What Can & Can’t go into Storage?


You may be looking to store some of your possessions as part of a life change, to organise your belongings, or simply to free up space. A personal storage unit can provide the perfect solution. But there are rules about what can and can’t be stored.

What is Acceptable?

Seasonal items such as decorations, clothes, sporting goods and camping gear can be stored safely, while household goods such as furniture, books, toys and clothes are also storable.

Storage units can take business equipment including filing cabinets and packaging materials.

Most electronic goods including TVs or DVD players can be stored, as can stereo and gaming systems and digital devices. Computer equipment may be securely kept.

Appliances such as freezers, fridges and washers are storable provided that they are clean and dry. Smaller appliances, such as coffee makers and toasters are also fine, provided they are cleaned beforehand.

What is not Acceptable?

Hazardous materials include fuel, propane tanks, lamp and motor oil, fertilisers, corrosives, chemicals, narcotics, asbestos and fireworks. If something is explosive or dangerous, it can’t be stored. In addition, stolen items and illegal goods are not permitted.

Perishable food items such as meats, cereals, dairy, pet foods and rice are not accepted, although canned foods are fine.

Human residency of a storage unit is not permitted, as is operating a shop out of a storage unit, and live or dead animals cannot be kept in a unit: in addition, live plants are prohibited.

Radioactive materials can only be stored by certain storage units, and cash and securities need storage in specialist safe deposit boxes, Weapons such as firearms and ammunition need climate-controlled units and appropriate permissions.

A storage firm such as Coast Removals will be able to inform you as to their specific rules when entering into a contract to store your possessions.