What Size Storage Unit Do I Need? A Guide To Choosing The Perfect Unit

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Choosing the right size storage unit can feel like a daunting task, especially when you’re faced with numerous options. Whether you’re looking to store away your holiday decorations for the season or downsizing to a smaller home – selecting the right storage unit size can save you hassle, time, and money in the long run. 

This guide will walk you through the variety of storage units available and what they typically store. Read on to determine which size storage unit is best suited for your unique needs.

Understanding Storage Unit Sizes

Storage units come in various sizes, typically measured in feet. Every storage unit offers different units based on the storage facility size and location. As you begin your search for a storage unit near you, be sure to look for what size storage units they offer and what is currently available for rent.

The most common sizes range from small 5×5 units to large 10×30 units. Here is a breakdown of the typical sizes available:

  • 5×5 Storage Unit (25 square feet)

A 5×5 storage unit is equivalent to a small closet. This storage unit is ideal for storing small household items such as decorations or kitchen items, boxes, and other personal belongings. This size is perfect for individuals or college students needing to store a few items for a short period. This unit may also be great for a small business owner or real estate agent needing a place to store small items. 

  • 5×10 Storage Unit (50 square feet)

A 5×10 storage unit is comparable to a large closet. This unit is suitable for storing the contents of a small one-bedroom apartment, including a few household items, boxes, and appliances. This storage unit size is great for storing items that do not have a place in your home. A 5×10 storage unit is suited for homeowners looking to pursue a home renovation or simply declutter. This unit may be great for a small business owner or real estate agent needing a place to store items. 

  • 10×10 Storage Unit (100 square feet)

A 10×10 storage unit is about the size of a small bedroom. This unit can hold the contents of a 1-bedroom apartment, including larger furniture, appliances, and multiple boxes. The storage unit may be Ideal for storing belongings during a move or for businesses needing to store excess inventory.

  • 10×15 Storage unit (150 square feet)

A 10×15 storage unit is approximately the size of a large bedroom. This storage unit can accommodate the contents of a 1-bedroom house or 2-bedroom apartment, including furniture, appliances, and numerous boxes. This storage unit may be used for recreational equipment or bikes.

  • 10×20 Storage Unit (200 square feet)

A 10×20 storage unit is comparable to a standard one-car garage. This unit is suited for large furniture items, appliances, boxes, recreational equipment, and more. This storage unit is ideal for individuals or families needing long-term storage during a home renovation, travel, or move. It may also be used by people downsizing from a 2-3 bedroom home to a smaller house or apartment or business owners looking for commercial storage.

  • 10×30 Storage Unit (300 square feet)

A 10×30 storage unit is about the size of a large garage. This unit can hold large furniture items, appliances, boxes, recreational equipment, and small recreational vehicles such as bikes and small trailers. This storage unit is ideal for long-term storage typically utilized by people looking to store their household items while they travel or move. This storage unit may also be used by people downsizing from a 4-5 bedroom home to a smaller house or apartment. This unit is also a great fit for commercial storage needs such as business inventory.

  • Outdoor RV parking

Outdoor RV parking is typically used for RV, boat, or auto vehicle storage. These lots are typically uncovered however some storage units offer outdoor covered storage for those looking for additional protection.

Factors To Consider When Choosing A Storage Unit Size

Answering the question “What size storage unit do I need?” is not always easy. If you are having trouble knowing how much space you need to store your belongings, start by taking inventory of what must be stored. 

To help further uncover what size storage unit you need, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Are there multiple large items I need to store?

Not only does the number of items matter, but the amount of space each item requires is important to estimate. 

For example, small items can be tightly packed in boxes and the boxes can be stacked efficiently in the unit. However, large or awkwardly shaped items will take up additional space in the unit.

  • Will I need to access the items in the storage unit often?

If you need regular access, opt for a larger unit to ensure there is enough space to move around and retrieve items easily. You may also consider organizing your storage unit with shelves.

If the items will be stored long-term without frequent access, a smaller unit with carefully arranged items may suffice. Another tip to consider is storing less frequently used items in the back of your storage unit and more commonly used items in the front of your storage space. 

  • What is the purpose of your storage unit? How long will I need to store my items?

Consider whether you’ll need additional storage space in the future. It might be more cost-effective to rent a slightly larger unit now than to upgrade later. Anticipate any seasonal items or additional belongings that may need storage over time.

Choosing a storage unit that is too small leads to a difficult time packing your belongings into the unit. If you are debating whether or not you should size up your storage unit, it is safe to choose the larger unit.

Tips for Maximizing Storage Space

Maximizing the space in your storage unit can help you get the most out of your rental. Here are some tips to make the most of your storage unit:

  • Use Uniform Boxes
    • Using boxes of the same size can help you stack them more efficiently.
    • Label each box clearly to know what’s inside without opening each box.
  • Disassemble Large Items
    • Take apart large furniture pieces like beds, tables, and shelving units to save space and make them easier to store.
    • Keep all hardware and small parts in labeled bags and tape them to the corresponding item to avoid losing them.
  • Utilize Vertical Space
    • Make use of the unit’s height by stacking boxes and items vertically. Place heavier items at the bottom and lighter, more fragile items on top.
    • If you can place items such as a couch up on their end to free up floor space, this is always a great space saver.
    • Consider using shelving units to create additional layers of storage.
  • Protect Your Items
    • Use protective covers for furniture and mattresses to prevent dust and damage.
    • Wrap fragile items in bubble wrap or packing paper and place them in sturdy boxes.
  • Create an Inventory List
    • Keep an inventory list of all the items in your storage unit. This will help you keep track of what you have stored and make it easier to find specific items when needed.

Find A Storage Unit Near You

Choosing the right size storage unit doesn’t have to be overwhelming. By understanding the different sizes available and considering your specific needs, you can find the perfect storage unit to keep your belongings safe and organized. Remember to take inventory of your items and consider how often you need to access your storage unit. 

Now that you know what size storage unit you may need, it is time to find a storage unit near you. Urban Self Storage has over 75 facilities operated throughout Washington, Oregon, New Mexico, and Arizona. When it comes to quality, Urban Self Storage goes above and beyond to ensure customers are satisfied with their rental experience. Find a convenient location with your desired amenities today.

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