkle baking soda over it. The baking soda will help absorb moisture and remove bad odors. Let it sit for an hour or two and then vacuum the mattress thoroughly. Flip it over and repeat on the other side.
Before moving it to a storage unit, wrap it in plastic and tape up any holes that might allow air to get in. Throw in a few silica gel packets to absorb any lingering moisture. You can also purchase a mattress bag for relatively cheap from Amazon, Walmart, or other big-box stores.
Take the pieces of the bed frame apart, including the headboard, and give each piece a wipedown to get rid of any dust that may have settled there. Then, wrap each piece in bubble wrap to protect it during the move and while in storage from any dings and scratches. Again, make sure to tape all the screws and assembly pieces to the frame itself so there’s no chance in losing it.
While it is easy to keep track of one mattress, keeping track of a dozen pieces of a bed frame can be a little tricker. The last thing you want is to get your bed out of storage and realize you’re missing a leg! Take notes and make an inventory of all the pieces you’ll need to grab out of storage when it is time to reassemble the bed.
Just like you never want to store a dirty mattress, you never want to store dirty bedding either. Put all of your bedding through the washer and dryer before storing it. If you have a delicate quilt or other bedding that cannot be washed, take it to the dry cleaners.
It is best to store bedding in a plastic bin with a lid or an airtight, vacuum sealed bag to keep out bugs, mites, and moths that like to eat cotton and cardboard, as well as provide some humidity protection. Moisture is your bedding’s worst nightmare, and an improperly stored bedspread can be nearly impossible to salvage once that musty, mildew-y smell sets in. If you already have a climate-controlled storage unit, it is a good idea to put bedding in that one.
While it may seem easier to store your mattress on its side, it is actually recommended to store it flat. This is especially true of coil mattresses, as all that time in an unnatural position can cause the coils to shift and bend, leaving you with a lumpy mattress. Also, do not store items on top of the mattress unless you want to shorten its lifespan. You can, however, store your mattress on top of other items, as long as there is a nice flat surface for it to go on.
Our self-storage units are the perfect place to store additional furniture. With fair prices and clean facilities, you’ll be amazed at how easy it is to keep your belongings safe and secure while in storage. Get in touch today to learn more, or reserve a self-storage unit now to start storing ASAP!