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20 different unit types available

Packaging Tips and Supplies in Manchester

Packing up your belongings correctly is key for a smooth and stress-free storage experience. From purchasing quality packaging supplies to not overfilling your boxes, the packaging process will ensure your items are protected and secure even after years in storage. At Storage World’s in-store box shop, you can find everything you need for moving day, such as bubble wrap, cardboard boxes and tape.

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Looking to Buy Storage Boxes and Packaging Supplies in Manchester?

Trying to find the right box for your needs can send you on a scavenger hunt around town. Fortunately, Storage World has an affordable box shop at each of their three locations in Manchester, Middleton and Manchester Airport Hale & Wilmslow. Our friendly staff can also advise on which boxes are appropriate to safely store your belongings. 

  • Moving boxes
  • Cardboard boxes
  • Large boxes
  • Archive boxes
  • Wardrobe boxes
  • Bubble wrap
  • Tape
  • Padlocks
  • Furniture covers 

If you’re not sure what packaging supplies you’ll need, simply make a stop at your nearest Storage World facility and our friendly team will help you find all the materials you need for a stress-free move. You can also browse our impressive range online

Storage World Boxshop: Key Benefits

Whether stopping by to drop off stock or moving your belongings into your new storage unit, our in-store box shop is a simple and cost-effective way to store your valuables.

Here are a few ways our box shop can save you time, money and energy. 

  • Three locations to choose from across the Greater Manchester region
  • All boxes and moving supplies can be bought in one place for convenience
  • Friendly and knowledgeable staff on hand to give advice
  • Storage World boxes are built to last – you can be sure of their durability 
  • All of our boxes are brand new so no need to worry about dust or dirt
  • Storage World boxes can be reused and easily unfolded and flattened after use
  • Our boxes are uniform in size and can be stacked, making it much easier to utilise space in smaller storage units
  • No need to worry if you run out of packaging materials – simply purchase more on-site
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The Best Packaging Materials To Protect Your Items

To properly store your belongings, you need to choose the correct packaging materials. With multiple types of moving boxes to choose from and a choice of bubble wrap, packing paper as well as covers, it can be difficult to decide what the best option is for your items.

To help you make the right choice, we’ve broken down a few top packaging materials and what they’re best used for. 

Wardrobe boxes 

The best way to move and store all your coats, dresses, suits, shirts, and trousers without a single crease. 

Archive boxes

These are perfect for storing documents, files, books, magazines, DVDs or CDs.

Mirror packing boxes

Keep your pictures or mirrors safe and sound in our specific boxes.


A range of covers designed to protect mattresses, sofas, armchairs and large items from dirt and dust.

Packing paper

Fill the gaps and package your boxes safely.

Bubble wrap

Protect the delicate items you are storing with a layer of bubble wrap.

White tape

To make sure each of your boxes is securely closed or sealed.

How To Choose The Right Boxes For Self Storage

You may not realise it, but there are several different kinds of boxes to choose from. Whether storing confidential documents or your entire wardrobe, there is a specific box designed to give these items the best possible protection. Choosing the wrong one could wreak havoc on your prized possessions so it’s important to choose wisely.

At Storage World’s convenient box shop, we stock a wide range of boxes for all of your needs. Let’s break them down.

Archive boxes 

Archive boxes are perfect for storing paperwork, files, books, magazines, CDs and other items that need to be preserved. They are made from sturdy cardboard and have a lid that can be lifted on and off for easy access. Many businesses use these to keep their offices organised and important documents safe. 

Large boxes

Large boxes ensure that bulkier items are kept safe and damage-free. Large, sturdy cardboard boxes can store a range of items, from smaller pieces of furniture to electronics. It’s important to use boxes made from a strong material to ensure your belongings don’t fall through the bottom of the box during transportation. 

Wardrobe boxes

Wardrobe boxes ensure that all of your clothing items, whether it be suits, shirts or dresses, emerge from storage looking just as good as you left them. Wardrobe boxes, also made from strong, multi-layered cardboard, tend to be tall and feature a hanging rail so you can actually hang your clothes up whilst storing them. This helps to keep them free of creases and wrinkles, whilst the narrow size utilises space efficiently inside your storage unit. 

The problem with standard supermarket boxes is that they tend to be single-walled, and therefore are likely to crumble. Storage World boxes are triple-walled, meaning you can stack them up high without damaging your items which is a real space saver. The less floor space you need, the more money you save. 

When you decide that storage is the right option for your belongings, the next step is moving your treasured items from A to B safely and securely. Other packaging materials you may need are bubble wrap, packing tape and padlocks to keep your unit secure.

Packaging Tips and Tricks to Ensure Your Goods Remain Protected

Once you’ve decided which box you’ll need, the next step is to pack your belongings in the most efficient way possible. Whether you’re moving your entire office or placing a few seasonal items in storage, these handy packaging tips will ensure your goods are in tip-top condition. 

  • It’s best to use smaller boxes for heavier items such as books and large boxes for lighter items such as clothing and bedding to balance the load and reduce muscle strain. 
  • When it comes to tape, always buy a little extra. You’ll need to tape the top and bottom of the box for safety which can be used up quickly so buy an extra roll to save a trip to the store. 
  • Try not to use newspapers to wrap items as the ink can transfer and spoil them. Instead, consider foam, bubble wrap or plain wrapping paper as they are more durable. 
  • Shrinkwrap is great for wrapping furniture as it protects it and also keeps the doors and drawers shut – make sure to remove the shrink wrap fully once finished with it.

Space Guide

With so many options, deciding on a unit size can be confusing. To make it super simple, we developed a handy size estimator to help you visualise each of our unit sizes in a practical way and find the right fit for you.



  • 25 SQ FT
  • 35 SQ FT
  • 50 SQ FT
  • 75 SQ FT
  • 100 SQ FT
  • 150 SQ FT
  • 200 SQ FT

25 SQ FT

Measuring the same size as a small garden shed, our 25 sq ft unit is the perfect solution for storing a few household items. Declutter the home and store seasonal items or a few boxes in this cost-effective, small unit.

  • Christmas decorations
  • Valuable tools
  • Single mattress
  • Armchair
  • Memorabilia

35 SQ FT

A 35 sq ft self-storage unit is around the same size as the average garden shed and is big enough to store the contents of a studio flat.

  • Dining room table and chairs
  • Garden furniture
  • Multiple boxes
  • Bicycles

50 SQ FT

A 50 sq ft storage unit is half the size of the average garage and is big enough to contain the content of a one-bedroom flat.

  • Queen size bed
  • Dresser
  • Office desks
  • Filing cabinets

75 SQ FT

Our 75 sq ft unit can hold the contents of an average two-bedroom flat. The high ceiling allows boxes to be stacked on top of one another, with room for several furniture items.

  • Large appliances
  • Dining room tables and chairs
  • Business inventory
  • Filing cabinets
  • Bookcases

100 SQ FT

The medium storage unit can hold the contents of an average two-bedroom flat, or serve as a small office or warehouse.

  • A sofa set
  • Garden furniture
  • Bicycles and sport equipment
  • Business inventory

150 SQ FT

Our 150 sq ft unit is the same size as one and a half garages. As a large storage unit, it benefits both businesses and households who need to store large items.

  • Piano
  • Sofa sets
  • Wide-screen TVs and valuable appliances
  • Stock for online businesses

200 SQ FT

As a large storage unit, the 200 sq ft space can hold the contents of a large four or five-bedroom house. It’s a cost-effective and convenient alternative to warehousing, perfect for bulky stock, merchandise and palletised goods.

  • Large appliances including a fridge-freezer
  • Bulky warehouse stock
  • Sofa sets
  • Large garden furniture

Secure Storage Solutions

Clean, safe and secure storage solution at an affordable price, highly recommend this place, very close to the heart of manchester, easy access in and out. Big thanks to Tricia and her team for sorting out my storage needs, very knowledgeable, professional and more importantly friendly.
Highly recommended.

Marcus Wong

A Quick and Easy Process

Quick and easy to reserve and simple sign up process when I arrived. I had under estimated my load size and needed more space which the guys on site quickly arranged for me. Very helpful and friendly staff. A recommended company

Alex Jones

Same Day Move In

Fantastic experience. Needed storage quickly and the staff were on hand to help get everything sorted as fast as possible – was in the same day. They even helped to make sure I got the right size unit so I didn’t over pay – they could have sold me a far bigger one but wanted to make sure I got the best deal and was happy – that doesn’t happen very often! Well Done!

Ed Green-Moore

Extremely Helpful Staff

Extremely helpful staff, talked me through everything, gave me a tour of the facility, the sign up process was very straight forward, and most important excellent value for money.

John O'neill

Trolleys and Good Lighting

Great storage with lots of trolleys and good lighting. Lots of parking bays so it is easy to park close to the storage unit entrance. A friendly and helpful team (Anthony and Nick) that get back to you quickly by email or phone.

Tanya Grenade

100% Recommended

100% recommend Storage World. The storage lockers are well priced, secure and very clean. The facility is well set up to make loading and unloading very straight forward. Jeni on the desk was so increddibly helpful and went out of her way to make sure we were well set up and happy. Thanks very much to all at Storage World and particularly Jeni!

Tom Daubney

Business Self Storage

Can’t praise the guys enough, Tricia initially found me a unit over year ago and patiently kept me up to date on availability as I was unable to move my business as quickly as I’d hoped. All the staff are friendly and helpful. A safe and clean place to work.

Joanne Beswick