This Space Station Self Storage guide is part of a room-by-room guide aiming to help people moving home or using self storage find out how to pack and move their belongings safely.
Bedding, like sheets, quilts and pillows can be folded and wrapped tightly and stuffed in boxes. Don't forget to slip in some fragile items that will have protection inside the bedding.
Specially designed mattress covers or thick plastic will protect mattresses from harm in vans and lorries.
Simply grab your hanging clothes out of the wardrobe and put them straight in a wardrobe box. Measure the length of all your rails in centimetres, most wardrobe boxes have 60cms of hanging, so divide the whole length by 60 and round up to the nearest box size to find out how many you need. If you have 320 cms of rail, 320 divided by 60 is five, add an extra box for the additional 20cms and order six boxes for your move.
Shoes can go in the bottom of a wardrobe box.
Pack fragile items in with loose clothes, but do not overfill the drawers or make them too heavy. The drawers will be slipped out for the move, so wrap them with plastic or a blanket and tape it tight so nothing falls out when the drawer is lifted.
Jewellery and important documents
Either give these to someone else to look after or keep them with you during the move.
Cosmetics and perfumes
Check the bottles and containers don't leak and put them inside a strong box so they don't get crushed or squeezed.
Don't forget to pack an overnight bag for everyone so you don't have to root round in boxes as soon as you wake up after a move or find that you have locked all your personal belongings in self storage.
For more information about self storage in and around West London, near Slough, Uxbridge, Brentford or Isleworth, go to our web site for the latest deals and offers or call Space Station on 0800 131 36124.
Our friendly staff will give you the right self storage solution and help with free van hire. You can also buy all the packaging materials like boxes, tape and bubble wrap you need from our on site stores without renting storage space.