Packing fragile items for storing is a risky piece of business indeed especially due to the potential vulnerabilities that comes with it. You need to pack them carefully to ensure that they stay safe from any sort of vibrations, bumps or shocks which can result in their breakage.
In this post, we, the Clownfish Party Planner team in London, have come up with a few self storage tips that may come in handy for you. Let’s go through them without further ado.
Things to consider for choosing the right cushioning materials
- Will it be able to take the weight of the material comfortably for an extended period of time? Or will it compress over time as a result of that weight?
- Is it capable of withstanding multiple shocks? Or is a bump enough to damage both the material and the fragile item that’s kept on top of it?
- Will it be able to withstand the changes in temperature, humidity and air pressure? This point is particularly very important for you to consider in case your items are being shipped overseas via airplanes.
A few effective packing materials as far as cushioning fragile items are considered
- Packaging loose fills or peanuts: These are particularly used to tighten up spaces in a box (filling in the void to be more specific). The loose peanuts move around the object and interlock themselves at times when they are stressed. They are capable of withstanding multiple shocks.
- Paper: Kraft paper can be wrapped around fragile objects or wadded into box to prevent them from any sort of harm from shocks or bumps. These are more effective in comparison to plain newspaper.
- Inflated materials: Air-filled bubble wraps are capable of withstanding multiple shocks and prevent the objects from coming into further harm.
- Foam: Styrofoam that’s engineered to fit around objects to cushion them from bumps and shocks.
You can easily base your choice on the four materials listed above coupled with your projected budget.
Packing fragile items: Tips
- Make sure you get sturdy boxes
Most fragile items often break as a result of transportation via damaged boxes. Sometimes, this also results in a fall out where the item falls out of the box and shatters without prior notice.
So the solution is to go for a strong and sturdy box that’s more than capable of handling your item weights comfortably. Do ensure you get one.
- Use peanuts to fill in the void
You need to fill up those empty spaces in the box to ensure that your box soaks up pressure, bumps and shocks in the best possible manner and prevents your item from any sort of damage.
Peanuts can definitely come to your rescue.
- DO NOT pack boxes to full capacity
This is a decent enough practice that you can use to ensure that your packing box is not stress to its limit during transportation.
Packing box packed to the brim may put more stress on the edges which is something that can damage the box extensively. Any sort of damage that’s incurred directly to the box may indirectly harm the object(s) inside it. It’s therefore advisable to avoid this practice as much as possible.
- Use bubble wraps underneath for extra protection
Bubble wraps can greatly decrease the effect of bumps and shocks in case your box encounter one in transit.
Consider placing them below your items for extra protection.
- Make sure to label FRAGILE on the exterior of the box
You know there are fragile items in the box. We know there are fragile items in the box. But do they?
Therefore, it is your duty to make others know that the box contains fragile items in order and needs to be handled with care. We would heavily recommend you to label “FRAGILE” on the exterior of the box (just like the image depicted above) to make others aware of the same. Small things like that can work wonders you know.
So that’s it then. We hope the aforementioned tips come in handy for you.
For more information, you can easily contact our team directly or place your queries in the comments section below. We would be more than happy to help you. Ciao!