When placing your belongings in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo you will want to do everything you can to make sure your items are safe and secure. While our facility can give you the security you need, it is up to you to make sure your items are prepped and placed in your storage unit properly. Below we have gathered some tips for you to try when it comes to protecting your furniture in storage.


Furniture Protectors

In order to ensure that your furniture will remain in top quality you will want to invest in materials to protect your furniture. By lining your storage unit’s floor with plastic as well as your furniture piece you can keep any harmful substances off of the piece. For added protection you can purchase moving blankets that will act as a padding for your furniture.


Disassemble, If Possible

Most furniture pieces are too big, bulky, and awkward making it hard to place in storage. If possible, disassemble what you can. By breaking down furniture you can easily move and store the item. To help you remember how to reattach all the pieces correctly take pictures before disassembling. Make sure you store all parts together in bags with the furniture it belongs to.


Protect Your Fragile Items

Take the time to ensure the safety of your fragile furniture pieces. Purchase the materials you need to pad and protect them. You can help to protect those pieces from damage by making sure sharp corners or edges on items that are stored next to your fragile item are covered and padded. If you are storing fragile electronics try and place them in their original packaging. If this is not possible, make sure they are stored in a box with adequate packing material to make sure items won’t shift during the moving process. Label all fragile items so you or your movers know to handle it with care.


Store Strategically

Putting all of your items in storage can be difficult. Make sure you place the larger, sturdier items in the back and on the floor to serve as a base to hold other items. Stack from bottom up going heaviest to lightest. By placing the smaller items towards the front of your storage unit you can have easier access to them. Being smart and organizing your storage unit from the beginning will help you when you need to bring something out of the unit.


Taking the time to prepare your furniture for its stay in storage will help you in guaranteeing its quality throughout the years. By using the tips above, you can rest easy knowing your valuable furniture pieces are safe and secure in your storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo. Stop by our facility today to see what units are currently available.


If you happen to be renting an apartment or a home you might feel as if you can’t make the space your own. This isn’t true! With the help of All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA in providing you with the extra space you need to store the items you just don’t have room for, and the temporary décor items we have gathered for you below, you are well on your way to creating the living space you have always dreamed of.


•Self-adhesive tiles can be added to your kitchen to give it that personal touch. These tiles can often be found at Home Depot. These tiles are meant to be temporary and can easily be put up and taken off when the time comes.


•Command Hooks are a fast and easy way to add some personal touches to your home. Hanging curtain rods from command hooks gives you a creative way to put your jewelry or scarves on display in your bedroom. Command hooks can also be used when hanging decorative pieces. Command hooks easily come off when you want to change it up or move out without damaging the walls.


•Peel and Stick wall decals are perfect for when you want to add that special statement piece to your rented space. These come in a variety of patterns and quotes so you can choose which one fits your style. These are easy to install and also come off without damaging the paint or walls in your home.


•Temporary wallpaper is now available to those who rent. You can easily wallpaper your space to give it that personal touch. While it may appear to look like real wallpaper it is easier to put up and take off. Temporary wall paper comes in a variety of colors and patterns so you can choose which one fits your décor the best. Just make sure you are in fact purchasing temporary wallpaper rather than the real stuff.


•Tapestries can make your space feel cozy and give your space that much needed statement piece. These are easily hung and can be taken down and folded up if you wish to change the style of your space.


•Showcase the items you own by placing them on a bookshelf or a bar cart. These will add personal touches to your space and give it some personality. Don’t be afraid to display the pieces you love even if they are a little unconventional.


The key to making a space all your own is by using a little creativity. Talk with your landlord and see what you are allowed to do in regards to redecorating your new living space. If your options are limited you can always use the temporary items listed above. For help in storing the items you just don’t have the space for you can trust All American Self Storage in San Mateo, CA to provide you with a storage unit that suits all of your storage needs. Call us today to learn more about our facility.



When you are renting a storage unit at All American Self Storage in San Mateo you should be aware of some of the rules and regulations we keep at our facility. These rules are set in place for the protection of your items as well as our other customer’s items. While you are able to store most of our valuables at our facility, we have provided a list of items you should avoid placing in your unit. 


  • Living or kenneling in a storage unit is not allowed or recommended. While a storage unit may be cheaper than room and board for you or your pets, it is not suitable for living in. It can be hazardous to the health and the well-being of your pets.  If you do place your animal in a storage unit you may be charged with animal cruelty.


  • Plants will not survive in a storage unit. They need fresh air and sunlight in order to thrive and grow. Additionally they could attract unwanted guests, such as bugs and rodents, which can cause damage to the other items you are storing in your unit.


  • Firearms, munitions, gunpowder and explosives are also not allowed. The probability of something going wrong with any of these items is too high for them to be placed in storage. If an accident does occur it can cause harm to your items as well as others who have units in the facility.


  • Most foods are also prohibited in storage units. When food is placed in a storage unit it can attract unwanted guests and have the potential to rot. It can cause extensive damage to the items in your storage unit as well as the units next to yours. One exception to this rule is canned goods.


  • Hazardous material and waste storage should not be placed in your storage unit. If it’s corrosive, chemical, odorous, noxious or toxic, it can’t go in storage, either. This includes lead paint, asbestos, urea formaldehyde, polychlorinated biphenyl, petroleum, petroleum products and constituents, methane, medical waste, toxic substances and related materials as defined in several federal acts and state statutes.


  • Cash should be placed in a bank account or safely in your home. Having cash placed in your storage unit causes too much risk of a break in or a loss in money if the cash were to be destroyed by acts of nature. 



As you can see there are just a few items we don’t want you to place in your storage unit, but there are so many more items you can have stored here at our facility. If you have any questions regarding the items that are allowed to be stored at our facility, feel free to call us. We are happy to help you in all of your self-storage needs at All American Self Storage in San Mateo


Moving can really be hard on you and your budget. Any time you plan on moving you should prepare to pay almost double in expected costs for that month. To help you in cutting some of the costs, we at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA have gathered some budget friendly moving tips for you to try.


Purge your Belongings

A great way to save your money and your budget is by getting rid of the items in your home you just don’t use any more. An added bonus would be if you could make a profit. Holding a garage sale or even selling some of your household items online can help you to make enough to cover the costs of your move. When you have less to move you spend less on moving supplies and truck rentals. For what you can’t sell, consider donating it to a local Goodwill or placing it in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA. You will be thankful you have less to move and unpack when it is all said and done.


Cheap Packing Materials

Instead of spending hundreds of dollars on boxes and packing supplies, use what you can around you. When it comes to non-fragile items you don’t need to get fancy when it comes to moving it from one house to another. Fill up any storage bins, backpacks, duffle bags, and suitcases with less fragile items. Utilize clothing to double as a protective wrap for the fragile items you are placing in boxes. Socks and t-shirts work just as well as bubble wrap and newspaper.


Hiring your Friends

While hiring movers to help you with the moving process has some perks, it could put a serious dent in your wallet. Instead, try and enlist in the help of some of your trusted friends or family to help you throughout the process. To make it easier on them, have everything packed and ready to go. Then all they have to do is help with the heavy lifting. Bringing them lunch or even cookies is a great way to say thank you for volunteering their time.


Reanalyze your Outgoing Expenses

Moving is the perfect excuse and opportunity to see if there is a better deal out there when it comes to your TV and internet. A lot of companies will have lower monthly payments for a set amount of time when you are joining them as a new customer.


Moving doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think. Finding creative ways to move your belongings from one home to another can save you a lot of much needed cash. If you are still in need of storage space in your new home you can trust All American Self Storage in Redwood City, CA to provide you with the storage unit you need. Call or stop by today to learn more about our facility.


Knowing how to properly store any piece of furniture you own is vital to ensure its integrity during its stay in a storage unit at All American Self Storage in Redwood City. We want to make sure your items are safe and secure during their stay so we have provided you with some preparations you should take before placing your couch in storage.


Clean It

Before placing anything in storage you will want to make sure it is cleaned thoroughly. Buildup of dust and dirt can damage the integrity of the couch, especially its fabric. Do some research and find the best way to clean the fabric of your couch. Vacuum out any food crumbs or dirt you can find. Any leftover food particles could attract unwanted guests to your storage unit. After cleaning make sure your couch is completely dry before placing it into a storage unit.


Find the Right Storage Unit

The size of your storage unit will matter when it comes to storing larger pieces of furniture. Measure your couch to gather the appropriate dimensions you will need in a storage unit. You will want to make sure you have enough room in the unit to place the couch flat on its feet. Make sure you give yourself enough room for additional padding or covering that may be placed over the couch as well. All American Self Storage in Redwood City has a variety of sizes when it comes to self-storage units and we can easily find you one that will suit all of your storage needs.


Protect your Couch

You will want to protect quality of your couch while it is placed in storage. To protect your couch during its travel to your new storage unit, dismantle all the parts you can to help you for easier lifting and moving. Before leaving it in storage you will want to protect your couch by covering it with a sheet or drop cloth to protect it from accruing dust, dirt, or moisture. Never use plastic couch coverings. These just cause a build-up of moisture thus causing the growth of mildew.


Store it Off the Ground

While you need to place the couch flat in your storage unit, it is still wise to find a way to lift it off the storage room floor. Placing your couch on pallets or on a tarp can protect it from any harm that may occur from an unexpected spill. Try to avoid placing or storing anything on the couch as it may cause indentations on the frame or cushions.


Following the steps above will help you in keeping your couch in tip top shape during its stay, no matter how long. For more storage tips give All American Self Storage in Redwood City a call today. We look forward to hearing from you.