Tony Emerson

As a member of SpareFoot's SEO team, Tony writes columns about the best way to store commonly-stored items. He also writes about marketing, technology, and other fun stuff like zombies and IKEA furniture.

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The Best Coffee Shops in Austin

By Tony Emerson   April 17, 2014

coffee shops

If you ask a completely random Austinite about his or her favorite coffee shop, you’ll probably get a completely random answer. The cup runneth over with literally hundreds of shops in the city that get the job done. Usually, though, it’s the location, ambiance or availability of power outlets that sets these coffee shops apart. Since to most people coffee is coffee, your average Austin resident will tend to forgive–or at least place less importance on–the coffee itself and pick the nearest place to his or her home or office.

Fortunately for you, the reader, I’m no forgiving reviewer of coffee shops. To me and a small but adamant group of coffee enthusiasts (or snobs, depending on your disposition), some shops perform far above and beyond the norm in Austin.

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SpareFoot’s Guide to Long-Term Bicycle Storage

By Tony Emerson   October 9, 2013

mountain bike rider

There are a lot of reasons a bike gets put away for months or years–off-seasons, injuries, spare bikes that go unused. And whether you’re throwing the bike in a shed, garage, storage unit or spare bedroom, there’s a right way and a wrong way to store a bike.

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The Ten Commandments of IKEA Furniture: Part 2

By Tony Emerson   August 19, 2013

Man breaks overtigthening IKEA commandment

This is Part 2 of a two-part series about IKEA and other brands of flat-pack, ready-to-assemble furniture. For commandments 1 through 5, please refer to Part 1.

6. Thou shalt employ only one assembler per piece of furniture.
The idea that IKEA ends relationships is certainly overblown, but it’s rooted in a harsh truth: You’re better off alone. Adding another person to the mix creates an unnecessary layer of coordination and cooperation on top of the already stressful task. Because of the high likelihood of errors, tag-teaming an IKEA assembly project is tantamount to hosting in-laws for an unspecified period of time–you’re just asking for a disagreement.

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The Ten Commandments of IKEA Furniture: Part 1

By Tony Emerson   August 8, 2013

10 IKEA Commandments

This is part one of a two-part series about how to build IKEA and other ready-to-assemble (RTA) furniture. Click here for Part 2.

When it comes to budget furniture, nobody does it better than IKEA. But part of that cost-saving is labor–the labor that you put in to turn that flat-pack box into a piece of furniture. As with any DIY project, ready-to-assemble furniture is an adventure; a composite of tribulations and accomplishment.

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How to Store a Mattress

By Tony Emerson   May 28, 2013


It’s a common saying (especially in mattress store advertisements) that your mattress is one of your most important assets because you spend about a third of your life there. A mattress may cost you upwards of $1,000, which makes sense–a quality mattress can last more than 10 years with proper care.

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Family Photo Storage: How To Prevent Scratches, Fading, Water Damage

By Tony Emerson   December 12, 2011

This summer, the central Texas region experienced a serious drought that culminated in extremely destructive wildfires that raged through most of September. Although the fires didn’t reach our office in downtown Austin, families in neighboring cities like Bastrop, TX lost their homes. I always think about how emotionally trying it must be to evacuate your home in an event like this, where you may only be able to bring along an armful of your most treasured, irreplaceable belongings.

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Guns In Self-Storage Units: A Tough Shot

By Tony Emerson   November 9, 2011

Since my last blog post concerned emergency food storage, specifically for zombie-related emergencies, it’s time to discuss the other essential component of surviving a widespread zombie infection: Munitions. While some storage facilities have rules against storing food, almost all facilities have de facto restrictions on storing explosives, including ammo.

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Emergency Food Storage For The Zombie Apocalypse

By Tony Emerson   October 25, 2011

Emergency food storage is an extremely interesting topic for me for two reasons. First, I kind of consider myself a foodie. I’m no Anthony Bourdain, but I have read enough Yelp reviews to know what “umami” means. Second, I thoroughly enjoy playing out survival scenarios in my head. And, in my mind, the most probable survival scenario that will occur in my lifetime will be an infection that causes zombie-like behavior. Yes, zombies.

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Storing A Refrigerator: 4 Steps To Minimize Potential Damage

By Tony Emerson   May 11, 2011

A refrigerator is one of the most common appliances that people need to put in self-storage. At SpareFoot, our call center gets at least one customer per day who calls about storing a fridge. Luckily, storing a fridge is relatively straightforward, but because of the nature of a fridge— it’s built to retain moisture and will likely be used again to keep food— it’s important to take the necessary precautions to avoid mold, undesirable smells and pests.

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Storing A Boat

By Tony Emerson   April 12, 2011

The long-term storage of a boat, much like that of a car or motorcycle, can be a time-staking process. Whether you’re storing a fishing boat, sailboat, ski boat or even a yacht, the more work you put into storing a boat, the easier it will be to de-winterize and get back on the water. If you don’t have the time or mechanical skills to winterize and otherwise prepare your boat for long-term storage,  paying a boatyard to perform the labor is an additional cost of owning a boat.

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