Self-storage units are widely used for a number of reasons. Whether you’re moving house and using a temporary unit, transferring offices or you have a fair share of fragile items that you need to store outside of the home, this handy guide will assist you with useful tips so that when you pack fragile items, your belongings are not at risk of damage and will safely sit within the storage unit, whether it’s for temporary or longer-term use.
Basic packaging materials will not perform adequately to protect delicate items, therefore we have listed the specialised packaging materials that are required to protect such items from damage.
It’s vital to pack well and conscientiously when dealing with fragile and easily breakable items, and as self-storage experts, we understand exactly how specific items should be packed in order for them to live successfully in a self-storage unit temporarily or permanently.
China and glassware
Wrap each plate, cup, or glass separately in a protective material before placing them into the box. Once you’ve added one item, insert another layer of scrunched up paper or bubble wrap before putting additional items on time. Continue forming the layers until the box is almost full but still comfortable to lift.
When it comes to plates, always be wary of over packing. Crockery is best packed upright with layers of paper or bubble wrap to separate them, but do be aware this can put more pressure on the base of the box.
Top tip: don’t forget to fill glasses, mugs, and cups with scrunched up paper, this will decrease the risk of them breaking while moving from A to B.
Special and historical antiques should be treated with extra care. Wrap mirrors and artwork in protective covering; bubble wrap followed by a thick blanket works incredibly well for this kind of item. Boxes specifically designed for large paintings and mirrors can be purchased at packaging supply stores.
Once you have securely packaged your fragile items and they’re ready to go, follow these steps to ensure safe packing:
Use large, bold black or red writing to make it known that your box must be handled with care. You can makeshift these with paper and packing tape, just as long as yourself and others are always aware that your items are fragile.
Nobody wants to pay for space they don’t need, and at Your Store Exeter, you don’t have to.
Only you know how much stuff you have to store, but the friendly Your Store Self Storage staff are always happy to help if you are unsure. If you require a self-storage unit, please contact us today to learn about pricing and accessibility.