Gateshead Self Storage - Hints And Tips

Gateshead Self Storage

Phone: 0191 477 77 26 / Mobile: 078708 678 09

Office Hours

and internal units

Monday 09:00 - 16:30
Tuesday 09:00 - 16:30
Wednesday 09:00 - 16:30
Thursday 09:00 - 16:30
Friday 09:00 - 16:30
Saturday 09:00 - 13:00
Sunday Closed
Bank Holidays Closed

24 Hour access to all
outside storage containers

Hints And Tips

Fragile Items

Protect fragile items first by wrapping them individually and secondly labelling the cartons
"Fragile". And always store on top, never at the bottom.


Books should be packed flat so the spines won’t break, and always in small boxes specifically
designed for books. Never pack fragile items with books.

Use Padding

To prevent rubbing and compression during transit and storage, use padding to separate your
goods. Things like felt blankets, cushions, cardboard and bubble wrap all help.

Use Ground Protection

Gateshead Self Storage units are kept spotlessly clean, but it’s still a good idea to position soft
cloths or cardboard underneath mattresses, couches, boxes and beds to keep them protected.

Keep Mirrors Vertical

Wrap mirrors and pictures with bubble wrap or use mirror boxes. Never store these items
flat. Place mirrors in upright position and protect them by securing them between softer
items such as mattresses or bed-bases.

Defrost & Clean

Defrost and clean refrigerator and freezer and store with doors slightly open. Always move
and store your fridge in an upright position. Once clean, keep a deodoriser inside like of
baking soda to maintain freshness.

Drain Water

Make sure all water is drained out of washing machines and secure the drum. Put each end
of the hose in a small plastic bag and secure tightly so no water leaks out and damages your

Empty Shelves

Protect the shelves and structure of your furniture by emptying wardrobes, cupboards and
drawers while moving. Refill when in storage.

Build A Foundation

As a general rule, place large heavy and valuable items at the rear of the unit that you can
stack on. Then work forwards and upwards with lighter fragile items.

Utilise The Walls

Store longer items such as mattresses, beds and table tops along the walls but don’t lean items
against the walls. Leave air space around the perimeter to aid ventilation.

Might Need It?

Make sure any items you want to access while in storage, to pack into the van first.
That way they’ll be packed into the unit last (near the door for easy access).

Important Things

Store important documents, passports, bills, invoices, guarantees and easy-to-lose items like
glasses, keys and remote controls in one box. That way you’ll know exactly where you can find
them. Leave the box near the door of your self storage unit.

Boxes & Extra Space

Label all boxes on all sides for easy locating. For extra space you can utilise the space inside
wardrobes, cupboards, desks, and fridges.

Clean & Empty White Goods

Defrost and clean refrigerator and freezer and store with doors slightly open.
The clean space inside them can be used for extra storage. Make sure all water is drained out
of washing machines.

Stack Securely

It’s vital you check that everything is stacked safely and securely and not too high.
Falling items injure you or be damaged.