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How to Pack Fragile Items for Storage

StaxUP Storage | May 22, 2024 @ 12:00 AM

Are you planning a move or looking to store your delicate belongings for an extended period of time? Things like dishware, vases, electronics, and decor items need a little bit of extra care when they’re being packed to ensure they remain intact and undamaged through their journey. From selecting the right supplies to choosing the ideal storage environment, here's everything you need to know to protect your cherished possessions.

Before you begin packing, gather all the necessary supplies. Many StaxUP Storage facilities offer packing materials – including sturdy boxes in various sizes, bubble wrap, packing tape, stretch wrap, and packing paper or peanuts. Investing in high-quality materials is crucial to making sure everything stays safe while you’re moving in and while your boxes sit in storage.

Dust and dirt can accumulate on the surfaces of your belongings over time, potentially causing damage. That’s why it's essential to clean each item thoroughly before packing fragile items for storage. A clean surface not only helps preserve the items but also makes sure they’re still in pristine condition when you unpack them.

To prevent damage during transit or while in storage, wrap each fragile item in bubble wrap. While this may take some extra time, the added protection is worth the effort. And when you’re packing fragile items for storage, every bit helps!

Items such as vases and glassware should be filled with packing paper to provide internal support and prevent them from collapsing under pressure. This extra padding reduces the risk of breakage and ensures the items maintain their shape during storage.

Line the inside of your boxes with additional layers of bubble wrap or old clothing to create a soft cushioning layer. This padding helps absorb any impact and provides added protection to the contents of the box.

When loading items into boxes, place heavier items at the bottom and lighter items on top. This distribution of weight helps maintain the integrity of the box and prevents lighter items from being crushed. Be careful not to overpack boxes, as this can weaken them and increase the risk of damage.

After loading up your boxes, fill any remaining empty spaces in the box with packing paper or peanuts. These will be welcome buffers for the fragile items you’re packing for storage.

Proper labeling is essential for easy identification and handling of fragile items. Label each box with its contents and the room it's intended for. Consider adding "FRAGILE" labels to alert handlers to exercise caution when moving or storing the box.

Refrain from stacking heavy boxes on top of one another, as this increases the risk of crushing fragile items. Instead, opt for shelving units whenever possible to keep boxes off the ground and stop them from crushing each other.

For items sensitive to temperature and humidity fluctuations, such as art, books, antiques, electronics, or documents, choose a climate-controlled storage unit. These units maintain stable temperature and humidity levels, providing optimal conditions for preserving fragile items over time.

By following these tips, you can make sure your fragile items remain safe and intact during storage – whether you're moving or simply looking to declutter your space. With the right packing techniques and storage solutions, you can enjoy peace of mind knowing your cherished possessions are well-protected for years to come.

For the best storage options, rent a unit from StaxUP Storage and keep your fragile items secure in a trusted environment. Many of our available storage units are climate-controlled, so you can get only the best of the best. Contact one of our locations today to find a storage solution for your fragile items!

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