Picking a Storage Unit for Your Needs

Talking about storage units can become an overwhelming topic. What size unit do I need? How much will it cost me? Is that worth it for my needs? And these are just a few of the most popular questions that can arise.

Because self storage facilities offer a wide range of unit sizes, it can be confusing which size is best.

We contacted Mark Simpson from Extra Room Self Storage and he gave us some pointers on how to decide what may work best for your needs.

“Storage unit sizes are usually quoted in square feet (sqft.) which represents the floor space of the unit. A 25sqft. storage unit for example, is equivalent to a floor space five feet deep by five feet wide, 50sqft. – 10 feet deep by five feet wide and so on,” explains Simpson.

But it’s not really that easy. Simpson says that the exact dimensions of a unit can vary from store to store and even from one unit to another unit in the same store or facility.

“In general terms, there are six sizes of units that are the most popular,” says Simpson.

Here are the options he lists *they are approximates:

  • 25 square feet: space for approximately 50 removal boxes
  • 35 square feet: space for a bed or a transit van-load of things
  • 50 square feet: space for the contents of about one bedroom apartment
  • 75 square feet: space for the contents of about two bedrooms apartment
  • 100 square feet: space for the contents of a two-bedroom house
  • 150 square feet: space for the contents of a three-bedroom house

Simpson reminds your that each facility may be different and your needs may not “fit in a box,” so it’s very important to do research before you choose the right place for you.

“Everyone has unique requirements, so the best way to select a storage unit is to talk to someone in-store [facility] rather than rely on an online space estimator,” recommends Simpson.

Remember to put large square items like chest of drawers, washing machines, sideboards etc. on the floor and stack items like chairs, lamps and other awkward shaped things on top. Stand mattresses up against the walls to save space.

“Even sofas will usually store well on their end with some protection under the arm rather than laid flat on the floor,” says Simpson.

To make things a little easier on yourself, Simpson suggests to make a brief list of the large items you plan to store and visit the self storage facility when the reception is open to have a look at the different sizes for yourself.

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer

June Brockmeyer is a writer based in Phoenix, Arizona. Her background includes TV news writing and reporting, weather forecasting as well as blogging; specifically for small businesses, software, education and lifestyle. June is fluent in Spanish and has experience in translation, writing and tutoring. Having moved back and forth from the U.S. to Mexico a few times, June enjoys researching new options for storage solutions and moving. She is a fan of organization and celebrates new ideas to help stay clutter-free in her everyday life. She graduated Cum Laude from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University and loves to spend time with her husband, baby boy and their cute Havaneese dog, Reef.
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