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How to Store Garden Furniture for the Winter

Tuesday, November 2nd, 2021

There’s nothing worse than finally being able to get outside and enjoy your garden after a long winter only to see you can’t sit on your wooden patio set because it’s covered in lichen and fungus, or your iron furniture because it’s covered in rust.

The good news is that it’s not difficult to prevent this from happening, all you need is a bit of forethought and planning before the bad winter weather comes in.

In this post we’ll look at what you can do to help you keep your garden furniture looking nice no matter what it’s made of, and give you some helpful tips on storing different types of garden furniture.

 

Clean your furniture before storing

If you don’t clean your furniture before putting it away then you’ll come back to it later only to find it’s covered in mould or fungus.

The way to clean your furniture will pretty much always be using soapy water and a sponge. Don’t use a pressure washer on your furniture unless it’s plastic.

 

Dry your garden furniture properly

Once you’ve washed your furniture you can’t immediately put it away for storage, you have to leave it out to dry completely, so it’s best to wait for a sunny day before washing anything.

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Cover your furniture well

If you have to leave your furniture out in the garden then you’ll need to get a cover. The important things to look for when covering your furniture are:

  1. A waterproof cover – Water is going to be the main enemy for your furniture over winter, so the more you can keep away the better.
  2. A tight fitting cover – This will prevent your cover from letting wind underneath and being swept away, it will also mean that weather is less likely to make it underneath the cover.

Much better than using a cover would be to bring your furniture into a storage unit. This will not only prevent rain and wind from messing with your garden set, but it will also prevent frost and temperature changes from having as much of an effect on your set.

One more benefit of storing your garden furniture in a self storage facility is that you can store any fabric parts of your furniture in storage as well. You can’t leave your cushions outside in winter, even covered. Which means you’ll have to bring them inside, taking up storage space in your house that you might want for something else. This isn’t an issue with self storage – you can store your cushions in a facility along with the furniture it belongs with.

That’s the general advice that applies to all garden furniture. Now we’ll go through some of the more specific advice.
 

Wood

Use a soft brush and soapy water, if this doesn’t clean the wood properly you might need to make a homemade cleaner appropriate for your wood. Or, if you don’t want to use a homemade cleaner you can purchase one from pretty much any outdoor / diy store. Once you’ve scrubbed it clean and allowed it to dry then apply some oil, find an oil that’s appropriate for the wood your furniture is made of.

Applying oil to your wooden furniture is an important part of protecting it over the winter months.
 

Iron

Rust is your main issue when it comes to iron furniture. Wash your furniture clean so you can get a good look at where there might be any bits of rust starting to appear. A little bit of rust can compromise the paint or coating around it, meaning that part is then exposed to air and water, in this way rust can spread from a small spot into a big issue, so it’s best to deal with it soon.

Scrape off the rust using sandpaper or, if it’s particularly bad, a dedicated rust removal product. Then once you’ve cleaned and dried it you can repaint over it to protect the iron from air and moisture again.

garden table and chairs
 

Rattan

Natural rattan will need to be stored inside during the winter months. Space self storage would be a perfect solution for this.

Synthetic rattan will likely be fine if you leave it outside uncovered, but to properly prolong the life of your furniture you would want to get a decent cover that will protect it while you’re not using it. Of course any cushions need to be stored inside away from the bad weather.
 

Plastic

Plastic makes for great long lasting outdoor furniture. It does get dirty and discoloured though, but as long as you keep on top of cleaning it this shouldn’t lead to long lasting staining. Hot soapy water is all that’s needed for cleaning. You don’t want to use any scratchy abrasive sponges while cleaning it, as a lot of plastic does scratch easily.

Now you’re fully prepared for keeping your furniture looking its best during the upcoming winter months. Don’t forget that one of the easiest ways to keep your furniture at its best is to store it in one of our secure self storage units.

How Self Storage Can Help With Your Garden Renovation

Tuesday, August 10th, 2021

 

It’s summer now, and for a lot of us that means spending more time outside, especially if you have a garden. However, if you’re anything like me then spending time in your garden means thinking about all the parts of it you want to change – it’s garden renovation time!

You might not know it, or not have thought about it, but self storage and garden renovations go hand in hand. Don’t believe me? Well maybe by the end of this post you’ll be convinced.

 

More space for the renovation

One of the main ways storage can help make the renovation process easier is by freeing up space in your garden to move about freely. 

You’re not going to need everything all the time. Different tools and materials will be needed at different stages of the renovation process. 

Until you need something, self storage can help you keep it out of your way, this will not only help with your organisation but also will help with safety. You won’t be tripping up on things that don’t need to be there, or having to work around piles of material you don’t need until later. 

Of course storage can’t help with organic waste or plants, so you’ll have to find another way of dealing with these, but for everything else it can be a great way of creating more space to get to work.

 

garden tools

 

Tool storage

Completing a garden renovation will most likely require some bigger tools that you aren’t going to use often. 

Storing these in your shed (assuming you have the room) takes up useful shed space for a tool you might not need again for a long time. Why make it difficult to get into or around your shed when you can keep these tools in a secure, easy access unit and out of your way for most of the time. 

This will extend the life of your tools as they won’t be subject to the temperature and humidity changes that you’d experience in a shed, or even worse, left out in the garden.

 

Storage for those great finds

Garden renovation is not a quick job, it usually takes a decent amount of planning and time to get everything you want. You might see that perfect water feature, or the ideal slabs on offer and want to get them before they’re taken by anyone else.

Self storage is perfect for keeping hold of these out of the way until they’re needed in the garden renovation process.

  

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Protect your equipment and materials

Storing your items out of the way won’t only help with giving you space, but will help protect your equipment as well. 

If you’ve got a porous slab that you’re planning to use for your patio you don’t want grease, bird droppings, mould or anything else like that staining your slabs before you’ve had a chance to seal them. 

Whether you’re hiring tools or not you don’t want them to get damaged or rusted, as this will be costly either way, so it’s best to leave these in a secure storage unit while you’re not using them. This way you don’t have to constantly think about covering and protecting your equipment either from the weather or mishaps in the renovation process. 

 

Choosing the right storage at Space Self Storage

Each renovation process is different and so your needs will change depending on what exactly it is you’re planning to do. If you were sceptical before about how self storage can assist in your garden renovation, I hope we’ve changed your mind. 

Whatever the size of your garden, here at Space Self Storage we’ll help you find the right size units for your requirements. Why not get a quote, or give us a call today to see how we can help with your self storage needs.

How to Clear Space For a Home Office

Tuesday, July 6th, 2021

Having the flexibility to work from home, even a few days a week comes with a host of benefits, and obviously with not-so-recent events people have been needing to work from home a lot more often.

However, there’s one major drawback to working from home, and that’s finding the space to do so.

When you bought your house you may not have planned on having a space dedicated to a home office – you may have tried working from the kitchen table, or from your bed, but most people find that having a dedicated work space makes it much easier to get into a productive mindset.

With that in mind here’s how you can clear out some space in your home for a dedicated home office.

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If your under stairs cupboard is big enough this can be the perfect place to put a home office; even better if your under stairs space is open to a living room, as this is often wasted space that could be used much more efficiently.

If you can’t find space to move all the stuff you’ve stored in the under stairs cupboard that’s where Space Self Storage can help!

Turn your shed into a shoffice

If you have a bit of spare money and space in your garden you can install a ‘shoffice’. These aren’t like your typical garden sheds, they’re insulated for the winter, have electricity and internet, and let in more light. They’re more like a garden building than a shed.

A shoffice can be an attractive selling point of your home when it comes time to move, as these days people often look for space to work from home when they’re choosing a new property.

Space Self Storage is the perfect place to store all those garden tools you only use once a year or less if there isn’t space in your shoffice.

 

Corner off a section of the living room

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Depending on your living room setup you might have a ‘messy corner’ somewhere where you’ve stored all your old magazines, board games, and other items that you couldn’t think of a better place for.

Now is the perfect time to kill two birds with one stone. You can finally clean up the messy part of your living room and at the same time give yourself some space for a home office.

Modify a cupboard into an office area

If you’re put off by the thought of having a desk out in view every time you have guests over this might be the perfect solution for you.

First you need to clear all your items out of a cupboard that’s big enough to accommodate your monitor(s) and desktop or laptop.

Then you’ll need to remove the shelves that are in the wrong place, and install a sliding drawer for you to place your keyboard and mouse on.

If DIY isn’t your forte there are plenty of options to buy your own hideaway computer cupboard if you can afford it.

You can make space for a home office in even the smallest of houses. In your clear out, if there’s anything you can’t find room for at home you can always store it at Space Self Storage.


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