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How to Pack Items Properly For Storage

There are right and wrong ways to pack up for storage, it might sound silly but a lot of people pack incorrectly. Have no fear we have ideas and tips to help you the right way. Last thing you want is for your items to get damaged while you move and lift things around.

When packing your delicate antiques, furnished items, wooden furniture, and mattresses we can help you keep things in good shape while in storage:

Fragile Mirrors, Framed Photos, Artwork and TVs.

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 stock 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.

Furnished Items.

Furnished 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. Large over-sized sofas that are quite heavy can cause stress when stored on its side.

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.

Your self storage property manager can be a great resource for storage solutions and packing hints like the ones above. Be sure to ask them for guidance, they may have important information you wouldn’t have considered before. If you are ready to get your items packed and into a storage unit, you can rent one online now and get started.