Feb 23 2017

How to pack for storage

As a general rule, everything that can fit into boxes – should, and anything that can’t – should be covered. Here are some tips on packing the most common items.

Electronics and computers

Where possible, pack all electronic equipment back in their original boxes and tape them closed, they should then be stored upright. If you don’t have the original boxes, wrap them in bubble wrap and store them in marked boxes. You should also remove the batteries from any battery-powered items as they may leak over time.

Fridges, freezers and whiteware

It’s really important that fridges and freezers are thoroughly defrosted, cleaned and dried before you store them. Once clean, leave the door wedged ajar to help them remain fresh. Ensure that washing machines and dishwashers are completely drained before storing. No items should be left plugged in or running.

Mirrors, windows, screens and paintings

All of these types of item should be protected by a packing material like bubble wrap or in a flat pack carton, and should be stored standing on their edges in an upright position, not lying flat.

Dishes and glassware

Place a layer of packing inside the bottom and top of cartons containing breakables. Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper. We don’t advise using newspaper as it can be very messy and possibly stain your items. Nest your cups and bowls, and stand plates, saucers, casserole dishes and platters on their edges. Fill in any gaps in the boxes with scrunched up packing paper or linen. Make sure you label all boxes containing fragile items like these and avoid storing heavy items on top of them.


All furniture should be thoroughly clean and dry before being stored. Wooden furniture should be polished and wrapped with corrugated cardboard. It’s a good idea to buy proper protective covers for these items. Mattresses and bed bases should also be wrapped or covered.

Precious items

Ensure that these are wrapped in acid free tissue paper and packed in boxes marked ‘fragile’.

Lawn mowers and other machinery

Drain the fuel and oil from all machinery and store upright. Lawn mowers are very prone to oil and fuel leakage when stored on their side and spillage can damage other goods in your space. Gas bottles from BBQs and heaters must be emptied before storing.

For tips on storing anything else, feel free to get in touch with our friendly managers by calling 0800 58 57 56.