Choosing the Right Packing Materials for Different Items

Whether you’re moving house and putting items into personal storage units, storing stock and assets for your business, or a student storing possessions while you are away at University, you need the right materials for the job. Just throwing your belongings into the nearest box or bin-liner is a sure-fire way to end up with lost or damaged goods during transit or storage.

As one of the leading providers of storage in Leicester, we know a thing or two about packing your items away safely. In this article, we take a look at the best packing materials to keep your possessions in good order.


Let’s face it – you’re going to need boxes, but what kind and how many? This, of course, depends on what you’re transporting. If you’re moving heavy items, use smaller, stronger boxes – they’re easier to lift and offer less risk of over-filling. For lighter or smaller items, larger boxes are ideal as they allow you to store multiple items in a more space-efficient way. As you might guess, the smaller the boxes you use, the more you’re going to need.

Boxes come in a variety of sizes and strengths. Most boxes used for removals and storage are either single or double walled – this refers to the number of layers of corrugated cardboard that make up the structure of the box. Single walled boxes are a cost effective solution for lighter objects, while double walled boxes provide not only strength for carrying larger items but they are more suitable for stacking in a storage unit as they are less likely to collapse under the weight of the boxes placed on top.

There are some specialist varieties, too. These include picture boxes, which tend to be wide and long, but narrow – perfect for pictures, frames, mirrors, and even flat-screen televisions. Wardrobe cartons are another good choice. These comprise a tall cardboard box with a front-opening section and an integral bar to hang your clothes from.

Covers and bags

For soft furnishings, such as armchairs, sofas, and mattresses, you can get specialised bags and covers to protect them from dust while in storage. These containers and covers come in all standard sizes, so there will always be something to match your particular item.

Using bubble wrap to protect breakable items

Wrapping materials

Packing up your belongings requires more than just containers to put everything in. You also need to ensure your items are protected from bashing against one another and breaking during transit. Bubble wrap is always a popular choice for wrapping up your items, providing a good cushioning effect. If you prefer a more recyclable and eco-friendly options, packing paper is another excellent choice.

Quality packing materials available in Leicester

If you’re planning on putting your personal possession into storage in Leicester, MIGHTY Self Storage can help you. Not only do we have a range of storage options suitable for any size of project, we can also provide you with the right materials for packing things up safely. Call our team today on 0116 3653001 to find out what we can do for you, or to get a free, no-obligation quote.

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