Lock Tite Storage caters to any person or business looking for storage in Flat Rock, MI and the surrounding vicinity. Customer service is our #1 priority, and we promise your complete satisfaction with our clean and safe units.
Here at Lock Tite Storage, we strive for exceptional storage solutions to help your experience be the best with us and provide you peace of mind. We have compiled various storage tips to help you organize your things better and prevent any avoidable damage to your stuff. Browse through our site to understand how you can best utilize our storage facility.
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The perimeter of Lock Tite Storage in Flat Rock, MI is fully fenced for the best protection of your stored items. Our on-site manager is always available to answer any of your questions and show you around our spacious site. Learn how you can organize your items when you need to store them at our facility.
Estimating how much space you will need for your storage items can be simple if you know what you want to store. Here are some simple steps and size recommendations based on commonly-stored items to help you plan better.
First, start by making a list of the items you want to store.
Second, group the items by how you will organize them. Start by identifying items that can be packed in boxes and stacked. Next, prioritize boxed items that you will want to access most frequently because you will want those at the front of your unit. Then group by fragility or weight; the heavier, sturdier, items should be on the bottom of the stack, where fragile items should be found on top. Then take into consideration your more awkwardly sized items that don't stack well, how often you will need access to them.
Third, make a note of how you plan to pack and organize these items. Boxes and containers should be stacked no more than 3 or four 4 boxes high, depending on the size and strength of the containers that you plan to use. One of the most preferred methods would be to purchase heavy-duty plastic stackable drawers for easy access to stored items.
Now that you have a general idea of how you will organize your unit, visualize the amount of space that it will take up. Here is a quick reference guide from the experts at Lock Tite Storage in Flat Rock, MI to what kind of items you can fit into the different size units.
5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold a chest of drawers, a small mattress set, boxes, and small items. These units are useful for garden tools or seasonal decorative items.
5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold furnishings of a mid-size bedroom, including a queen-size bed, dresser, TV, and a few storage boxes.
10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of an entire family room or two full bedrooms.
10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of up to three bedrooms in this unit. These are recommended for larger items such as pianos, couches, tables, or large-screen TVs.
10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of a five-bedroom house, including a refrigerator, washer/dryer, dining room table, chairs, and large boxes.
10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of a 5- to 7-bedroom house, including large items such as a couch, bed, fridge, and entertainment center.
Nobody wants to pay for the storage they don’t need. But a little extra space makes moving around within the unit much easier. It also gives you room to add those unplanned items that always seem to pop up.
Unit Size Guidelines for Businesses
A cramped workspace can make it difficult to find what you need, distracting you from the business at hand. Excess inventory, samples, supplies, and paperwork tend to pile up quickly in small spaces, requiring extra effort to keep things organized. You may have considered renting additional commercial space or trying to squeeze more room in your home-based office, but were put off by the cost and loss of valuable time to planning and construction. That’s why, for today’s businessperson, self-storage is a cost-effective and efficient solution. Lock Tite Storage in Flat Rock, MI tells you how!
Our Storage Units
5' x 5' (25 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of a large office closet filled with files, books, office chairs, and a few storage boxes.
5' x 10' (50 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of one office room, including desks, bookcases, filing cabinets, and large storage boxes. These are ideal for storing equipment and tools.
10' x 10' (100 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of an entire office, including desks, chairs, computers, and a few storage boxes.
10' x 15' (150 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of three office rooms that could fit in this size unit, including several desks, computers, and boxes.
10' x 20' (200 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of five office rooms (desks, computers, bookcases, and file cabinets) in this size or a five-year supply of business and tax files.
10' x 30' (300 Sq. Ft.) – Will hold the contents of five office rooms – many desks, several large boxes, seasonal storage, a few sets of large storage shelves, and/or a few pallets of inventory, depending on how high you stack them.
Lock Tite Storage in Flat Rock, MI provides storage units in different sizes for your short and long-term storage needs. Here, we give you tips to pack your things better when you want to opt for self-storage.
How to Pack Better
Box up everything that you can. Anything left unboxed in a self-storage facility can get dusty.
Clearly label all boxes on more than one side so you can easily identify the contents.
Distribute the weight in packed boxes evenly. Make sure they are not too heavy for you and others who may be lifting them.
Fill boxes. The contents in half-empty boxes can shift during transport or lifting. Corners and sides can collapse if there's nothing to support them. Foam peanuts are handy for filling in the gaps in the boxes.
For wrapping breakables, the paper will do, but bubble wrap can be used repeatedly, is cleaner, and because it is transparent, makes identifying contents easier.
Invest in good quality, sturdy boxes and packing materials. Boxes should be sturdy enough to hold up for years under the weight of the stack. You may be tempted to get boxes for free from supermarkets and liquor stores; however, the mismatched shapes and sizes will impede your ability to organize most effectively. You can buy standard-sized boxes and specialty boxes for items such as TVs, videotapes, and pictures.
Pack books flat to avoid damaging their spines.
Use boxes, not plastic bags. Boxes are sturdier and stack well, taking up less space. Many moving companies require that goods be packed in boxes for transport. Also, sealed plastic bags can trap humidity, which can cause damaging mildew.
Wrap all fragile items and breakables such as dishes, glasses, ornaments, etc. separately. Pack these items tightly into strong or reinforced boxes, filling any gaps with paper or filler. Mark “Fragile” on any boxes containing breakable items.
Ask the Storage Experts
Tips for Storage of Larger Items
For “outside-the-box” storage, Lock Tite Storage is your best choice in Flat Rock, MI. We offer competitive prices, and our experienced staff can help you evaluate how much space you may need for your possessions. Check out the points we have mentioned about your larger item storage requirements.
Make Your Larger Items Secure
Large appliances must be prepared correctly for proper storage:
Defrost refrigerators and freezers thoroughly to avoid water damage and mildew growth. Drain washing machines and tie down hoses and cords before storing them.
It’s a good idea to wipe down the inside of appliances with baking soda before you store them to keep them dry.
Tie-down the appliance doors during transport, but leave them slightly ajar once in storage.
When storing a vacuum cleaner, clean out the bag or canister first; bacteria mold and vermin can accumulate otherwise.
When storing an oven as well as a refrigerator, enclose the exposed back area of the appliances to prevent vermin.
If you plan to store clothes, think about investing in a wardrobe box with a built-in hanging rod.
Wrap mirrors and pictures in protective covering such as bubble wrap and mark them as “Fragile.” Cardboard corners can be purchased to protect the sharpest, weakest areas of frames.
Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection.
If you're storing upholstered products such as mattresses and sofas, consider investing in covers, bags, or sheeting for additional protection. Storage and moving facilities often sell large heavy-duty bags for this purpose.
Vacuum-sealed bags work well for draperies, bedding, and clothing.
Electrical equipment such as TVs, stereos, and computers should be packed in their original boxes whenever possible. If using other boxes, choose ones that are as close in size to the original as possible and fill all gaps with paper. Make sure you secure the player arm of a record player and turntable.
Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them. Wrap and cover the separate sections, clearly mark them, and keep them together. Keep assembly components such as screws and bolts together in a plastic bag, mark them clearly and tape the bag to the appropriate piece of furniture. Cover chair legs with bubble wrap or rags for extra protection.
Spray your wood furniture with a good quality furniture polish before storing it to give it some added protection.
Treat leather items with a leather conditioner before you store them.
Wipe down metal objects and tools with a little oil before storing them to avoid rust formation that can occur when the tools are not used regularly.
Break down furniture into smaller pieces, if possible. Take the legs off of tables, disassemble bed frames and lean them against the wall, etc.
Cover furniture with sheets or tarps to protect them against scratches, dust, and other damage.
Store the large pieces of furniture vertically to save space in the storage space. Stand sofas on end when possible.
If you have room to store a sofa flat, then a loveseat can be placed upside down on top of the sofa and a table stacked on top of that.
Chairs can be stacked from seat to seat.
In most cases, you can stack dryers on top of washers.
Stack the shelves of bookcases with books, small boxes, and other odds and ends.
Store the boxes containing fragile goods inside of wardrobes.
Store the pillows, blankets, and other bedding inside washers and dryers.
Store your clothes inside dresser drawers.
You may be thinking that all this planning, preparing, and setting up your self-storage unit may seem like a big project. You’ll find the time and effort are worth it, though, when you discover the peace of mind that comes with knowing your belongings are protected, conveniently accessible, and well-preserved.
Lock Tite Storage in Flat Rock, MI lists out some miscellaneous parameters that are essential for safe and damage-free storage of your cherished possessions.
Keep in Mind
As you go, keep an inventory of every item you’ve packed. Ideally, include an estimate of the replacement value of each item you store. Consider taking pictures of valuable items. These steps will help you make accurate insurance claims in case of unforeseen damage or loss.
Don’t be afraid to bust out your Tetris skills. Even the smallest storage unit can hold a great deal, just make sure you use the space wisely, which means packing things to the ceiling. Bringing in plywood to lie across several boxes can help stabilize layers as you're stacking it up, up, and up! It will take the pressure off the tops of your boxes and help keep things safe.
Electronics, vinyl records, old photos (if humid), things of that nature all come out a little less awesome when not stored properly.
Keeping your items off the floor is almost essential. It might sound silly, but before renting your unit, there's no way to promise that the melting snow won't come under the door, or the adjacent unit won't have a spill that soaks its way into your heirloom sofa.
You should plan for temperature changes. Although this might not be an issue in some parts of the country, there are a few things that don't like the cold or the heat and should either be double wrapped or well insulated or not stored at all.