Storage Building tips and ideas
from storage experts.
When storing furniture you should:
Take the furniture apart, if possible, make sure
to mark the parts so you can easily reassemble them,
you should leave covers/sheets on furniture (if you
have any) as this will protect your furniture. Also,
put any screws or bolts you have left from disassembling
the furniture into a plastic bag and tape the bag
somewhere inconspicuous (so you do not leave tape
marks) on the furniture.
After you have disassembled a table you should put
any screws or bolts in a plastic bag and tape the
plastic bag to the underside of the table tops.
For beds, make sure to tie the bed rails together
To prevent scratching furniture you should:
For chairs, you should cover the legs and arms with
bubble wrap/newspaper, and also stack them seat-to-seat
with paper or cloth between them.
Between the floor of the storage unit you should lie
a pallet or some type of plastic sheet.
When storing precious and breakable items you should:
Put paper into empty, top and bottom spaces in carton.
Tip bowls, saucers and plates on their sides, and
use a dish pack divider for enhanced security.
Wrap the items separately prior to storing in dish
Wrap items with bubble wrap.
When storing paper items such as books and files
For your important documents, we recommended file
Place plastic sheeting on top of pallets to protect
Fill any empty space in your boxes and put the books
in flat to prevent movement.
When storing large appliances
and equipment you should:
Leave door slightly ajar. Make sure to clean and
your refrigerator or freezer before storing, and moisture
and mildew may damage it. It is best to leave the
door slightly open. You should also defrost your refrigator
Drain your washing machine.
Tie down all doors and parts that are moveable.
Store items inside your larger appliances.
When storing clothing you should:
Use wardrobe boxes which allow you to store your
clothing on hangers and save the shape of garments.
Leave smaller garments in drawers.
When storing kitchenware you should:
Cushion the space between each piece of kitchenware
When storing lamps you should:
Wrap both the shade and the base in bubble wrap and
store in boxes.
When storing tools and
gardening equipment you should:
Tie all long-handled tools together (i.e. hoes, shovels).
Pack hammers and other small tools in boxes.