Tips for Storing Fragile Items in Storage Units

Published on 11/23/2022

When you store your belongings in a storage unit, you want to make sure they stay safe and secure. You also don’t want to spend all your time worrying about whether or not your stuff is okay. Fortunately, there are some tricks you can use to keep fragile items safe in a storage unit. To start, let’s look at some of the common types of fragile items that people store in self-storage units.


China and Other Dinnerware

China and other dinnerware used to be extremely fragile, but modern ceramic and stoneware have improved greatly. Still, you should take some precautions when storing dinnerware. Avoid stacking items in boxes, which can put undue pressure on dishes. Instead, put delicate dinnerware items in low-density polyethylene (LDPE) bags. You can also wrap dishes with bubble wrap. You should also put dinnerware in cabinets or on shelves. If you don’t have enough cabinets or shelves for all the dinnerware you’re storing, put only the most fragile plates and bowls on the upper shelves. If you’re just storing dishes, you can use any closet or cabinet.



Many people display framed artwork on their walls at home. This can be a problem if you’re storing artwork in a storage unit. It’s better to frame artwork before you store it. It’s also a good idea to put a mat around the art, especially if it’s a painting. You can also put artwork in a frame or a gallery wrap. If you don’t want to frame or mat your artwork, you can also just put it in a box. You should, however, put it in a sleeve to protect the art. If you’re transporting a large piece of art, you should take the frame apart. It’s also a good idea to keep a record of the artwork you’re storing. If you ever want to sell the piece, you’ll need a record of it.


Electronic Equipment

Electronic equipment, especially things like computers and audio/video equipment, can be very fragile. This applies even more if you’re storing old computer parts. If you’re storing an expensive computer, you should take the extra step of putting it in a computer bag. You can also put other fragile electronics in a computer bag or in a box with a lot of soft packing peanuts or bubble wrap. If you have a lot of equipment to store, you should consider renting a storage unit that has climate control. This will help protect your equipment from extreme temperatures.


Sports Equipment

Many people store sports equipment in a self-storage unit. You should, however, be careful when you do this. You should not just throw sports equipment into a box. You should wrap it in cloth or some other protective material. You should also make sure the item is clean and dry. If possible, you should also store equipment in a climate-controlled unit. If you’re storing sporting equipment with other fragile items, you should keep it in a separate box. Be sure the box is big enough to accommodate the item. You should also be careful when moving it to the storage unit and while taking it out again. Sports equipment is often heavy, so you’ll want to take special care when lifting it.



You should be careful when storing glassware in a self-storage unit. You should keep it away from sharp items and other breakables. You should also keep it in a place where it isn’t too warm or too cold. Glassware is more likely to break if it gets too warm. You should also make sure the storage unit isn’t too humid. 


Fragile items can be challenging to store, but there are ways to make it easier. If you’re storing dishes, you can just put them in a cabinet or on a shelf. If you’re storing artwork, you can frame it or put it in a sleeve. If you’re storing electronic equipment, you can put it in a computer bag. If you’re storing sports equipment, you should wrap it in cloth or some other protective material. If you’re storing glassware, you should keep it away from extreme temperatures and humid conditions.