July 25, 2023 | 3 minute read

The Ultimate Guide to Furniture Storage

Whether you’re downsizing, moving, or simply in need of some extra space, furniture storage can be a lifesaver. Self-storage is a versatile, affordable, convenient option that can save you from living with furniture clutter and chaos. In this ultimate guide, you’ll learn the ins and outs of furniture self-storage and gain a few tips and tricks along the way. 

Ready to make the process of packing and storing your large belongings as smooth as possible? Let’s dive in and discover all the ways to make self-storage a simple solution. 

Climate-Controlled Self Storage: Why It Matters

Vancouver’s climate is known for its rain and humidity. To protect your furniture from potential damage caused by moisture and extreme temperatures, opt for a climate-controlled self-storage unit. 

NationWide’s climate-controlled units maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, creating an optimal environment to safeguard your valuable pieces of furniture. 

Whether you have antique heirlooms or modern designer furniture, climate-controlled storage ensures they stay in top condition.

Preparing Furniture for Storage

Before storing your furniture, it’s crucial to take the time to prepare to prevent damage. Start by cleaning each piece thoroughly to remove dust, grime, and debris. Vacuum any fabric and wipe down all surfaces and then ensure the furniture is dry before moving forward.

Disassemble any furniture that can be taken apart, label the parts, and keep the hardware in sealed bags to ensure you can reassemble them easily. Be sure to store the hardware on or close by so that you’re not scrambling to find them when you need them next. It’s also a good idea to take photos along the way, creating a visual guide for yourself that you can refer to in the future.

Protect delicate surfaces with bubble wrap or furniture blankets, and use furniture covers to shield larger items like sofas and mattresses from dust.

Organizing and Maximizing Space

Efficient organization is the key to maximizing your storage space. Start by creating an inventory of all the furniture items you’re storing – either a digital spreadsheet or write out a list that you can post on the wall of your self-storage unit for safekeeping. This will help you keep track of everything and make retrieval easier when needed. 

Consider using furniture sliders, removable shelving, or pallets to elevate items off the ground and protect them from potential moisture. Additionally, utilizing vertical space by stacking chairs, tables, and other items can free up valuable floor space.

Smart Packing Strategies

To make the most of your storage unit, it’s essential to pack smartly. Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter ones on top to prevent crushing or damage. Disassemble larger furniture pieces whenever possible to save space. Remember to use furniture covers and blankets for added protection. Also, keep frequently used items towards the front of the unit for easy access.

Security Measures

At NationWide Self Storage, we prioritize security. All our self-storage lockers, gates and entryways come equipped with enterprise-level security and keyless locks. Our Smart Entry App is accessible on your phone (or you can use a fob if you prefer) so that you never have to use a padlock or keypad again. 

We also offer:

  • Tamper-proof, low voltage, electronic locking systems on every locker;
  • Motion detection alerts on your phone if someone enters your locker;
  • And shareable, keyless access to your locker with friends, family, or employees.


Furniture storage doesn’t have to be a daunting task. With the right approach and a suitable storage unit like NationWide Self Storage in Vancouver, Surrey, Kamloops, and Burnaby, you can keep your furniture safe and secure while creating more space in your home. 

By following the tips and tricks outlined in this ultimate guide, you’ll be well-prepared to store your furniture like a pro. So, say goodbye to clutter and chaos and embrace the joys of a well-organized and clutter-free space!