Founded in 1890, Hansen Bros. Moving & Storage the parent company of Portabox has successfully weathered many history-changing events including the Great Seattle Fire, WWI, the Spanish Flu of 1918, the Great Depression, WWII, the 2008 recession, and 9/11 among many other public crises. We are taking the current COVID-19 threat very seriously and will promptly adhere to any and all directives from local, state and federal government officials. Hansen Bros. and Portabox have been categorized as an essential industry business (moving & relocation) within the current mandate established by Washington State Governor Jay Inslee.

As essential services, we will maintain normal operations until such time as either company management determines we must close our offices or we are directed to do so by a governmental authority. We are taking extensive precautionary measures including the adoption of all CDC guidelines and the establishment of our own policies intended to minimize health risks for all customers, employees, contractors, vendors, and community stakeholders. We are proud to be able to support the needs of our customers during this crucial time but are prepared to quickly change course as required.

Stay safe together with Hansen Bros. and Portabox

The COVID-19 crisis is fluid and there are many uncertainties and factors outside of our control that may, with little or no advance notice, impact our delivery of moving & storage services. Please be aware the current crisis could potentially result in small inconveniences such as a delayed project start time or significant inconveniences such as the complete rescheduling of services.

Although there are many unknowns to be navigated, you can be certain that Hansen Bros. and Portabox will be timely and transparent in our communications regarding servicing your moving & storage needs, and our professional relocation consultants will work diligently to offer creative solutions in the event your project is impacted by the current health crisis.

Steps We're Taking:

  • Company-wide Implementation of all precautionary measures recommended by the Center for Disease Control (CDC).
  • Office staff and crews are being monitored daily for symptoms and/or known exposure by management and asked to go home, contact their healthcare provider, and self-quarantine as directed. Staff that experience symptoms and/or aware of exposure when not at work have been directed to stay home and notify their supervisor.
  • Office staff and crews are receiving daily briefings on precautionary measures and have been directed to follow them on and off the job.
  • Office staff and crews are being instructed to maintain appropriate “social distance” of 6 feet minimum between one another, customers, and all other people.
  • Office staff and crews are being provided with appropriate hand sanitizer and surface disinfecting supplies. They have been directed to disinfect truck cabs and moving equipment between each move to the best of their ability. These supplies will continue to be replenished as we are able, based on availability from retailers.
  • We are limiting visitation to our branch offices. If you wish to purchase moving boxes or supplies, please simply call in your order and we will happily deliver to your vehicle outside.

We are all in this together.  The team at Hansen Bros. and Portabox is proud to continue offering our services in accordance with the necessary precautions outlined above. We are here to make the process of storing belongings seamless & safe for you.

Guide to storing a king size bed

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One of the most important aspects of your health is sleep. At least eight hours of quality sleep per night are a must for your happiness and well-being. If you own a king-sized bed, we are certain you are sleeping well. For most people, such a purchase is an expensive but worthwhile investment. Finding a good bed is not easy, but once you do it can last you for decades to come. This is why you should not throw your bed away when it is not in use. Whether you are moving homes or going on a longer trip you should know how to store a bed properly. Storing a king size bed might sound intimidating but with our tips, this task will be a piece of cake.

When to consider storing a king size bed

There is always a chance your new home will not fit a king sized bed. These are some of the most frequently mentioned reasons for choosing Kenmore self storage:

  • When you are in between homes – If you know you will be couch surfing it is a good idea to find storage for bulkier furniture like your bed.
  • While you are doing renovations – You should move your bed somewhere safe so it doesn’t get damaged during renovations.
  • If you are going on a long trip – Put your bed and other valuable furniture pieces in storage to protect them from dust and the environment.

Unlike most other pieces of furniture in your home, your bed is an item that is in almost constant use. However, certain situations may come up that require you to store some or all parts of the bed.

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When you are doing renovations, things can get a bit chaotic. It is best to move your king bed somewhere safe.

Tackle storing a bed in steps

Before you can start researching short term storage Seattle residents recommend, it is important to know what the storage process involves. Without a proper plan, things can easily go sideways. You obviously cannot just pack it whole and put it into storage. To make things simple, we broke down everything into easy-to-follow steps. If you focus on just one small task, completing everything on time will be much more manageable.

Remove, wash and pack the linens

The very first step you need to do is remove the linens. Strip off the duvet covers, and remove the comforters, pillows, sheets, and pillowcases. Even if you won’t put the linens in storage give them a proper cleaning. You should do this just before you leave your old home. This way you will have nice, clean sheets ready to go. However, if you are putting them in storage you need to pack, seal and label everything. If you are short on time, think about searching for portable storage containers for rent near me. It helps!

Remove and clean the mattress

A mattress isn’t something you buy every day. In fact, they can last up to a decade. But that is only true if you take good care of them. To clean a mattress start by removing dust with a vacuum. After you removed the top level of grime, you can use special powders to neutralize any smells. Next, wash it with a damp cloth and gentle detergent.  If there are any stubborn stains left, stain remover will be your best friend. Wait until it’s fully dry to place it in storage.

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Cleaning the mattress thoroughly is of utmost importance if you plan on storing it for a long time.

Storing a king sized mattress can be a bit challenging due to its large dimensions.  If you have enough space, it is best to lie it flat on the floor. This will preserve the shape and keep the fillings in place. Do not put anything on top of the mattress, as that is a good way of ruining it. If you need help transporting it to storage, you can contact us and ask for assistance anytime.

Storing a king size bed is easier if you disassemble it

Storing your king size bed whole is a bad idea for a multitude of reasons. For easier packing, transport, and storage we recommend you dismantle the bedframe. It will take some time and effort but it’s well worth it. Once it is divided into smaller pieces, moving it will be much easier.

If you are going to DIY this part, make sure to have a good labeling system in place. Otherwise putting the bed frame back together will be nigh impossible. Number each and every screw and its corresponding hole in the frame. Keep all of the small parts somewhere safe. You could also place them in storage along with the bed. As tedious and boring as this sounds, future you will thank you for taking the time.

Finish the job by packing up the individual pieces

The last step in this process is packing all of the individual pieces It is best to pack the headboard, footboard, and bed frame separately. What wrapping materials you use will depend on the material of the bed. If the parts are made of wood, plastic is not recommended for the long term. The reasoning behind that is that plastic can trap moisture and eventually lead to mold.

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How you go about storing a king size bed frame will depend on the material it’s made of.

Sheets or blankets are a far better option for wooden frames. On the other hand, you can wrap metal frames in plastic storage wrap. For transport, it is recommended you wrap everything into additional moving blankets or otherwise add padding.

A couple of last notes

And there you have it, a comprehensive guide to storing a king size bed, the proper way. While it seems daunting, throwing out a perfectly fine bed is nonsensical. They’re not exactly cheap after all. With just a bit of effort, you can have your cake and eat it too. Breaking down the process into more manageable steps is essential. With good planning and organization, your bed will be disassembled, packed, and in storage just in time for moving.

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