Storing furniture inside a shipping container for transportation requires careful planning and high quality packaging. Asiana USA works with many businesses in the furniture industry helping to plan the safe storage of items for transportation in shipping containers nationally and internationally.
Here’s how to prepare furniture for transportation in a shipping container:
1. Dismantle Your Furniture
If you’re shipping furniture inventory that can be dismantled for storage in a shipping container, then it’s worth doing so. Compacting furniture items into boxes allows for stacking on pallets. If you have wooden pieces to ship, packing them in boxes adds an extra layer of protection, while stacking furniture on pallets offers more security.
Your furniture is easier to handle when loading it into a shipping container and by compacting it, you reduce the overall volume size, which lowers your shipping costs. If you can get furniture in a storage box, you can add bubble wrap to further protect your stock from damage.
By stacking items on a pallet inside a shipping container, unloading is made easier and if you’re transferring furniture items to a storage facility, stock can quickly be logged and stored.
2. Wrap Bulkier Items
If you need to store bulkier furniture items, such as couches and curios, in a shipping container then you need to wrap it well. Plastic wrap or bubble wrap is useful for protecting your loose furniture items that are too big for a box, crate or pallet shipping.
Standard shipping containers are prone to internal temperature changes and condensation because they don’t have internal insulation. Temperature fluctuations and moisture can damage soft furnishings, wooden furniture and metal items.
Shipping container condensation can cause mold and mildew build-up on household items if they’re improperly packaged. It’s worthwhile investing in desiccants, a hygroscopic substance that can absorb moisture. You can hang them from the walls or roof of a shipping container to stop moisture build up and keep your furniture dry.
If a shipping container is being used for long-term furniture storage at a port until you can arrange collection and final delivery, you need to make sure your inventory is properly packaged and sealed so it’s protected.
Antique furniture that’s stored in a shipping container for transportation should be carefully packaged and sealed so it’s not damaged when in transit.
3. Cover Sharp Corners
If you’re transporting furniture stock by road, rail and sea, it is subject to movement when inside shipping containers. Shipping containers offer a lot of storage space and if your items are being transported in a container that isn’t full, movement is possible.
If sharp corners are exposed, furniture items could get scratched or damaged. It’s important to ensure that sharp corners are covered to prevent accidental breakages or scuffs.
4. Seal and Label Crates and Boxes
If you’re able to dismantle furniture for storage in boxes and crates inside a shipping container, or you’re transporting your inventory as part of a less than container load shipment, you must seal and label your furniture stock for extra security and easy identification.
During transit, items can move, but if your individual boxes are correctly labeled and sealed, your furniture avoids getting damaged and you can easily identify your packages if they end up in someone else’s freight.
Labeling and sealing crates is also useful if you’re transferring stock directly to a storage unit once unloaded from a shipping container. You can quickly and easily identify items and log them as you add them to your inventory.
Choosing the Right Shipping Container for Furniture
When storing furniture for shipping, there are a number of container options to choose from. There are containers that are insulated and temperature controlled, which help to prevent moisture build-up and heat damage.
These types of containers are ideal if furniture is going to be held in port or is being transported over a long distance. To protect your furniture during transit, it’s worth choosing a container that can protect your items from damage.
Choose Asiana USA for Shipping Furniture
When transporting furniture by sea, we offer several shipping container solutions to protect your items. We have insulated and climate controlled containers that are highly robust. We offer full container load and less than container load services to store your furniture for shipping anywhere in the world.
We work with many businesses in the furniture industry. Our experienced professionals have the knowledge and skills to prepare your furniture stock for shipping. For safe, secure shipping solutions for your furniture inventory, or to request a quote call us at (855) 500-1808