If you’re considering putting items into storage then you need to stop and read this article.

A surprising number of items can be badly damaged unless they are put into climate-controlled storage.

Read on and save yourself a lot of money and heartache down the road.

Surprising Items That Need Climate-Controlled Storage

The list of items that require proper climate-controlled storage is surprisingly long. We’ve included a few examples below, but if you need to put items into storage consider using proper moving containers and a professional storage solution.

If you are moving the items yourself or you’ve only got a few items you shouldn’t have any problems. However, if you working with a removal team then you’ll want to avoid the common mistakes people make when hiring moving companies.


Wood, when exposed to excessive moisture, can warp or crack. It is recommended that wooden furniture is stored at temperatures between 70 and 72 degrees Fahrenheit. In addition, wooden furniture should be stored between 50 and 55% humidity to prevent it from crack, warping or drying out.

The same is true of leather furniture. The Leather Dictionary recommends storing leather between 59 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit in a container that is not too dry.

Musical Instruments

Instruments, especially those that need to be tuned, must be handled and stored with extreme care.

Sensitive musical instruments like the piano are especially susceptible to temperature and humidity variations. Not only can the strings be rust or corrode but, as we’ve mentioned above, the wood can warp or crack.

The same is true of other string instruments like guitars or violins. Even brass instruments need extra consideration as inadequate storage can cause the metal to rust or deform.


Clothing left in a non-temperature-controlled environment or sealed incorrectly can develop a pretty nasty smell. You know the smell. It’s the one that develops if you leave your clothes in the washing machine for a few hours after it’s finished its cycle.

The key to storing clothes is to keep the moisture out. Wet or damp clothes make the ideal habitat for mold and mildew. Be sure to clean clothes thoroughly before you put them into climate-controlled storage and ensure they are wrapped in air-tight material prior to being stored.

Analog Film Reel

This includes everything from those old cassette tapes to your 35mm film reel. Kodak recommend storing unexposed camera films at 50 degrees Fahrenheit or lower. They also state that for periods exceeding six months, store unexposed camera films at 0 degrees Fahrenheit or lower.

When storing photographs, it’s also important to consider climate-controlled storage. If photos stacked together in an album or pressed together get too hot the prints can start to blend or stick together. When you come to remove them, you may find the image has been damaged or the photos are stuck together.


The sensitive inner-workings of your everyday household appliances need to be protected from extreme temperature variations.

Storing appliances in a container that is not climate-controlled can result in the metal parts rusting or corroding. It may also result in the electronics of the device malfunctioning due to extreme temperature variations or water damage due to condensation.

Time to Pack It Up

Storing your important items in climate-controlled storage will prevent them from being damaged beyond repair. We’ve presented just a few examples of items that require climate or temperature-controlled storage.

If you’re unsure about the best way to store your items, be sure to check with either item’s manufacturer or storage professional.

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