A List of Items to Storage When Moving

It can be hard to know what to protect and what things to put in storage when moving. Paintings and mirrors are fragile, so they need special care. The best way to protect them is to ensure they’re wrapped in bubble wrap and placed in boxes. 

They also should be covered with blankets or towels so that they don’t get scratched by other items and can’t get dirty while traveling. 

Mattresses and sofas are also essential to move carefully because they have springs inside them that might break. 

If you move these items incorrectly, using a hand truck rather than carrying one yourself is ideal, as well as chairs (which typically have legs).


Paintings can often be pricey and valuable. It doesn’t have to be material value – but it is the value, nonetheless. That is why paintings top the list of things you should storage when moving. Cover the frame and use a crate if you’re moving paintings with glass (or any artwork with glass). If the painting is small enough, you can place it in a box with padding or wrap it in bubble wrap and put it in a larger box. Paintings without the frame or protective glass can go directly into the crate..

If you have many paintings too big for crates, consider using an adjustable-height wardrobe-style rack designed for high ceilings—the kind that looks like a shelf on wheels (similar to this one from Amazon). 

These come in different heights, so choose one according to how many items you’re storing on it. 

If you have huge paintings that won’t fit into crates but can’t be hung on such racks, try putting them inside framed picture frames instead. This way, they’ll still be protected from accidental damage during transit.


Mirrors, especially heavy and large ones, are fragile and expensive to replace. This is why it is always a good idea to bring them to storage when moving. Make sure that they have padding around them and don’t let them get damaged during transportation.

Additionally, be sure not to let anyone run into the mirror or knock it over when moving items in/out of storage units or garages and on moving day itself!


Another on the list of items to put in storage when moving is mattresses. This should be done to protect them from moisture, first, and even bugs and small animals. Here is how you store your mattress:


  • If you have a box spring, use a box spring protector, so it doesn’t get damaged by the weight of the mattress.
  • If you’re moving your mattress around without a box spring, use a mattress bag to protect it from dirt and debris.
  • If you don’t want to deal with all that extra stuff, use an all-in-one mattress cover that covers both sides and the bottom of the bed in one piece (and comes in sizes to fit any bed).
  • For those who need extra comfort or support: put on a mattress pad before putting on your sheets; this adds some padding between your body and the actual bed itself


Choosing the right way to transport your sofa is an important decision that can save you time and money. Your moving company may offer furniture pads, but these are not always the best option.

Use a blanket or sheet instead of plastic wrap to cover your couch. Plastic wrap isn’t strong enough to protect against damage and can rip easily during transport. This method also has the added benefit of being reusable when you get where you’re going!

If you choose cardboard as a method of protection, remember that it can be difficult for movers (or yourself) to handle heavy objects wrapped in sheets of cardboard without damaging them further through rough handling. 

Cardboard also lacks structural integrity when applied directly against upholstery fabrics. Therefore, we recommend using paper instead of corrugated cardboard when packing sofas into storage containers or moving trucks.


If you have chairs in your home or the office, it is important to store them on their sides. This will ensure that they do not get damaged during the move. If you have a lot of chairs, you can stack them on top of each other and use a chair dolly to move them around.

Protect your valuables

When moving, you want to make sure to protect your valuables. Don’t just throw them in the back of your car and hope for the best. You could be doing more harm than good by not protecting them appropriately during transit.

Here is a list of items that can be damaged if not correctly stored:

  • Paintings or photographs on canvas or wood
  • Framed photos
  • China and glassware (dishes) * Electronics such as TVs, DVD/Bluray players, iPods, and laptops * Fine china plates and bowls–they can break easily if dropped


Moving is a stressful, expensive process. The last thing you want to worry about is whether your items will be safe while they’re in storage. We hope this list of things to put in storage when moving will help you with your next moving task. That’s why you must take the time to find out more about how best to protect them before moving day arrives.