A Guide to Self Storage
A Guide to Self Storage


Correctly packing your storage or removal items ensures that all your goods are stored safely and without possible damage. AK self storage supply the full range of specialist packing materials.

We cover all your need from standard and oversize packing boxes, bubble wrap and packing tape to more specialised items like port a robes for clothing, specialist boxes TVs and screens of all shapes and sizes. Call us and we will advise on exactly what packing materials you need for any special items.

Listed below are some clear and simple pieces of advice that will help you pack and store your items:

Furniture Storage Tips

  • Ensure you empty draws, wardrobes and freestanding before moving them. Moving this type of furniture with items inside can cause damage and breakages. Pack the contents separately and refill the items once in storage.
  • To make best use of your storage area and reduce damage, remove legs from tables and or beds where possible.
  • Make sure your personal items and clothing are packed in strong cartons and ensure they are securely sealed.
  • Wrap your furniture seating cushions in plastic.
  • Don't leave food crumbs in your furniture (vacuum all items thoroughly to prevent attracting vermin).
  • Don't place furniture items directly on the floor, use plastic or some other padding or packing material to cushion heavy pieces of furniture.
  • Stack chairs seat to seat with cloth or paper separating them.
  • Place a cover over all furniture, especially sofa's, recliners and anything of value.

Storing & Packing your White Goods

  • Make sure all white goods (fridges, freezers etc) are empty, clean and dry before storing.
  • Leave doors slightly ajar to prevent mould build up.
  • A deodoriser placed inside fridges or freezers is also a good idea to maintain freshness.
  • If you pack items inside your fridges and freezers you scratch the insides or damage the shelving, best to leave them empty.

Storing Mirrors, Glass and any Breakable items

  • Wrap all breakable items separately in tissue or packing paper, box and ensure they are marked "Fragile".
  • Pack breakables in sturdy boxes.
  • Protect fragile items by wrapping them individually in packing paper (newsprint can be very messy and possibly stain).
  • Place packing in the top and bottom of cartons for added protection.
  • Place plates, saucers and bowls on their sides to prevent any breakage.
  • Empty space should be filled with packing paper.
  • Ensure you haven't stacked heavy items on top of cartons containing breakables.
  • Pictures and mirrors should be wrapped in cardboard or proper picture/mirror cartons.

Electronic Items

  • The original boxes are ideal to repack in.
  • If the original boxes are not available talk to your self storage centre about speciality boxes for electronic items.
  • Ensure all electronic equipment is clean and dry before storing.
  • Ensure that items above or on top of electronic equipment will not fall down or damage the surfaces.
  • If storing a refrigerator or freezer, be sure that the item is thoroughly dry and clean to prevent moisture and mildew from damaging any of your valuables. Store with the door slightly ajar.

Metal Items

  • To minimise rust in metal items such as tools, wipe the item with a few drops of oil before storing them away.
  • Pack these items away from goods that may be stained such as furniture.
  • Wrapping silver in NON ACID tissue paper or plastic bags can help reduce tarnishing.
  • Wipe chrome or cast iron with a little machine oil to help retard rust.

What you Can't Store

  • You can not store any goods that are hazardous, illegal, stolen, inflammable, explosive, environmentally harmful, perishable or that are a risk to the property of any person.
  • This includes items like petrol tins, paint thinner, full gas bottles or chlorine.

AK Self Storage centre can supply all your packing needs.

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