Your storage guide

Can I just thank you and your staff for the wonderful service you have provided, although our moving was all quite stressful, our experience at Lok'nStore was just the opposite. Roger and Lena King

If you're new to storage, it can be hard to know where to start. So we've put together a quick guide to help you store your stuff effectively.

If you have any more questions, just ask — we're always happy to help.

  • Planning ahead

    • Start by choosing a suitable site and size for your storage unit. Need some more advice? Call our friendly storage experts at your local centre.
    • Book your storage unit for a deposit of just £25. This ensures the unit you need is available on the day you move in. Don’t worry, your £25 is fully refundable if your needs change.
    • Plan how you’ll move your stuff. Do you need to hire a van? Are you going to use a removal company? For long distance trips, choose a big enough vehicle to move everything in one trip. For short journeys, plan several trips in one van. Your local Lok’nStore store can help you find a van rental firm.
    • Make sure you have enough packing materials. (You can find them in our box shop).
  • Packing up

    • Take big items apart and keep the screws and other fittings in labelled bags.
    • Box everything to avoid losing things.
    • Use good quality storage boxes that won't collapse.
    • Divide heavy items between boxes.
    • Wrap breakable things like china and glass piece by piece. Put the heaviest things at the bottom and pad out corners and empty spaces so nothing moves around.
    • Label your boxes clearly - preferably on the top and on the side. If you want to be really organised, make a list of numbered boxes.
    • Clean out fridges, freezers, ovens and food cupboards, and tape doors closed for the journey. Make sure fridges and freezers are thoroughly defrosted.
  • In the van

    • Load your biggest items first and pad spaces between items.
    • Tie things down so they doesn’t topple over or slide about.
    • Put things you'll need on the journey (like your wallet, keys and ID) in one bag in the cab of the van.
  • At the unit

    • Line the walls of your unit with the big items of furniture.
    • Remember to use all available space – open the doors on wardrobes and stack boxes inside, fill all the drawers in chests of drawers.
    • Take care not to stack heavy items on top of light items.
    • A fabric sofa can be stored safely on its side. Use a Lok’nStore sofa cover to protect it from dust.
    • A leather sofa should be stored upright – storing it on its side will make it sag.
    • Stack boxes with the labels showing so you can find stuff easily later.
    • Store appliances like fridges or washing machines with the doors wedged open.
    • In a large unit, leave a centre aisle so you can move goods easily within the unit.
    • Place a dust sheet over the top of your stored goods.

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