Lamps are something we all own, but they become such a part of our everyday life, we often take them for granted. They’re just there, and as long as the light turns on, we often don’t think about how sensitive they are—until it comes time to moving and packing.
These crucial features in our homes are often delicate and require special care and steps to follow when packing and storing. So, if you’re looking to move or place your lamps in storage, here’s how to do it.
1. Take your lamps apart for packing
Start by dismantling your lamp one lamp at a time. As you take it apart, piece by piece, place that specific lamp’s smaller pieces into its own plastic bag. Dismantling includes removing lampshades, lamp bulbs, and the harp, which is the thin metal wire that holds the shade.
It’s important to keep each lamps’ components together and without mixing them up, otherwise you may be in for an overly difficult puzzle for when the day comes that you need to use them again. As you keep each set of parts in their own separate bags, which may need to be taped to the harp, be sure to label each bag to help know which one is which when unpacking comes as well.
This is also a good opportunity to thoroughly clean each lamp as well to avoid dust build up that could cause damages or electrical issues.
2. Pack up your lamps
If possible, always pack your lamps in original packaging. If this is not possible, we suggest packing smaller lamps in totes, using components bag or other soft items or packaging materials to fill any voids. This will prevent your lamp from shifting around during transfer and break on accident.
Another tip, when packing the lampshade, flip it upside down, as you can use that as additional storage space for softer items or packaging material as well. As always, label the outside of each tote if needed for easy finding later on.
3. Storage features for lamps
Once the lamp is packed, then it comes time for storage unless you’re moving. Assuming you’re storing more than just lamps, be sure to find a storage unit with strong security features to protect your belongings. For instance, you can find storage facilities with electronic gate access and requires a keycode to enter the facility grounds.
Another important feature to look for is climate control. This feature maintains a constant temperature and humidity level to avoid any dampness and moisture from ruining electronic components, rusting any metal, or even causing mildew growth in the lampshade.
4. Storing your lamps
Lastly, when it comes time to actually store your lamp, there are a few more tips to follow. If your lamps are in boxes, never store them on the bottom of a pile to avoid any heavier items crushing or breaking them. Additionally, never store a box higher than your shoulders to avoid any falls that could hurt you or your lamps.
Lamps are quite literally the light of our lives, and with the right steps and features, you can make sure that light will shine before and after any moves and time in storage.