The U.S. storage unit segment is a $4.13-million industry.
This, plus the fact that there are more than 48,500 storage units all over the country, proves that many, if not the majority of the nation’s consumers rely heavily on such services. And with every imaginable storage unit size available, even those who need to store small items like personal photos will find one that meets their needs.
After all, these storage units serve many functions in the lives of Americans, who on average, move 11 to 12 times in their lifetime. That’s a lot more than people in the UK, with a reported 60% of British adults staying put in the same residence for a decade and a half.
This great number of storage units does pose a challenge though – determining which size of storage units best meets your requirements.
Worry not, as we’ll guide you in making the right choice.
Most Important Consideration: What Do You Need the Storage Unit For?
Whether you’re preparing for a long-distance move or having your house renovated, packing your stuff for storage warrants the question “how big of a storage unit do I need?”
But to answer that, you first need to determine what exactly you need the storage unit for.
Taking stock will not only help you choose the right storage unit size – it’ll also help you maximize the space you’ll pay for. And of course, ensure you meet your valuables’ specialized requirements. Think lighting or temperature control for wine, certain types of furniture, and important documents.
For instance, do you only need to store smaller objects such as kitchen and dining wares and supplies? If you only have, say about 20 boxes (dimensions of 160-inch x 160-inch x 160-inch), then a storage unit measuring 12 square feet is enough. Think of this unit size as equal in size to a changing room.
If you also need to house several appliances and equipment, you may have to level up and get a 25 square feet unit. It’s about 1/4 of a typical garage, so you can get up to 40 boxes (same dimensions as above) in it.
If you find yourself staring at 100 boxes of packed items, it’s best to get at least a 50 square feet storage unit. You can also think of the unit size as something roughly equivalent to a 1-bedroom apartment. With this size, you’ll have enough room to stack and store all the boxes safely and securely.
What’s important is to take an inventory of your possessions first. This way, you can have an idea of the number of boxes that’ll go into storage. For larger items (like sofas, beds, tables, appliances, etc.), use a tape measure.
Don’t forget to consider odd- or irregularly-shaped objects that you can’t stack or box.
A Rundown of Your Storage Unit Size Options
Our self-storage units come in three different size classifications: Small, Medium, and Large. Use this storage unit sizing guide to have a better idea of which one you’d need for your valuables.
Our small storage units come in an array of sizes – starting from 12 square feet up to 75 square feet. As mentioned above, a 12-square-foot unit can house up to 20 boxes, while a 50-square-foot one can store up to 100 boxes. Here’s what you can fit in the other small-sized storage units:
- 15 square foot: 20 to 25 boxes
- 40 square foot: 60 to 65 boxes
- 60 to 75 square foot: 100 to 150 boxes
We also have 5 x 5.5 rooms measuring 27.5 square feet. These units feature a swing door, so please make sure to consider that too.
We have medium-sized storage units measuring 100, 120, and 150 square feet.
A 100-square-foot unit, roughly equal to a 3-bedroom house, can fit anywhere from 200 to 220 boxes. Upgrade to a 120-square-foot unit, and you can store up to around 230 boxes. If you have 250 boxes, the 150-square-foot unit may be the best choice.
For storage needs that go beyond 250 boxes, consider opting for a larger unit. You can choose among 180, 200, 250, and 300-square-foot spaces. Think of it this way: If you need a 7.5-ton truck to haul your stuff, then you need one of these large-sized storage units.
Packed to the Ceiling or Walking Around In?
When asking yourself “what size storage unit do I need,” you should also factor in free space to move around in. This depends on whether you’d simply stuff the room to the ceiling or if you need some space to walk around in.
If you just need to store all your possessions, then feel free to pack the unit up. This’ll work if you don’t need access to some of them throughout their storage. Then, once you’re ready to furnish your new home/office with them, just come back to take them out.
But what if you need to access the space and certain items while they’re in storage? In this case, think of how you can move around in the space. You may need leeway for foot traffic and easy access/reach of some packed and unpacked things.
The bottom line is, if you need access to the space, leave some area for an aisle. This way, you won’t have to get all the boxes out and spread them outside the unit just to find what you need.
And don’t forget that while maximizing every available inch of the storage space can save you money, you also need to factor in safety and accessibility.
Need Help Booking or Reserving the Right Storage Unit Size?
If you’re still confused as to which storage unit size to book or reserve, please feel free to ring us up! We’re open seven days a week, from 9AM to 5PM. Give us a call now – we’ll be more than happy to answer all your inquiries and questions.