5 Best Packing Materials & Strategies For Fragile Items

Putting your items into storage is a great move. It opens up more space around your home than you may realise you have. It also allows you to move to a new house smoothly, and without any real trouble. But if you’re storing items for a long time, there are precautions you need to take. Fragile items need some extra attention – even if you’re only storing them for a short amount of time. So take a look at this list of packing materials and strategies for storing fragile items. With these tips, long-term storage will be a long-term solution for you!

You mightn’t think of leather as fragile, but it is when stored wrong! Here’s a packing material to help

Leather is one of those things that always seems to cause people trouble when stored. The reason for that is simple: leather is an organic material that needs to breathe. Essentially, leather can’t be stored under plastic or crumpled up. When it is stored like that, leather can develop mould really easily. It can also dry out and crack. Leather is better stored under cotton. The cotton keeps the dust off an allows the leather to breathe. If you have leather jackets, they’re better stored on coat hangers. And before you store leather, make sure it’s well conditioned. That is the best way to give it a long healthy life in storage.

When should you use bubble wrap? Consult this fragile items list and find out!

Bubble is probably the most attractive material for storing fragile items; the temptation is always there to use it! But when can bubble wrap be used most effectively? Generally speaking, bubble wrap is most effective when used to store smaller fragile items. Remember, bubble wrap is still relatively thin, so it won’t actually offer a great deal of protection to larger, heavier fragile items. Ideally, a few layers of bubble wrap should be able to stop an item from breaking when dropped. If an item is too heavy to be protected in that way, bubble wrap probably isn’t the most effective material to use.

Packing boxes work well for some fragile items, but these items shouldn’t go in boxes

Packing boxes are the mover’s best friend. They can fit everything from stationery, to personal effects. But is there anything that shouldn’t go into storage in a humble cardboard packing box? In fact, there are a few things. First, on the list is electronics. Electronic items need a little more protection from moisture than cardboard can offer. For fragile electronic items, we recommend airtight plastic boxes. The second thing that shouldn’t go into cardboard packing boxes, if possible, is paper. Paper harbours mould better than most things, which means even a little moisture is bad news. Paper should be kept in filing cabinets, or plastic where possible.

Clothes can be fragile under certain circumstances; here’s how you should be packing them

Like leather, cotton and linen clothes need a bit of room to breathe; keeping them folded up in plastic normally attracts mould and must. If possible, we suggest keeping clothes on hangars in wardrobes. Of course, not everyone has a wardrobe to spare for their storage unit, so you may need some creative thinking. One alternative to wardrobes is portable hanging racks. The main thing is that your clothes can breathe.

One of the best fragile packing materials is a drop sheet: here’s when to use one

If we had to name the most robust and diverse packing materials for fragile items, it would be the drop sheet. Drop sheets are normally made from cotton, and are great for storing furniture and other fragile items. The cotton allows for fragile items to breathe, while also keeping dust and mould off their surfaces.

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