Bouma Self-Storage, Grand Rapids, MI

Bouma Self-Storage


  • Plan your storage space and store items near the front that will be accessed frequently, like records.
    Do not store anything close to the door. Place stereos, TVs & electronics in back of unit. Allow for an
    aisle walk-thru.
  • Make an inventory and take photos of your stored items for insurance purposes, and keep them at
    an alternative safe place.
  • There are prohibited storage items that every storage facility will not allow, such as
    combustibles (gas, paint, chemicals or aerosol cans). Also, food should not be stored.
  • We recommend a (discus) lock for your unit to keep your valuables as safe as possible. They are not
    cut-able with hand tools.
  • Refrigerators, stoves, freezers and any food appliances should be thoroughly cleaned, dried, and left
    with doors slightly ajar.
  • Sofas & loveseats can be stored on end (off the cement floor) to save space and they should be
    wrapped with plastic covers. Cushions should be put in plastic bags and placed on top.
  • For extended periods of time, we suggest covering everything with plastic.
  • Moth Balls are an excellent insect and rodent deterrent.
  • Tables with removable legs should be broken down to save space.
  • When storing lawn & garden equipment, drain any gas and do not place on end or oil will leak all over.


  • Try to keep boxes in uniform sizes because they are much easier to stack. Label all boxes with the
    contents on the sides, not the top, so they can be read. Seal all seams with PVC tape. Dishes and
    glassware should be wrapped in unprinted newsprint, bubble wrap, or plastic foam and packed in
    dish-pak cartons with dividers. Stand plates, saucers & heavy items on end, on a cushioned bottom,
    and lighter glass & cups on top. Fill all empty pockets with paper, label all boxes "FRAGILE", and
    stack these boxes on top. Furniture with empty drawers can be utilized for fragile knick-knacks.
  • Pictures & Mirrors should be packed in mirror cartons, marked "FRAGILE", and should be stacked
    on end.
  • Mattresses & Box Springs should be wrapped in plastic covers and stored on end and off the floor.
  • Pack books in small cartons and on end and use paper to fill empty pockets.
  • Do not place boxes on concrete floor. Use pallets, 2" x 2" wood strips, or heavy plastic.
  • Do not pack anything that will freeze in the winter.
  • Clothing, curtains, and drapes should be stored on hangers. Wardrobe cartons are the best.



Customer Storage Insurance (CSI) is available through our associated carrier. The coverage is designed
for the unique needs of self storage tenants. CSI offers a broad range of coverage at affordable
rates. You can select the policy length and coverage level.

To find out more about the advantages of CSI, please obtain a brochure at the Bouma Self Storage
There is also an 800 number you may phone for any questions or concerns. Bouma Self Storage, Inc.
does not represent the carrier (insurance company) or tenant for CSI.


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