Tips for Storing Fragile Items: Glassware, Art, and Collectibles


October 25th, 2023

When it comes to self-storage, one common concern for our customers at Cornerstone Storage is how to safely store fragile items like glassware, artwork, and collectibles. We understand the value and sentimentality of these possessions, and we're here to offer some valuable tips to ensure they remain in pristine condition during their time in storage.

1. Choose the Right Packaging:Proper packaging is essential. Use high-quality materials such as bubble wrap, packing paper, and sturdy boxes designed for fragile items. Avoid using old or damaged containers.

2. Wrap Items Individually:

Each item should be wrapped separately. For glassware, consider using bubble wrap or foam sleeves to protect fragile stems. Art and collectibles should be covered with acid-free paper and bubble wrap.

3. Label Boxes Clearly:
Clearly label each box with its contents. This makes it easier to locate specific items when you need them and handle them with care.

4. Use Climate-Controlled Storage:
For delicate items like artwork, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit at Cornerstone Storage. These units maintain a stable temperature and humidity level, preventing damage from extreme conditions.

5. Elevate Items Off the Ground:
Place pallets, wooden boards, or shelving in your storage unit to keep your fragile items off the ground. This precaution can help prevent damage in case of minor flooding or spills.

6. Avoid Overfilling Boxes:
While it may be tempting to maximize space, avoid overpacking boxes with fragile items. This can lead to breakage due to pressure or movement.

7. Store Art Upright:
For artwork, always store it upright to avoid pressure on the canvas or frame. Use specialized racks or shelves for paintings and framed art.

8. Maintain Adequate Space:Allow enough space between fragile items and the storage unit walls to prevent accidental contact or pressure that can cause damage.

9. Secure Your Storage Unit:

At Cornerstone Storage, our storage facility is equipped with top-notch security features. To ensure the safety of your valuable items, use a secure lock on your unit.

10. Regularly Check and Rotate Items:
Make it a habit to visit your storage unit periodically. Check for any signs of damage or shifting, and rotate items if necessary. This can help prevent long-term damage.

By following these tips, you can confidently store your glassware, art, and collectibles in your Cornerstone Storage unit, knowing they'll remain in excellent condition until you're ready to retrieve them. For added peace of mind, consider renting a climate-controlled storage unit at our Eudora, KS location. To get started, rent a storage unit at Cornerstone Storage today!

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