Protect your sofas, beds, and mattresses
Tip 1: There are covers specially designed to protect a piece of furniture such as a sofa or chair. You will find them on sale at the reception of the Britwrap self-storage sites and other articles of packing material.
Tip 2: Place sofas and mattresses at the back to maximize space and avoid clutter.
Protect your bed well
Tip 1: Do not place anything near your couch or mattress that may discolor. Beware of newspaper used for wrapping or colored tissue paper. Therefore, prefer protective covers specially designed for packing and storing bulky furniture.
Tip 2: Be careful when putting the screws, nuts, and bolts back on the bed frame not to tear the upholstery.
Protect dining room furniture
Protect your table with a blanket
Tip 1: If a table cannot be disassembled, place a blanket on the cart or a piece of cardboard on the ground underneath it, and lay the table upside down, legs up.
Tip 2: Dismantle beds and tables. Place moving blankets or bubble wrap around table legs.
Properly position your chairs for better protection
Tip: Lay them upside down on sturdy tables.
The stretch film protects the sideboards and chests of drawers
Tip 1: Stretch wrap can keep cabinet doors or drawers closed when moving them.
Tip 2: Use the tops of dressers and sideboards to stack lightweight boxes and dresser drawers to cram small, fragile items.
Protect a lamp or a mirror
Use bubble wrap for your lamps
- Bubble wrap or moving blankets should be used to encase lamp bases and place them in a box designed for lamps.
- Remove the lampshade and the bulb.
- Wrap the bulb twice.
For the lampshade, choose cardboard of suitable size. Pack only one lampshade per carton. Wrap the lampshades in a cotton blanket or plastic sheet and loose sheets of paper to stabilize them in the carton. Glass lampshades and chandeliers should be packed in strong cartons like fragile glassware.
Use cardboard with protective angles for mirrors
Tip: On mirrors and framed artwork, use cardboard with protective corners. Avoid storing these items flat, as they may collapse under their weight. Instead, hold them upright and write “fragile” on them.
Protect your television with a TV packaging box
Tip 1: You’ve spent a fortune on a big-screen TV, so protect it well. Ideally, you should use its original protective packaging box with foam inserts. If you no longer have it, use large or medium boxes and wrap the TV well to be cushioned, using bubble wrap or sheets and towels.
Tip 2: Check that the box is ventilated and located indoors before storing televisions and computer monitors. They can freeze and break with extreme weather changes.
Store in a secure storage box
Tip 1: Use pallets or boards to avoid leaving your belongings on the ground and facilitate air circulation.
Tip 2: Cover furniture with old cotton sheets or canvas tarps to keep dust out while allowing air circulation and a ventilated room.
Make sure that the fabric upholstery of furniture, like the sofa, does not drag on the floor.
Tip 3: If you have used cleaning products on the furniture, let it dry completely before storing it, as residual moisture could cause mold to appear during storage in your cubicle.
Tip 4: Think about the storage box you need upstairs if you prefer indoor or outdoor ground floor access.
Britwrap site has large elevators and offers trolleys or hand trucks if your box is upstairs.
Tip 5: Use bubble wrap or corrugated cardboard to protect the corners and edges of valuables.
Tip 6: Avoid enclosing your objects or furniture in plastic, as trapped moisture can lead to mold and rot.
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