Packing & Storing

Taking the time to arrange your goods efficiently will help you maximise your storage space.

Packing

  • When packing things in boxes try to fill the boxes completely to make the most of the space. If the box is not completely full, fill the rest of the box with packing foam to prevent the items moving and to give the corners more stability.
  • Try not to pack boxes too heavy as they need to be carried. Distribute the weight of heavy items if possible.
  • Use good quality, sturdy boxes and packing material. If the boxes are all of similar size it makes stacking them a lot easier.
  • Mark boxes containing breakable items as “fragile” so you will remember to place them in a safe place on top of other boxes.
  • Clearly label all box contents on at least 2 sides and the top, for easier identification.
  • Seal boxes with packing tape.
  • Use protective covers or sheets for covering mattresses and wooden furniture.
  • Equipment such as TVs, stereos, computers etc are best stored in their original boxes. If you no longer have the original box, find a suitable sized box and fill any extra space with packing foam.

Storing

  • If possible break down items such as tables and beds by removing the legs, and store large items like this on their end. Keep all screws, hex keys etc in a small, labelled bag taped to the furniture.
  • If you are likely to want access to something, store it near the front of the unit.
  • Stack heavier, sturdier boxes on the bottom, and the smaller, lighter and more fragile boxes on top – try not to stack boxes more than 4 high.
  • Stack the largest, flattest furniture items against the back and side walls of the storage unit.
  • Store couches on their end if possible.
  • Stack chairs on top of each other (seat to seat).
  • Make sure fridges and freezers are defrosted thoroughly and when storing them leave the doors slightly ajar.
  • Smaller items such as pots and pans can be stored in larger appliances like fridges and freezers.
  • Smaller boxes can be stacked inside shelves and wall units.
  • Extra delicate items can be bubble wrapped or wrapped in newspaper and put into drawers of your furniture.
  • Store bedding inside washing machines and dryers (make sure they are clean and dry first!).
  • Remember that Trentham Dry Storage do not allow you to store anything dangerous, illegal, hazardous or perishable. Commonly forgotten and forbidden items include the gas bottle from a BBQ, paint, or petrol in a lawnmower. If unsure, just ask.