When you sign up for storage, you are responsible for how your things are packed. This means you’ll want to take every precaution to ensure that your boxes, furniture, and appliances are safely packed. Here are a few tips to help you to pack your storage container in the most effective and secure way possible.
Is Your Unit The Correct Size?
The last thing you want to do is realize you don’t have enough space to store all of your possessions. If you are unsure of the size you need we can always show you first.
Before Packing Your Storage Unit
Before you begin loading, you’re going to want to prepare your belongings. This means packing smaller items into boxes. Making sure that you don’t fill up huge boxes with heavy items. For smaller heavy items, use smaller boxes so that they are easy to lift. For lighter items, use larger boxes. Pack boxes tightly so that your items don’t shift inside – use bubble wrap or newspaper to fill up the empty spaces. Label every box so that unpacking doesn’t become a hassle.
If any of your furniture can be taken apart, do so. This will help you to save space within the storage unit and also reduce the risk of damage. Pick up some stretch wrap and use it to bundle dismantled furniture parts together. Also use stretch wrap to cover all of your upholstered furniture. This will help protect the upholstery from getting dirty and from getting damaged by other items while in transit.
Packing the Storage Unit
Once you are ready to begin packing your storage unit, we recommend you rent a dolly to make it easier for you to move larger pieces of furniture from your home into your vehicle and to the storage unit itself. Not only will the loading process go much faster, but you also reduce the risk of injuring yourself while carrying heavy furniture or boxes.
Once you’ve arrived at the storage unit use the dolly to begin loading the larger, heavier items into the unit first. These items can include couches, sofa chairs, refrigerators, washers, and dryers, just to name a few. Weight distribution is important, focus on the weight of your boxes especially. Don’t forget to pack upwards as well – if there’s space above that dryer, use it for some of your boxes. When you begin loading up boxes, make sure that you place the heaviest boxes at the bottom of the unit and stack progressively lighter boxes on top. We suggest picking up moving blankets to help fill up the empty spaces between your furniture, appliances, and boxes. This adds another layer of protection within the unit.
Mattresses are a great way to create barriers between sections and keep smaller boxes blocked off.
These are just a few tips that you should keep in mind so that you can pack your storage unit in a safe, secure, and efficient manner.