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Shakespeare was once quoted as saying, “When words fail, music speaks.” Americans love our music, to be sure, and many people own instruments so that they can make their own music. If you are one of those individuals, there may come a time when you need to store your musical instrument in an off-site storage unit. Whether you are getting ready to move, you are an active member of the military who has just been deployed, or you need a storage unit for another reason, Homestead Storage is here for you. We know better than anyone that there are several important factors to consider when storing musical instruments, and today, we’ll take a look at a few of them. Let’s get started!

Storing Musical Instruments


If you are a Colorado native, you know how very cold it can get in the winter and how hot our summers can be. Storing your musical instruments in a traditional storage unit might get them out of your home or studio, but it won’t do much in the way of protecting them from being damaged by extreme temperatures. Strings on guitars, violins, and other stringed instruments can become brittle and break when exposed to extreme temperature fluctuations, as can delicate drum heads. Storing musical instruments such as these in a climate-controlled unit will ensure consistent temperatures at all times, regardless of the weather outdoors.

Humidity Levels

Northern Colorado is a fairly dry part of the state, but there are times when we experience periods of excessive humidity followed by drought-like conditions. Warm weather and severe storms can create quite the humid environment, placing brass and woodwind instruments in danger of damage if they are stored in a traditional storage unit. Excessive moisture can accelerate the corrosion process for saxophones, trumpets, and other brass instruments, and it can cause flutes, clarinets, and other woodwind instruments to swell, warp, and crack. When you are getting ready to store your musical instruments, always take into consideration whether or not they are sensitive to moisture.

Dirt and Dust

Temperature and humidity are likely to two biggest factors to consider when storing instruments, but you should also be aware of the amount of dirt, dust, and other debris that can enter your storage unit. Instruments that have small moving parts or electronics, like pianos and keyboards, can be damaged by dirt and dust, and removing the contaminant can be nearly impossible. The risk for this type of damage is much higher with a traditional outdoor storage unit. However, you can significantly reduce the amount of dirt and dust that infiltrate your storage unit by renting an indoor, climate-controlled one.

Need Climate-Controlled Storage for Your Instruments?

As a musician, you want to do everything you can to protect your instrument from being damaged, especially while it is being stored elsewhere. Homestead Storage in Greeley offers climate-controlled storage units that allow you to control the temperature and humidity levels in the space, and they work wonders for keeping unwanted dirt and dust out. Give us a call at 970-400-7144 today to learn more or reserve your unit online now!