When searching for self-storage, it’s important to know what size unit you need. As they say, size matters. When envisioning how much space you need to keep a couple things in mind. First, minimize the space of your items. Disassemble furniture such as beds and tables before you store them to take up less room. Storing drawers? Use space inside drawers and large appliances, like stoves and refrigerators, to store small items like toys, clothes, etc. Vacuum-sealed bags not only help protect items like clothes and bedding, but they also minimize the space those items take up. Second, most storage facilities don’t list the height of their units but the industry standard is 8 feet tall. Storing something taller? Consider moving it in on its side. Third, if you are ever in doubt estimate high. You want extra space to create an aisle through the middle to make it easier to access all parts of your unit.
Now that you have thought through what you are storing and how space savvy you can be, you can decide what size unit most fits your needs.
Here is a list of common unit sizes that can help guide you to the right size.
5 x 5 – Around the size of a hallway closet or half bathroom. What fits: contents of small room or closet. For example, small desk, bookcase, suitcase, lamp, chair.
5 x 10 – Around the size of a walk-in closet. What fits: studio or small one bedroom apartment. For example Mattress and box springs, couch, chest of drawers or dresser, boxes and small miscellaneous items. Can also hold a motorcycle.
5 x 15 – The unit is around the size of a wall length bedroom closet. What fits: 2 medium sized rooms. For example Mattress, sofa, bookcase, desk, couch.
10 x 10 – The unit is around the size of an average size bedroom. What fits: 1 or 2 bedroom apartment (or three bedrooms). For example Mattress and box springs, couch, chest of drawers or dresser, boxes, small miscellaneous items, refrigerator, washer/dryer, and some chairs.
10 x 15 – The unit is around the size of a large bedroom. What fits: 2 to 3 bedroom house/apartment (or four bedrooms). Furniture, appliances, boxes, and extras; or can hold a small vehicle or boat.
10 x 20 –The unit is around the size of a one car garage. What fits: Furnishings from a 3 or 4 bedroom house (or five rooms). Furniture, appliances, boxes and miscellaneous; or can hold a vehicle or small boat.
10x 25 – The unit is around the size of a large one car garage or moving the van. What fits: Furnishings from a 3 or 4 bedroom house (or six rooms). Furniture, appliances, garage extras, boxes and miscellaneous; or can hold vehicle or small boat along with other small items.
10 x 30 – The unit is around the size of an extra long garage. What fits: Furnishing from a 4 or 5 bedroom house. Furniture, major appliances, miscellaneous items, and boxes. Or can hold a vehicle or boat along with other small items and boxes.
Still uncertain? Ask the manager at the self-storage facility. Managers are well equipped in the ways of self-storage and have a lot of experience helping people pick the right size for them. Use them to your advantage. Size matters. Follow our guide to help you most accurately pick your next storage unit size.