WHAT DO I LOOK FOR IN A SPACE?
Some storage specialists only have a specific type of storage space available. However, with older pieces of furniture, there are certain conditions that best suit your items. Finding a storage space with temperature control is ideal and some even have a dehumidifier which greatly reduces the risk of a mould and mildew problems that usually occur in regular spaces.
You can find furniture storage on Spacer with all the criteria that you want for your older items and store them for however long you require. We do our best to ensure your belongings are taken out in the same condition you put them in.
DO I NEED INSURANCE?
It is up to you, but it is highly encouraged that you do have insurance on your furniture in the case of an accident or disaster that could potentially occur. That way, you can be compensated for the expenses it will potentially cost to replace the items you have lost. You can insure certain items but anything else you store will not be covered.
At Spacer, we provide $10,000 of cover for your items when in storage.
HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF MY ANTIQUE ITEMS?
There are removalists and storage companies that have special ways of dealing with older and more antique furniture as they are more delicate than the average furnishings. Some even offer insurance on items in the case of an accident occurring, compensating for any damage, as well as packing services. Make sure that you individually wrap all your delicate items such as china plates, dolls and sculptures, in tissue paper and bubble wrap before being put into boxes. With larger furniture such as sofas and cupboards, make sure you clean off all the dust that has settled over the years and wrap it up in sheets of cotton, felt or flannel. Plastic coverings are alright for short-term storage, however for long periods of time will accelerate the growth of mould and mildew.
HOW MUCH WILL I PAY?
It all depends on how much you want to store. Smaller self storage units offered by Spacer are usually between $116 and $150 and large storage options are around $360-$650 per month.This is significantly cheaper than more traditional storage options such as Kennards or Storage King, which can be between $500 – $900/month. Simply find a storage unit or garage on Spacer that matches the criteria needed for your antique furnishings and rent it for however long needed. Make sure that the space you rent is temperature controlled, and a dehumidifier within the space would be ideal to discouraging mildew and mould growth.
I’M STORING LEATHER ITEMS – HOW DO I TAKE CARE OF THEM?
Leather items need a little more care. Before storing them, use a leather conditioner on the surface before wrapping it in cotton or flannel sheets. Plastic will only allow mould to grow, and the leather material needs to breathe so the cotton and flannel will let it do so. Make sure that the surface is completely dry before storing it so that the material will not be damaged in its dormant state. Also, do not put any other items on top of it, because it may damage the material as well as leave imprints in the leather.
DO I NEED A SPECIALIST REMOVALIST?
You don’t need a specialist to remove your items and take them to your storage facility, however it is a good idea to do so. There are removalists that specialise in dealing with antique furniture so it might be worthwhile to look into these options. Additionally, they might offer a packaging service which allows them to pack away your furniture with the utmost care and respect. For more delicate and favoured items, consider taking tips and advice from these specialists on how to carefully package items such as mirrors and sculptures.
WHAT HAPPENS IF I HAVE LARGE ITEMS THAT NEED STORING?
Usually larger items have nuts and screws that hold the pieces together, allowing you to unscrew the parts and store the pieces that way. Desks, shelves and bed frames are relatively large furnishings that can be taken apart and stored away in pieces. Just make sure that you save all the nuts and screws in a safe area or taped to the side of one of the furniture pieces. There are large storage spaces available that can house your larger household items for your required time period. Ensure that the climate conditions are acceptable to house your furniture and maintain a satisfactory condition in comparison to its initial condition.