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5 Tips for Long Term Storage Items and Supplies

Whether you’re downsizing, travelling, moving, or decluttering your home, you need a long-term storage place to keep your items safe and out of the way until they’re needed again.


If you’re not ready to let go of current but potentially useful or cherished possessions; Storage Containers are an affordable and convenient option – no matter if it’s six months, after a couple of years, or when your children grow up and have homes of their own.


So, let’s take a look at the process for long-term storage, to ensure those cherished items stay safe and in excellent condition while they’re being stored.

Decide What Items to Put in Storage


You have to start somewhere, and the best way to get organized is to take inventory and decide exactly what items you want to put into storage.


This process can be a fun trip down nostalgia lane, but try to stay on task! 


When going through your belongings, deciding what items to choose, ask yourself these questions:


  • Do you (or a family member/ friend) need it?
  • Is it functional?
  • Is it in good condition?
  • Is it high quality and durable?
  • Is it expensive?
  • Is it difficult to find or impossible to replace (antiques, works of art, collector’s items, etc.)?
  • Does it have any sentimental value (a family heirloom, a keepsake, a personal favourite, etc.)?

These questions will help you assess the worth and usefulness of your items, which will help when you’re deciding what to keep and what to throw away, or donate. 


Ultimately, if you answer yes to more than 2 of these questions, then you probably want to keep the item and have it safely stored. 

Prepare Your Items for Long-Term Storage


Once you’ve chosen what item you want to put into storage, the next step is making sure they are ready to be put away.


You want to ensure that you organize the items you plan to put into storage in a systematic way that makes sense to you and allows for easy retrieval if, and when needed.


You don’t want to forget what you have in storage, so create a detailed inventory list of the items and note the value and condition of each item. Keep an electronic copy of the inventory list online for quick reference, but make sure you have paper copies, too.


Now, to prepare the items to go into storage, you’ll want to:


  • Thoroughly clean each item to prevent stains from settling in permanently – wash fabric materials, wipe wood surfaces, disinfect appliances, vacuum upholstered furniture, etc.
  • Make sure the items are dry before packing them – any remaining moisture can lead to mould growth and/or other kinds of moisture damage.
  • Disassemble larger furniture to reduce the risk of damage to your bulkier pieces and save space in the storage unit.
  • Make sure all water is completely drained from the attached hoses and/or internal mechanisms of kitchen appliances.
  • Tie down and secure cables, hoses, and electrical cords.
  • Treat leather items with a leather conditioner.
  • Wrap fragile items, sensitive electronics, pieces of art, and any other delicate or valuable items individually in soft packing paper.

Pack Your Items for Long-Term Storage 


First things first: use appropriate long-term storage boxes


To keep your items protected for the storage period, you need to use the right type of packing containers – strong boxes in top condition that are absolutely dry and clean.


Do not use old boxes from a grocery store, or anything along those lines. They will not likely be completely clean, and they may not be able to withstand stacking and could fall apart after a couple of months. 


It’s recommended that you buy new boxes that are sturdy and will potentially last for years. Plastic containers are also a viable option – they stack well, are resilient, and waterproof.


Don’t use plastic bags. They can trap moisture and cause mould, and can easily rip. Also, trying to stack plastic bags would be a nightmare, and an accident waiting to happen. Just avoid them entirely.

Pack Your Items with Extra Care


The difference between preservation and deterioration of your stored items often comes down to proper packing. 


This is perhaps one of the most important parts of the process, so take your time and make sure it’s done right.


Here are a few pro tips to get you started:


  • Pack similar items (books, toys, kitchen items, etc.) together.
  • Line the bottoms of the boxes with crumpled paper for cushioning and insulation.
  • Place heavier items on the bottom of a box and lighter ones on top.
  • Fill boxes to their full capacity – otherwise, they may cave in when stacked and cause damage to the items inside.
  • Be careful not to overload the packing containers or make them too heavy.
  • Provide plenty of cushioning inside the boxes – crumpled paper, bubble wrap, towels, old clothes, etc. 
  • Make sure any padding materials you use are completely dry and clean.
  • Seal the boxes well to prevent dust and moisture from getting inside.

It’s also a good idea to label all the boxes and containers with any relevant information needed, such as FRAGILE, THIS SIDE UP, etc. You want to ensure your most delicate items are handled properly and with great care. 


For anything that can’t be packed into boxes, such as furniture and appliances, you can use old sheets, plastic covers, or blankets to keep them from being damaged.


Do not store hazardous items (flammable, corrosive, or explosive materials), perishable items (food, medicines, etc.), or items that produce odours.


Furniture:


Clean the furniture, dismantle larger pieces, rub down metal parts with oil, apply furniture polish on wooden surfaces, and treat upholstery with fabric/leather protector. 


Appliances:


Defrost refrigerators and freezers, drain the water from washing machines, dishwashers, and driers, clean the appliances (add baking soda to the cleaning solution for proper disinfection), and secure hoses and cables.


Electronics:


Ensure electronic devices are dust-free. Wrap them in soft packing paper, and place them in their original boxes, or ones of similar size and quality if you don’t have the originals. Fill any empty spaces in the storage containers with packing paper or anti-static packing peanuts and seal the boxes tightly so no dust or moisture can come in contact with your stored electronics.


Clothes:


Wash your clothes, make sure they are completely dry, hang them on a clothes bar, and store them in wardrobe boxes.


Leaving them folded up in a box will cause stress tears in the clothing material and won’t allow air to circulate around the clothing items. 


If you can’t hang your clothes, use vacuum-sealed bags to store them (the same applies to bedding and curtains as well).


Books:


To make sure your books are dry, leave them in a room that gets plenty of sunlight for several days before packing them up. If needed, use a dehumidifier in the room to ensure the books are 100% dry. 


Wrap valuable books or books with leather covers with packing paper, arrange the books flat in small boxes and make sure they are sealed.


Dishes:


Wrap each dish individually and pack them in well-padded boxes. Put plates, saucers, and bowls on their sides and cups and glasses with their rims down. 


You can put smaller dishes in larger ones, but make sure they’re well wrapped. Add extra padding in the boxes and seal them tightly. Store delicate and expensive dishes in a specialized dish pack.


Artwork:


Paintings, mirrors, and framed pictures should be stored in specialized picture boxes. Wrap every piece individually in packing paper, then in bubble wrap, and place the bundles in the boxes.


Use masking tape to make a large “X” on glass surfaces (this adds strength and prevents shattering). 


Tools:


Clean the tools and wrap bubble wrap around sharp edges. Pack small hand tools into a toolbox or a strong small or medium-sized packing box. 


Bundle long-handled tools and wrap them in protective blankets. 


Pack electric power tools in their original boxes or use ones of similar size (remove any detachable parts and take out the batteries first). 


Drain the fuel from gas-powered tools before packing them for storage.

Pack Your Storage Unit Safely and Efficiently


Now for the final stage: packing the storage container!


First, you want to make a plan. Decide what goes in first, then line the floor with a plastic sheet or tarp. Another good idea is to keep your items off the floor, so wood pallets or cinder blocks could be used to build a protective base.


Some things you want to keep in mind:


  • Distribute the weight evenly.
  • Pack your container tightly.
  • Keep stability in mind.
  • Be mindful of access.

We recommend checking out our 10 Helpful Tips For Packing A Storage Container for a more in-depth look at these points, and more tips on how to pack a storage container.

That’s a Wrap


It takes a bit more than just piling a bunch of stuff into a container and calling it a day, but with a bit of planning, you can ensure your cherished possessions will stay safe.


If you follow these handy tips, your properly stored items will remain in top condition and will be ready to use when you need them again.


If you have more questions about long-term storage, don’t hesitate to contact us any time!
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5 Downsizing Office Tips: Why You Need Onsite Storage For Your Business

Running a business is stressful. Of course, there is always the small day-to-day stuff that might add stress, like managing excess inventory or office essentials. But recently, there has been an increase in stress due to COVID-19 and the fluctuating regulations.


The pandemic has forced many businesses to adapt and to survive. Many small businesses have been looking into ways to reduce their monthly costs due to the pressure of the past year. Due to this, there has been a trend in businesses downsizing or moving, as many people have been working remotely or working from home. For many, this has meant having to consider downsizing their office space to reduce overheads.


When you’re growing a company; sufficient space for all your operations can be hard to come by. 


Whether you’re working from home, building a full team of employees, or seeking ways to cut overhead expenses, storage can have tremendous benefits in a number of ways.


Let’s take a look at 5 ways your business can benefit from using on-site storage.

1. Free Up Your Workspace and Declutter Your Office

A recent study conducted in the United States revealed that an average person spends one year of his/her life looking for lost or misplaced items and the average office employee spends 1.5 hours a day (6 weeks per year) looking through their desks and drawers trying to locate important things.


Bottom line: clutter takes up a ton of room in your office or storage room and can create a chaotic environment. 


An office space should be a place where you can focus on your work; however, with excess clutter, it becomes more difficult to work productively. 


Storage is a core necessity for an organized life, be it a home or an organization. Portable storage units, in particular, are a great way to keep items and belongings safe while also being cost-effective, convenient and accessible.


On-site storage is the perfect way to deal with all that clutter that’s been building up in the office that you can’t just throw away.


That way, you can clear up some of that precious office space and keep your things close by for convenient retrieval whenever they’re needed. 

2. Reduce Operating Expenses

Most of the time, it doesn’t make sense to rent out a building or a part of a building to just store furniture or computer monitors that are not in use. 


You could instead use portable storage units that come in a variety of shapes and sizes to meet your needs.


Reduced operating hours, and reduced services mean reduced revenue, so businesses need to find a way to reduce expenses, as well, so they can keep their doors open and remain in business.


On-site storage can be a convenient way to store extra office equipment and furniture if you have had to temporarily downsize staff, or downsize your office space.


This way, the equipment and furniture are still there for you to use when you’re finally able to expand and grow again, which can save you a ton of money if you have to replace everything – and it will keep everything safe and in excellent condition for when you need it.

Storing your items also costs a fraction of the price of commercial property rentals, plus you have easy access day or night.


Whether your business is closing for good or awaiting more stability to reopen, portable storage is a great way to help maintain your inventory and supplies until they’re needed.

3. Seasonal Equipment and Supplies

Depending on your business, you may have a large inventory of seasonal equipment or supplies that take up a lot of space that you could be using more efficiently.


It can be expensive to replace supplies and decorations every season, and if your business has seasonal offerings, your inventory could drastically change from season to season.


On-site storage allows you to keep your seasonal equipment and supplies safe and secure while keeping them close by for convenient access whenever they’re needed.


Portable storage units will drastically reduce the risk associated with moving goods and items frequently and will ensure that delicate items are protected from wear and tear by not having to move too frequently. 


Your storage items have very little chance of getting wet, damaged from being moved around or being affected by any potential condensation, while they are stored.


4. Safety and Security

When it comes to your small business or home office, safety and security are of utmost importance. 


Realistically, you can’t afford to leave your valuable business documents, inventory and merchandise unprotected. 


That’s why portable storage units are equipped with premium safety and security features to give you peace of mind when you need it most.


One of the greatest advantages of portable storage units is the security that they come feature-packed with. 


While the storage units are being used, you can use your own padlocks to keep them under lock and key, meaning you will not have to worry about the safety and security of the items while they are stored. 


This is especially great for high-value items, confidential documents and agreements etc.

5. Streamlined Inventory Management and Equipment Storage

From retail to sales to lawn care to e-commerce, a wide array of industries encounter the need for more storage solutions. 


If you’re lucky, it won’t hinder your productivity or ability to work – but often, it can. 


And when you’re simply focused on the many tasks at hand, keeping your physical space organized is probably the last thing on your mind.


Some items that commonly consume space in commercial buildings and offices include:


  • Excessive inventory
  • Sales and marketing collateral
  • Tools and equipment
  • Office supplies or materials
  • Paper records and documents
  • Unused office furniture

Whether you have a surplus of goods or have to pre-order supplies, inventory, or sample products consistently, it can be a struggle to keep it both organized and out of the way. 


When your business grows and sells even more, that spare closet or bedroom likely won’t provide the most sustainable storage.


Using on-site storage is a fantastic solution to streamlining your inventory management and keeping your office space clean and organized. 

Final Word

No matter the contents of your unit or the length of time you will be using it, your belongings deserve the utmost protection. 


You can find the perfect storage unit at any one of our locations. 


Contact us online here or call 519-749-9331 to get started and see how on-site storage can help advance your small business to the next level!

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5 Ways Your Business Can Benefit From a Mobile Storage Space

When your business grows, it’s only natural that the items you accumulate grow with you. Are you finding it harder and harder to find or make space in your business? Don’t worry, you’re not alone.

Whether you’re looking to make more space in the office or keep those confidential files under lock and key, you’re only limited to what you can think of with a mobile storage shipping container. 

Mobile storage shipping containers can be a huge benefit to a business in any industry and this is because of how versatile and reliable a shipping container can be when it is used as storage space! 

Let’s go through the 5 ways your business can benefit from using a mobile storage space. 

Short-Term Storage 


Are you moving or renovating? Or maybe the new distancing guidelines may warrant you needing more space – there are many reasons you might need an extra bit of space for a little while. 

When going to the office means following distancing policies, make sure you can accommodate your employees safely and quickly. 

That’s where a portable storage container comes in handy! 

Save yourself the trouble of hiring a moving crew, trucks, and a storage locker when you can have your personal, portable on-site storage space delivered to you. 

When you rent a mobile storage shipping container, all you have to worry about is:

  • Room on your property for the container
  • At least 14 ft of vertical space
  • Packing your items

We’ll take care of the delivery and pick up of your container, so you can focus on what really matters – running your business. 

Another benefit of renting a shipping container storage pod is having on-site storage space right on your property. 

On-Site Access 


When we talk about on-site storage, we’re talking about everything from storing documents to keeping your power tools out of harm’s way. 

A portable storage container provides a secure and cost-effective way for businesses to store expensive tools, spare office furniture, and archive confidential documents, such as tax records, right on your property.

If you work in an industry that requires fluid amounts of storage space, such as home decorators, realtors, or staging companies, portable storage with on site access could be the perfect solution for you. 

You can store furniture or equipment on your property, and it will stay clean and undamaged until you’re ready to use it. 

Our containers all come with walls made of 1.5″ steel and ISO certified; they’re fireproof, pest-proof, and waterproof. In short, they’re designed to be the best storage space that can take a beating, all while keeping your items safe. 

Renting a portable storage container is like having a vault delivered to your doorstep, and what you do with that space is limitless. 

Extra Work Space

What’s that? You’re not looking for more storage space? Well, what about more workspace? 

If you’re looking to prepare your office for social distancing, or just need some extra workspace, a mobile storage space is much more cost-effective than extensive and pricey renovations, making it a great option for a safe and secure office space. 

A quiet space to work in can be fantastic and can even help improve productivity, especially when working in a crowded office space, or even working from home in a full house. 

A little getaway office can be perfect for getting in some uninterrupted work hours. 

What kind of work could you do in an outdoor container?

  • Isolated office space
  • Recording studio
  • Workshop
  • Art studio
  • Maintenance Closet 
  • Groundskeeping 

All of our containers come with hardwood floors and can act as an office workspace. The number of options you have is only limited by your creativity, whether it’s a custom office or a work area away from the main office space that offers some privacy or extra room.

So, if you want to expand your workspace or the services you offer “in-house” (no pun intended), then a storage container could be an inexpensive way to get it done.

Inventory Management 


With the holidays passing us by, finding room for extra stock is a real concern, and with a portable storage pod, you can make sure all your stock is kept safe, no matter where or how long. 

It’s a great way to keep surplus supply under control and offers easy access when you need to replenish stock. 

If it doesn’t fit on your shelves or needs to wait to be displayed later, or, if you want to purchase clearance stock in advance at a great price point, but don’t have the room to store it all, portable storage could be the answer for you. 

Built like a heavy-duty vault, a portable storage container was designed to keep stock safe and secure while travelling long distances. 

While on-site storage is a benefit, if you’re unable or don’t wish to keep your container on your property, we can take it off your hands and keep it at our storage facility.

As long as everything is packed correctly and objects are secured, you can rest easy knowing that your belongings will be secure during their trip. 

You’re the only one with a key to your lock, so there’s no chance of anyone accessing your belongings. 

Travelling Storage 


Having your storage space delivered to you is great, but what about having your storage space travel with you? 

Suppose you’re a travelling business and are looking for a secure and dependable way to bring your stock with you. 

If you have a flatbed truck that can hold a container, portable storage could be the solution you’re looking for.

Landscapers and construction companies are often working in multiple sites and need storage for equipment and tools. 

Not only is portable storage convenient, it will also keep your equipment and tools clean, safe, and secure. 

Portable storage offers flexibility for businesses with changing job locations, security from theft, and can save employees and contractors valuable time if they don’t have to drive to a separate location, which is often inconvenient, to pick up equipment or supplies.

We can deliver the container to you and load it onto your truck. From there, you have a mobile inventory! 

Our containers come with hoops and hooks for you to tie down large objects with straps for added safety. 

That’s a Wrap

So, now that you know how a mobile storage container can benefit a business, you can fill out the form below to get a quote instantly to get you started. 

Check out our Practical Sizing Blog to figure out precisely what size of container you’ll need. If you’re thinking about undertaking a project but are curious about how our process works, this blog is a great way to learn what to expect when you rent a container with Mobile Storage Rentals.

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Getting Your Office Social Distancing Ready

It’s been nearly a year since the COVID-19 lockdown began, and there is still no clear end in sight. That doesn’t mean we can’t plan for the future, though!

So, let’s talk about what we can do to get our offices ready for social distancing.

While many of us now work from home, there are still plenty of offices that remain open, so following social distancing protocols is paramount to staying safe and healthy.

There are the basic, common-sense rules, such as:

  • Promoting personal hygiene.
  • Ensuring physical distance.
  • Avoiding handshakes.
  • Getting your own coffee.
But what further steps can you take to ensure your safety and the safety of your colleagues?

1. Use Social Distancing Signs


One of the first things businesses can do to implement social distancing is to set up social distancing signs. This tip is relatively cost effective and simple to do, there are many local businesses who can print these signs for you. If a printing shop is not available, you can print your own and use some tape! The hardest part may be the planning factor before you stick your signs on the wall or the ground.

These signs can be displayed on floors, sidewalks, storefronts, and windows to indicate one-way aisles and to remind customers to keep their distance. It has also been used for employees to remind them to keep their distance from others while they are working. These signs keep people safe and ensure they can work productively without feeling intimidated.

Floor signage and other social distancing signs are a simple way to help give people direction and to create a simple flow that adheres to social distancing rules that people can easily adjust to. They also serve as a visual reminder of how much space to leave for people so that everyone can remain safe.

Many employees will feel safer while continuing their work during this time and feel protected by their employer. This is a great way to continue to boost your employee morale at this time.

2. Rethink The Way You Schedule Shifts

Consider implementing flexible work hours or rotational shifts to limit the number of employees in the workplace at the same time.

Use the time between shifts to properly clean and disinfect your workstations.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also suggests you:

  • Develop other flexible policies for scheduling.
  • Telework (if feasible).
  • Create leave policies to allow employees to stay at home to care for sick members or care for children if schools and childcare close.
You could adjust schedules, so one team comes in one day and another team the next day. Many larger companies apply this tactic to keep their employees safe and to ensure they are doing their part to stop the spread of the virus. Many of these companies utilize ‘pods’ which means a group of the same people will always work together. This helps ensure your employees are not mixing with any ‘pods’ bubble.

For example, people in Group A are only scheduled to work with Group A. People in Group B are only scheduled to work with people in Group B.

A schedule may look like this:

  • Weekday, Morning Shift → Monday – Friday: Group A
  • Weekday, Afternoon Shift → Monday – Friday: Group B
  • Weekend, Morning Shift → Saturday – Sunday: Group C
  • Weekend, Afternoon Shift → Saturday – Sunday: Group D
In this way, you can ensure you are doing your part to stop the spread of the virus, and to also keep your employees safe.

3. Redesigned Workspaces


This option requires more effort but is possibly the most important aspect to consider. Many office spaces are tight and crowded, leaving employees at great risk of infection. To alleviate this, you can adjust the workspaces to accommodate the new protocols. Where possible, you want to create social distancing partitions and barriers between employees. You may have seen this done in your local grocery store or your favourite fast food restaurant.

In an office setting, in addition to spacing workspaces, you can add physical barriers between people. You can achieve this by raising cubicle walls or adding plexiglass dividers between workspaces, as well as in the break room or other common areas where people sit together.

In manufacturing, warehouse facilities, and other open-space workplace settings, you can use bright, bold-coloured graphic stripes to mark pathways and indicate where people may stand while maintaining a safe distance from one another. This can be done by using our first tip and adding social distancing signage.

Rethink how people move through the office or workspace, you can do this by making hallways and stairwells one-way only and put up signs to make it clear.

Think of road markings but for the office. With room dividers, you can create flexible routing in the areas where people are most likely to come into contact with each other.

Portable storage containers can be a perfect solution for storing extra office furniture, tools, and supplies! This can make the transition of your redesigned work areas much easier and can keep your equipment onsite for easy and convenient access.

4. Inform Your Customers


Now more than ever, communicating with your customers is critically important.
Letting them know you’re open for business and informing them of the measures you are taking to safely open back up or stay open is important to every customer who is seeking your business.

There are plenty of quick, cost-effective ways to do this, such as:

  • Updating your website.
  • Updating your Google My Business page.
  • Updating your social media channels.
  • Sending emails.
  • Placing temporary signs and banners inside and outside your business.
Be sure to include the new precautions you are taking as they change to keep your customers as informed as possible.

5. Keep It Clean / Wear a Mask


This kind of falls back into those common-sense actions we can take to help prevent infection and to keep ourselves and those around us safe and healthy.

This includes:

  • Cleaning and disinfecting high-touch surfaces (e.g., doorknobs, light switches, toilet handles, sink faucets, work stations, cash registers, shopping carts).
  • Ensuring there is enough soap, paper towels, disinfecting wipes and hand sanitizer available.
  • Provide face masks for your employees and even for your customers before they walk in the door.
You can also put measures into place so that people can clean their own desks.

It’s true that keyboards and laptops are dirty, but it’s mostly your own bacteria. However, this is not the case with hot-desking (or hotel seating).

Therefore, it’s better to assign every employee to a fixed workstation. Only practice hot-desking if you can make sure that the tabletops and office equipment are sanitized regularly.

Also, you can consider switching to desks with special anti-bacterial tabletops.

That’s A Wrap

After months of self-isolation, people might be eager to get back to the office. However, practicing social distancing is crucial to our health and safety.

We know how important maintaining your business is right now while keeping your employees and customers safe, which is why we’re offering this handy guide for free!

We all know the rules by now. Stay at home if you cough, have a fever or shortness of breath. Sneeze or cough in your elbow and don’t touch your face. While these are general COVID-19 rules, there is also a need for the new office etiquette.

Some people might be fearful of returning to work. The choice should be up to them, so be aware of peer pressure from colleagues.

Everybody has a different background and approach to dealing with this crisis.

As we’ve seen in the past months, working from home in teams is also working out for most office jobs. So striking a balance between working from the office and home might be the perfect solution to slowly be getting back to a new normal.

We’re in this together, so let’s help each other out in whatever ways we can!
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Practical Sizing Guide to Help Plan Your Next Move

“How much storage space do I need?” This question comes up at least once during any project. Whether it’s a move or a renovation, it’s nice to have the answer to “what size storage container do I need?”

While we wish we could know the exact size you specifically need, we wanted to help make your project as easy as it can be. So until we can read your mind, we’ve made a guide to help you plan and find exactly how big of a mobile storage container you’ll need.

How To Use This Guide

We’ve gathered the average sizes for many objects found in a typical business or home. Using our handy tool below, you can either calculate based on how many of an item you have or find an object of a similar size. So that custom desk may not be on our list, but you know it’s the same size as an average desk, give or take an inch.


Standard Table Dimensions (Inches)

Tables

Height

Width

Length

Bedside

26

15

19

Buffet

34

24

60

Card

30

36

36

Coffee

19

18

36-48

Conference

30

36

96

Dining

29

40

64

End

20

17

28

Hall

27

15

55

Kitchen

29

36

60

Picnic

28

36

72

Poker

29

48

48

Printer

26

22

26

Sofa

26

14

72

Workstation

26

30

48

Standard Chair Dimensions (Inches)

Chairs

Seat Width

Seat Depth

Seat Height

Seat Height

Barstool

17

17

30

42

Dining, Side

19

19

18

36

Dining, Arm

24

18

18

36

Easy

25

26

17

31

Kitchen

19

19

19

34

Kitchen Stool

12

12

27

42

Rocker

20

26

16

40

Upholstered

30

26

16

Standard Chest Dimensions (Inches)

Chests

Height

Width

Depth

Lowboy (7” leg)

36

36

18

Tall Chest (6” leg)

54

36

18

Bookcase (Paperbacks)

38

36

7

Bookcase (Hardbound)

50

36

10

Blanket

24

36

19

Cedar

20

40

19

Buffet

34

50

20

Standard Mattress Dimensions (Inches)

Mattresses

Height

Width

Length

Twin (Regular)

6

38

75

Twin (Long)

6

38

80

Double/Full

8

53

75

Queen

8

60

80

King

10

76

80

King (Calif.)

10

72

84

The Facts

Before we get into how much you can fit into a shipping container, we should talk about a mobile storage container’s size and dimensions; for this example, we’ll use our containers for reference. Let’s break down the three sizes we offer and how much a shipping container costs to rent: 

10′ Container

$119/mth

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 10′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 9′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″


20′ Container

$149/mth

+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 20′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 19′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″

40′ Container

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+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 40′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 39′ 3/8″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″


We offer three different sizes to rent, which means whether you’re storing extra office furniture or packing up your bachelor pad, we’ll have a size fit for your needs.

FACT: Our storage containers are all ISO certified, meaning they’re the standard for shipping dry goods all over the world. You can rest easy knowing your items are in the same type of secure container they were sent in from the factory.

All of our shipping containers are equipped with lock guards and are wind, water, fire and rodent proof. Your items will be in the same condition you store them in and include vents so that the container’s climate will never be a problem. All of our containers have hardwood flooring and handy hoops so you can secure your belongings, ensuring nothing shifts if you decide to move your container. 

One of the benefits of using a portable storage container is that you can choose between onsite storage or keeping it at our storage facility. No matter your choice, we ask that you have at least 14 feet of vertical clearance, ensuring overhead wires and other obstacles don’t prevent delivery. To put it simply, our containers are made to stand whatever challenge you throw at them!

Onsite Storage For Businesses 

A portable storage container makes a great all year onsite storage locker! A business can extend its storage capabilities with a portable storage container without worrying about transporting stock to another location. We bring the box, you pack, and when you’re finished, we take it back – it’s that easy. 

But what about if you’re looking to make more space? Depending on where you are, social distancing measures at work could mean having to rethink the office layout to accommodate for things like: 

  • people need to work 6 feet apart
  • Shields to be installed whenever possible 
  • no more than ten at a time 
  • easy to clean surfaces 

Instead of having to worry about figuring out what can be thrown out, why not save your office furniture? That way, you won’t have to worry about buying more once things get back to normal, and you can provide your employees with the option to work at the office safely! And don’t worry about storing electronics. Our containers are ISO certified waterproof storage spaces, meaning your electronics will be in the same condition as when you stored them. 

Construction Storage 

What if your workplace has items a little bigger than the typical office desk? Our shipping containers make the perfect storage space for power tools and machinery used for home renovations and construction.

Items like power drills, bandsaws and sanders can be stored in our containers, and you can rest easy knowing that they have tough steel walls keeping them safe. If you’re looking to keep your tools safe and out of the way, you can keep them at our storage facility! 

Once you’ve decided you want to store your container at our facility, our drivers will swing by and pick up your container. That’s it! As long as you’ve packed things securely, you can have peace of mind knowing :

  • Only you have the key to your lock
  • our containers are made of 1.5-inch thick steel walls
  • Are kept at our secure and monitored storage facility. 

Keep in mind, no combustible chemicals, batteries, organic substances, food or gas of any kind can be stored inside our containers. If you know the items you’re keeping need specific climate-controlled storage spaces for temperature and humidity, it’s best to find specialized facilities. 

Storage For Home

Now you might be wondering, do I need storage for my residential home? You’d be surprised by how much space you have, and while you may not be losing yourself in keepsakes, you could be missing out on some opportunities. Whether your basement, attic or garage is your current storage space, think of what you could be using those rooms for:

  • Mancave 
  • Study
  • Craft room
  • Spare room
  • Rental space 
  • Workshop
  • Gym

These are just a few of the possibilities you could be sleeping on, and a mobile storage container lets you reclaim your space. 

What’s best about using a portable storage container from MSR is just how versatile our service is. As long as you have at least 14 feet vertically to store your container, you can take however long you need! So , your home reno project can include a fresh paint job,  no rush required. And if you decide that you want to put things away but not onsite, we’re happy to take your items to our container storage facility. 

So What Are You Waiting For?

Whether you’re thinking about turning your shed into an office or looking to keep some things out of harm’s way, there’s plenty of reasons for you to use a portable shipping container. And don’t forget to check out our free packing checklist for a comprehensive guide to making your next move as easy as it can be! 

Were you thinking about using a storage container during the winter months? Check out our blog with seven tips to make your winter project a chill time. Are you interested in renting a storage container right now? Once you know what size of the container you’ll need, fill out the form below for a quick quote and start thinking inside the box with Mobile Storage Rentals. 

How to pack a storage container

10 Helpful Tips For Packing A Storage Container

Moving is a stressful and chaotic time. It can challenge our sanity – and often does. How could it not? There are so many things to remember. 

Despite our best efforts, sometimes important details get overlooked. But don’t worry – we’re here to be your safety net and catch any details you miss. 

So, let’s get to why you’re here…how do you pack a storage container?

It might seem like a simple question, but it’s an important one, even if it’s not at the forefront of our minds when we are trying to move an entire home. 

Storage containers are very useful when moving your home or business. They offer a durable, waterproof storage solution that gives you the time and the space to pack properly. Our steel shipping containers offer self-enclosed storage, eliminating rodent or bug problems, and because they are made to transport items long distances they also make great long-term storage options.

No matter your reason for using a Mobile Storage Rentals storage container, follow our 10 tips for packing a storage container to make sure you’re making the most of the space and your belongings arrive in-tact. 


1. Make a Plan

You should start with a game plan. Make a list of your large furniture, fragile items, and awkwardly shaped objects and decide on their order and placement.

Whether you’re moving, renovating, or simply storing items, it’s important you plan it out so you don’t bury something important you’ll need to access.

Her are a few important questions to ask yourself:

  • Will you need to access these items on short notice?
  • Will certain items need to be loaded in a specific order?
  • How many heavy items do I have? (More on this below…)
  • How much space will I need? What is my largest piece of furniture?
  • What does the new layout of my home look like?
  • Will I have to move the living room in before the kitchen?

BONUS TIP:

Now that you have a plan, you can organize your boxes by the size and quantity and label them by room for easy packing later.


2. Stock Up On Supplies

Moving all of your belongings requires a lot of supplies. Some people buy new while others try to source greener options, but either way ensure you’re prepared to pack!

Here are some supplies we suggest to make moving easier: 

  • Moving boxes of all sizes
  • Packing tape for securing items and sealing boxes
  • Spare scissors or exacto knife 
  • Bubble wrap or newspapers
  • Moving blankets
  • Water bottles and snacks
tips for packing a storage container - supply list

No move will ever go exactly to plan, so make sure you have extra supplies. It’s better to be safe than sorry! It’s also important to stay hydrated and fed on moving day – with a busy schedule, simple snacks like granola bars and fruit are an easy solution.

BONUS TIP:

Don’t forget to consolidate your cleaning supplies by packing a basic kit that includes items like rags and cleaning products so you can clean as you unpack. 



3. Secure Your Belongings

No one wants to see their belongings damaged or lost. Luckily, when you use our storage containers, we ensure that your belongings are safely secured. 

Each Mobile Storage Rental shipping container is equipped with easy-to-locate anchor hoops. You can use rope, ratchet straps, or bungee cords to secure your belongings. This is a very important step you shouldn’t skip.

When you’re securing any top-heavy or awkward objects, be sure they are strapped in tightly. This guarantees nothing is damaged by it shifting or sliding during transit. We want to ensure the safety of everyone involved during your move, as well as protect your belongings. 

You can find more information on how to secure your belongings here.


4. Cover Up!

Once you’ve placed your large belongings in your storage container, it’s important to protect surfaces that can be scratched, dented or chipped. Wrap furniture in blankets, bubble wrap, or lay down cardboard to protect items like hardwood tables, paintings, and mirrors. 

BONUS TIP:
Pack your glassware and electronics in furniture like wardrobes and desks. Use newspaper to fill in the gaps. Make the most of your space and keep your valuables safe!


5. Distribute the Weight Evenly

It’s important to keep in mind how you will distribute weight throughout the container. To avoid tipping your container, evenly distribute the weight throughout the storage container. A typical mistake is stacking all of your heavy furniture at the back while the front is full of boxes.

Ask yourself: 

  • Am I loading too much on one side of the storage container?
  • How far is the container travelling?
  • Any sudden turns along the way?
  • Will I be able to access my items easily with this layout?
  • Am I using space efficiently?


6. Pack Your Container Tightly

Try to pack your container tightly to prevent shifting during transport. Use your plan from step one, layer objects on one another to weigh them down, and fit items together to interlock them and reduce shifting.

As you pack, look for any spaces where objects can shift or fall over and fill them in with pillows, clothing, towels, or blankets. You can also s
tand couches on their end to allow for more floor space. (For leather couches, covering it and standing it on its end protects the leather from ripping due to weight.) Use your packing tape to make sure all drawers and cabinets are tapped shut. 

Our loading and shipping procedures ensure your container will not be subject to any steep tilting or sudden turns, but it’s still a good idea to pack your possessions tightly for added protection.




7. Keep Stability in Mind

Make sure you have a stable load by using boxes that are roughly the same size and structurally sound. If you’re reusing boxes, you can reinforce them with your packing tape. 

To make the process of unpacking a breeze, label your boxes to identify contents quickly and keep a record of what items are where. 

Place heavier items on the floor and stack lighter things on top. Do not pile items too high – try to keep it an even height.


BONUS TIP:
Take into consideration the changes in humidity and temperature while your belongings are in a Mobile Storage container. Our containers are waterproof, but if temperatures change some objects may be at risk of damage. 



8. Be Mindful of Access

If you are using a container for an extended period, consider what objects you might need to access and place them near the front of the shipping container. Things like important documents, medications, or electronics.

Another thing to keep in mind is to make a path so you can enter your container without unpacking. If you find that you have a lot of items that you need on a daily basis (or if you are planning to store your shipping container at our storage facility) consider using luggage to keep essential items with you.

BONUS TIP: 
Keep your important documents in a plastic or metal container that will be easy to identify and won’t be susceptible to water damage.


9. Long-Term Packing

How long are you planning on using the storage container? Some people use our containers for months as a long-term storage solution. If you’re planning to do this, consider the following:

  • Can my items be damaged by sudden drops or rises in temperature?
  • Can my items be affected by humidity?
  • Are there items that can attract insects or other pests?
  • Are mildew and other factors like odour and fire safety a possibility?

Here are some more expert tips to consider if you’re using our storage containers for several months:


    • If you’re storing fabrics and furniture that can absorb odours, consider leaving an open box of baking soda to absorb any unpleasant smells.
    • To protect your items from water damage, inspect your storage container on arrival with the driver to ensure your container is free of any cracks or leaks.
    • Store cardboard boxes and containers with paper documents off the ground.
    • Avoid storing items like pet food, food items, or plants as these can attract insects and other pests.
    • Take preventative fire safety measures by planning ahead and unplugging all electronics 24 hours prior to packing them and removing all batteries.
    • Under no circumstances should you store chemicals or aerosol cans in your shipping container as sudden changes in temperature can cause these items to combust or release toxic vapours.
    • Take into consideration humidity and mildew by storing items that are 100% dry and packing items with a desiccant, like silica gel packets, to absorb moisture.


10. Always Lock Up

You must provide your own lock for your storage container; remember to store the the key or combination in a safe place. Even if the storage container will remain on your property, it is essential to buy a lock that only you have the means to unlock.

If your shipping container is being kept at one of Mobile Storage Rentals storage facilities, having your own second lock is an added measure.

 

Ready to start packing?

Contact us today for your free quote.