Give Your Glasses A Break; Don't Let Them Break In Storage

Glassware is one of the most delicate items you can take to a self-storage facility. Treat your glassware like other items, and you are likely to find them damaged during retrieval. Your glassware doesn't have to suffer such a fate if you take the following measures:

Use the Correct Packaging

You need to use the correct packaging both in terms of type, size, and quantity. For example, each glass item needs to be packaged separately so that they don't crack by banging against each other. You also need to use a generous amount of bubble wrap or adequately thick packaging material to keep the items safe.

Use a Sturdy Box

Once you have wrapped up each glass item, you can then store them in sturdy boxes. Use a box that won't deform when it is being moved or when it is placed in the same place for a long time. The sturdiness also provides extra protection; you don't have to worry about your glassware shattering when they knock against each other or other items. Suitable box materials include wood, metal, or plastic.

Label Your Storage Boxes Properly

It is always a good idea to label storage boxes irrespective of what you are storing; it makes retrieval easy. For glass items, however, an extra motivation for labeling is to ensure that everybody handling the boxes understands that they are handling fragile items.

Don't Stack the Boxes Too High

There are two main reasons stacking boxes containing glass items is dangerous. First, you can't be sure how much weight the lower boxes can handle; you can easily crack the glass if you exceed the weight. Secondly, the upper boxes can easily lose their balance and fall, especially during retrieval. Stacking two or three boxes may not be a bad idea, depending on the type, size, and weight of glassware you are dealing with; anything higher than that isn't advisable.

Stuff Empty Spaces

Lastly, it's advisable not to leave any empty spaces between individual glasses within each box. The empty spaces will encourage the glass items to knock against each other — that isn't a good idea even if they are individually wrapped. Therefore, fill up the spaces using suitable shock absorbers, such as bubble wrap.

Hopefully, the tips above will help you to store your glass items without worrying about them breaking. If you're looking for a suitable storage location, contact companies like Cardinal Self Storage to learn about what types of units are available.