How To Prepare Your Items For Storage

When you need to put your items in storage for a period of time, you'll want to make sure that your possessions will come out looking the same way they were when they went into storage. Whether you require storage for your household items while waiting to close on your new home or if you require long-term storage, it is important to properly prepare and protect your household goods in the best possible way.

At Kings Transfer Van Lines Calgary we can help with safe and secure storage solutions. All of your possessions will be put into large wooden storage containers that are kept inside our warehouse. Couches, love seats and overstuffed chairs are first wrapped in plastic wrap then wrapped in furniture blankets for extra protection, then placed on special racks inside our warehouse. The wooden storage containers are labeled, numbered and recorded into our storage system.

Should you choose to prepare items for storage yourself, here are some tips on how to prepare your items for storage:

Get the proper packing materials 

You'll need packing paper, moving blankets, moving pads, bubble wrap, strong cardboard boxes in a variety of sizes, markers, tape, and labels, as well as tools to dismantle appliances and furniture if needed. 


Use plastic wrap or moving blankets to wrap around and underneath your furniture. Place chairs on one another, with the chair on top being positioned with its seat down so that it faces the seat of the other chair, you can use the small space in between the chair legs to put things as well.

To protect your furniture use a cover or moving blankets and either wrap any soft furnishings and cushions in plastic or place in cartons. Mattresses should be covered and stood on end to maximise space.

Fragile Items

All breakable items should be wrapped individually in paper. Paper should be used to cushion the bottom, sides, and top of cartons. Mark the carton “Fragile” or use “Fragile” packing tape.

Plates should be stacked vertically as if in a dish rack and glasses and stemware should be placed in an upright position. Again, use plenty of paper on all fragile and breakable items. Ensure these cartons are not stacked under any heavy items.

Some items such as large pictures, mirrors, glass tops and shelves, and clocks may require special cartons which we can provide.


Electronic Equipment

Pack sensitive electronic devices in their original boxes, this is ideal since the items will already fit perfectly in the specially designed product boxes. If this is not possible, use boxes of similar size and quality to wrap them in. Fill any empty spaces in the box with crumpled packing paper, foam sheets, or anti-static packing peanuts to ensure optimal protection during storage. Seal the boxes completely with packing tape. Store the electronic items towards the back of the storage unit for added protection.


If storing kitchen appliances or whitegoods, be sure they are clean, dry and the freezer is defrosted. Leave the door open while in storage as this stops mold and mildew from building up in the interior.

Books and Documents

Sort into relevant categories and pack flat into archive boxes or book cartons. Be sure not to overfill the cartons or they will be too heavy to lift and stack. using smaller boxes for heavy items like books is advisable. 

Clothing, Apparel, and Linens

First and foremost, you should examine the clothing you want to store and determine if they require washing or cleaning. Store your hanging clothes in wardrobe boxes as they provide the best possible protection against dust and dampness, they will also keep your clothes wrinkle-free. Use naphthalene or mothballs to protect clothing for long-term storage.

Use vacuum bags for the most efficient use of space when storing soft furnishings or linens, then place into clearly marked cartons. Moving bags are also ideal for storing linens and soft furnishings.

Whether you're moving across town, moving across Canada or from Canada to the US, we have a storage solution for your move.