Our essential tips for packing items for storage

Whatever your reasons for putting items into self-storage in London, whether it’s long or short term, you’ll want to ensure that everything is packed away properly. Putting your stuff into storage will be a simple and straightforward operation if you follow our useful tips.

Keep your storage items clean and dry

Before you stow your valuables in one of our storage containers, make sure they’re thoroughly cleaned and dried. Be really scrupulous about this – you don’t want to trap any moisture when you’re wrapping items for storage as they can discolour and deteriorate. Take the time to do this properly now and everything will be ready to use when you take it out of storage.

Dismantle larger items for easy transport and storage

Many people use their self-storage in London to store furniture, and there’s no doubt our storage containers make ideal storage solutions for larger items. We recommend that you wrap sofa cushions and covers separately, remove legs from larger items like tables and disassemble beds, storing all the parts separately.

Wrap your furniture with blankets rather than plastic, as this will allow the items to breathe. Label everything clearly and attach all the fixing bolts and screws to each item in their own bag with the instructions. You won’t be surprised to know that preparation now means everything will be easy to put together again when it comes out of storage. Finally, never over pack your storage container as damp problems can occur if the air can’t circulate.

Box up your books

The best way to store your books is in sturdy cardboard boxes – banana boxes with lids from your local supermarket are ideal. Try to spread the weight around and make sure no box weighs more than about 12-15kgs so they’re easy to move. Stack your boxes of books as the first layer in your unit as they make an ideal base for stacking other more fragile items.

Check what you can store

Our storage containers can be used for just about anything, which is why they’re such a flexible and practical storage solution. However, there are certain items that we can’t store, so please check with us first before you start packing!

Chelsea Self Storage

At Chelsea Self Storage we have 30 years experience in providing the ideal storage solutions for businesses. We understand the optimal storage methods for archived documents and records and can help you calculate the right size of unit you’ll need to maximise your budget. With some of the lowest competitive rates in the capital, we’re convinced that we can offer a file management solution that’s just right for your business.

We are conveniently located near Kensington, a short walk from the Kings Road in Fulham, and have satisfied clients right across London who can testify to our capability and customer service.

If you need to reclaim valuable office storage space then contact us today and we’ll be happy to help you archive your records safely and securely.