Start by identifying how many boxes you need and put together a packing kit – boxes of different sizes, bubble wrap, tape, marker pens etc. – talk to our staff if you are unsure. We stock all the packaging supplies you will need.
Pack heavier items in smaller boxes to ensure easier lifting.
If you stack dining chairs make sure you stack them seat to seat with a cloth or brown paper to separate them.
Wrap pictures and mirrors in bubble wrap so you can store them standing up.
When packing furniture such as desks and tables protect surfaces with brown paper and wrap legs with bubble wrap or corrugated cardboard before you put them into storage.
Cover items such as armchairs, sofas and equipment with, for example, a bed sheet.
Always bubble wrap your breakables – use our packaging store for supplies.
Make sure that cardboard boxes are filled to capacity – half empty or bulging boxes may tip or collapse.
If you have important documents going into storage, they are best packed in archive boxes and labeled clearly on their sides or ends. Make sure once you arrive at your new space that you stack the boxes so you can read the labels.
If you use our boxes, either write the contents of each box straight onto the cardboard or use our labels, which you can stick to the sides and top of each box. This will save a lot of time when you need to access the contents.
Put your heaviest and bulkiest items in your units first to provide a good base for packing. It may seem obvious, but you should always stack lighter boxes on top of heavier boxes. You may even want to mark your heavier boxes with an ‘H’ when you pack, so you can quickly identify them when you are putting them in store.
Mark boxes with ‘fragile’ if the contents are breakable or use our ‘fragile’ tape.
To assist with air circulation in your storage space, avoid leaning furniture against walls and try to leave gaps when stacking furniture surfaces.
Think ahead and identify which items you may need to access more frequently and pack seasonal equipment such as skis or tennis gear at the front so they are easy to access.