What Can and Cannot Be Put in a Storage Unit?

May 28, 2021 in Commercial Storage, Self-Storage Leave a Comment

Whether you are moving or do not have enough room in your home, personal storage unit rentals are a great solution for your belongings. Like any rental space, some limitations and rules determine what can and cannot be put in a storage unit. As leading providers of quality storage solutions, the team at LoknStore has provided some information on each type of item.

Learn about some other things to know before renting a storage unit.

What Can be Placed in a Storage Unit?

The following items are ideal for storage units, provided there is enough space:


Furniture is one of the most common items placed in a storage unit. Types of furniture that can be stored include beds, tables, chairs, couches, and dressers. If storing a mattress, we recommend placing it in a large plastic covering to keep it safe.

Seasonal Items

Some seasonal items can take up a lot of space in your home when not in use. To keep these items safe until you need them again, look no further than a storage unit. Seasonal items include clothes, patio furnishings, ski gear, and holiday decorations.

Household Appliances

During a move, it can be difficult to find a place for large appliances. Anything from refrigerators and dishwashers to dryers and washing machines can be safely placed in a storage unit.

Files, Documents, and Books

If you own a business or need to store a large number of important documents, a personal storage unit is the perfect solution. To keep these documents safe, ensure that they are placed in a sealed container.

What Cannot be Placed in a Storage Unit?

The following items should never be placed in a storage unit:


Perishable food items should never be placed in storage as they can rot or decay over time. The scent of this food can then attract insects and rodents, which can lead to damage to your belongings.


Plants require sunlight and water to grow, neither of which can be found in a storage unit. Most plants will wither and perish in a storage facility, so they should never be placed in one.

Hazardous Materials

Any items that burn, explode, or corrode can pose a serious risk while in a storage unit. Fuels, chemicals, acids, pesticides, aerosols, and fireworks are not suitable for prolonged storage as they can spill, open, or burst and cause damage to other items within the unit.

Uninsured Vehicles

To store a vehicle, it must be insured, in good repair, and placed in a suitable storage unit. Scrapped and uninsured vehicles are not permitted in most storage facilities.

To learn more about what can and cannot be placed in a storage unit, get in touch with LoknStore. Our team can be reached at 604-289-0028 or through our online contact form and will be happy to assist you.