How To Pack Items Properly For Storage

When you are moving you have to protect your valuables and prevent them from damaging when you start to move and lift the boxes around right? Well, this might sound shocking but a lot of people don’t know how to pack correctly.

We have some tips to help you out and protect those delicate items such as antiques, mattresses, and furniture in the same condition while moving:

Fragile Mirrors, Framed Photos, Artwork and TVs.Packing

Fragile items such as furniture with mirrors and large frame pictures should be wrapped carefully with protective wrapping, such as bubble wrap. Blankets, sheets or felt can also be used to protect these items from being damaged while being moved or in storage. Boxes specifically designed for packing mirrors, TVs or large paintings can be purchased in our fully stocked retail shop inside our rental office.

Antique mirrors or framed artwork should be stored horizontally. This will reduce the likelihood of the item tipping over or collapsing under its own weight. Cardboard corners for mirrors and artwork can be added to protect the corners.

Upholstered Items.

Upholstered items such as chairs, sofas and mattresses should be covered with sheets, plastic covers or tarps to help keep the dust from settling, especially on wooden areas of the furniture.


Mattresses need to be stored flat, manufacturers recommend this for keeping it in shape. It may be more convenient to store your mattress standing, but when a mattress is stored upright, the coils and inner workings can shift and the mattress fabric can sag. If you have large boxes or flat furniture where the mattress will be stored, you can lay the mattress on top but don’t store items on the top of the mattress.

Sofas and Sectionals.

Place a sofa or sectional on its legs as if you were using it on top of pallets or boards. Do not store either up on its end, even if it helps create more room in the storage unit – unless for a very short period of time. This can cause stress to the frame of the sofa, especially the large over-sized ones that are quite heavy.

Antique Furniture.

Weak or heavy pieces of antique furniture should be disassembled prior to placing them in storage. Parts should be wrapped or boxed and marked indicating the name of the part and the item it belongs to. Screws and other hardware should be kept together and stored in a plastic bag and wrapped with tape or stretch wrap around the furniture piece needing to be reassembled.

Antique furniture should not be stacked on top of other items. Nor should other items be stacked on top of the antique furniture items.

Prior to storage, antique wooden furniture should be cleaned and sprayed with a quality furniture polish. Leather items should be treated with leather conditioner before being placed in a storage unit.  Metal furniture should also be wiped down with oil prior to storage.

All antique furniture should be inventoried and photographed for insurance claim purposes, as much of it can be quite valuable. An estimate of the value of the item and the cost of replacing it should be made and kept on file.


Chair legs, wooden arms and railings should be wrapped with bubble wrap for added protection. Disassemble any large items if you can easily. Clean and polish all furniture before placing into storage. If you are going to place items on top of flat surfaces like on a table or desk, be sure to place a blanket or something similar between the items to prevent damage to the finish.


Separate lamp bases and lampshades and wrap them for protection. Remove any light bulbs and pack them back into the light bulb boxes if you have them, or wrap them in bubble wrap and keep with the lamp. We also offer specialty lamp boxes for sale in our retail shop inside the rental office for added protection.

Our self storage property manager has great solutions and packing tips for you when you are moving. Don’t be afraid to ask for guidance because they might have important information to share with you. If you are planning on moving into a storage unit you can also rent with us online 24/7 and we can help you get started.

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