Self-storage units are available in different sizes to fit the need of the smallest items to be stored to the largest. To determine how to choose a storage unit size that fits your needs, take an inventory of all the items you plan to store. Also, think about your future needs, is it likely you will be adding items later on? If so, consider adding those to your list to be sure that your space will accommodate your items now and in the future.
Once you have determined the items you will need to store, it’s time to consider their sizes and weights. Some items can stack on top of each other, while others may be too heavy or awkward in shape, requiring their own space. One way to help with choosing a storage unit size is by actually packing your belongings and stacking them together. Without damaging any items inside the boxes, use a tape measurer to see how much space you need. Try using different containers or boxes to figure out the most efficient way to store everything.
Depending on how long you plan to store items, it may be important to provide space for ventilation and access. When storing belongings for short periods of time, it is usually okay to pack them closer together. When storing belongings for longer periods of time, however, providing extra space not only for ventilation, but also for a walkway so you can get to your items is also vital. For belongings that you may need to access regularly, consider leaving enough space in your unit for an aisle. Then, be sure to arrange those belongings along the aisle for easy access.
It is also important to decide whether you will need a climate controlled unit or a standard outside unit. When storing items for a long period of time, it is generally better to get a climate controlled unit to protect the furniture from the climate, such as humidity and heat.
Each of the types of storage unit sizes and the items they are used to traditionally store are featured below. For more details on choosing a storage unit, along with a visual breakdown of what can be placed in each unit, ask the facility to provide you with a brochure of the storage dimensions for a visual.
About the size of a small walk-in closet, 5×5 storage units are ideal for personal items, clothes, boxes, skis, children’s toys, small furniture, business records or sales rep materials.
5’x10′ units can store small amounts of furniture, sofas, chairs, chest of drawers, box spring and mattress, business supplies and record, plus other small items and boxes.
7.5’x10′ units can also store small amounts of furniture, sofas, chairs, chest of drawers, box spring and mattress, business supplies and records, plus other small items and boxes.
10’x10′ storage units can hold the contents of a one-bedroom apartment with major appliances, furniture and boxed items and supplies.
10’x15′ storage units can hold the contents of a two-bedroom apartment or home, including appliances, boxes, furniture and boxed items and supplies.
10’x20′ storage units can hold the contents of a three-bedroom apartment or home, including appliances, boxes, furniture and boxed items and supplies. These storage units are also ideal for commercial inventory and storage racks.
10’x30′ storage units can hold the contents of a four- to five-bedroom home, including appliances, boxes, furniture and boxed items and supplies. These storage units are also ideal for commercial and equipment storage.
Choosing the right size unit will help you in regards to reduce cost and helping you minimize what you store and what you throw away.