Rhode Island Metro Self Storage
Rhode Island Metro Self Storage

Helpful Hints for Storage Customers


  1. Plan your storage space.  Place those items that you may need to access often in the front.  Allow for walk-ways.
  2. Create an inventory of items you are storing.  Keep the list in a safe place at home or in a safe deposit box.
  3. Prepare your space by placing a protective cover on the floor under your goods.  You may wish to place your storage items on pallets to guard against dampness.  (Any concrete floor may become cold or damp.) Placing an open container of a moisture-absorbing product such as Damp Rid can decrease the humidity in your space.
  4. CAUTION: Do not store anything combustible/flammable (i.e. paint thinner, gasoline, solvents, paints, etc.).
  5. Use uniform size boxes to make stacking easier.  Be sure your boxes are strong enough to hold 25 to 30 lbs. (It’s best not to put too much in each box—especially books and paper—due to their weight.)
  6. List contents of boxes on all four sides; number the boxes and seal with tape.
  7. Stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes.  Avoid making stacks too high to reach safely.
  8. Dishes and glasses should be wrapped in paper and packed in sturdy boxes.  Stack them on top.
  9. Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard, marked “FRAGILE” and stacked on end.
  10. Drawers in furniture and the interiors of stored cabinets provide great storage places for pictures, knick-knacks, china, silverware, small items, etc.  Wrapping these items in tablecloths, towels, or blankets can prevent breakage.
  11. Larger appliances make excellent “packing cases” for blankets, towels, tablecloths, and clothes.
  12. Shovels, hoes, rakes, and hoses may be stored in empty trash cans.  Extra cans may nest inside each other.
  13. Break down tables with removable legs to save space, as well as wear and tear on table legs.
  14. Sofas and love seats may sometimes be stored on end and/or nested inside of one another to save floor space.  Always place a protective cover under items that would otherwise touch the concrete floor of the unit.  Cushions may be wrapped in plastic and placed on top of sofas/chairs, or stored inside of jumbo plastic storage bags.
  15. Covering stuffed furniture with cardboard or blankets helps protect against dust.
  16. If you stand mattresses, prop them up on their sides, so that they stand straight.  They may tend to bend out of shape and become lumpy if leaning at odd angles while being stored.
  17. Rent the smallest amount of space you need and pack the space full, but  remember to leave some room to manuever.
  18. Avoid placing heavy or sharp objects on top of upholstered furniture, to help prevent ripping or puncturing fabric.
  19. Use a good quality lock on your door; we recommend a “disc” type steel lock.
  20. To help prevent bug infestation and rodents, avoid storing any kind of edible/potable items.  
  21. Put TVs and other electronics in the rear of your unit, to limit exposure to heat, vibration, or contact with other stored items that are being rearranged.


©2011 Southeast Management Company




Rhode Island Metro Self Storage


600 Rhode Island Ave NE

Washington, DC 20002 


Business Hours:


MON - FRI, 9am - 5pm

SAT-SUN 9am-6pm


Beginning 5 May 2018, the facility will be open 9am-6pm, 7 days a week, until its


31 May 2018


Gate Hours:



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