Self Storage Tips

Self Storage Tips

Each container internal dimensions are Height 7’2” Depth 7’ Width 5’2”. They are industry standard containers the equivalent of say a box room.

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Guidelines for packing your container:

  • Distribute the weight evenly in your container, not all on one side.
  • Boxes should be filled completely and lids closed.
  • Protect your items with supplied moving blankets or use paper or bubble pack.
  • Place heavy items on the bottom, lightweight items on the top.
  • Heavy items should be packed in small boxes for easier lifting. Lightweight items can go in larger boxes.
  • Pack all your items as tight as possible using blankets provided. Avoid leaving open space where items can shift.

Tables and Chairs: Disassemble if possible, wrapping legs with paper pads to avoid scratching. Place any hardware in a plastic bag and tape to the underside of the table. Wrap the table top and place against the side of the container, not on the bottom.

Upholstered items: Couches can be packed on their feet, with a second couch inverted on top of the other for protection. A single couch can be placed on end, using blankets provided to protect the arm rests. Paper suite covers are available for purchase.

Mattresses: Place mattresses in a protective bag, and place along the side of the container. Mattress covers are available to purchase.

Rugs: After vacuuming rugs, roll up, tie with a rope. Do not fold.

Lamps: Place small bases in dresser drawers with paper or cloth padding, and large ones in boxes with wadded-up paper in the extra space. Shades should be placed in individual boxes with wadded-up paper in the empty spaces.

Beds: Tie bed rails together and use mattress covers for mattresses.

Bicycles and Tools: Clean and cover with a paper pad or moving blankets to protect your other goods from being torn. Small tools can be placed in a box together. Long handled tools should be taped together and placed in bin bag.

Clothing: Boxes are best for storing clothing. You can place shoes in bags and folded items in the bottom. Small garment items can be left in dresser drawers.

Mirrors and Pictures: Wrap mirrors and pictures in paper and bubble wrap and pack in a box. Do not lay mirror boxes flat. If possible, place between mattresses, or place on the side of your container.

Appliances: Clean thoroughly before storing. Drain all water and leave doors slightly ajar to prevent mildew. Tape down all moving parts.

Books and Papers: Pack in small boxes for easy lifting.

What will fit into a Self-Storage Container?

To assist you with your estimation, we have listed below an example of the approximate quantity of furniture you can place in one container. For example:

  • Fridge
  • Cooker
  • Washing machine
  • Bureau
  • Double bed and mattress
  • Single bed and mattress
  • 10 -15 Cartons (tea chest size)
  • Single bed and mattress
  • Double wardrobe
  • Single wardrobe (you can use the space inside a wardrobe if not dismantled)


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Efficiency, good humour and superb packing… nothing lost, nothing damaged.

Your employees dealt with the move in a courteous and professional manner at all times.


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