5 Easy Steps To Determine What Size Storage Unit You Need

Choosing the right unit for storage does not have to be trial and error. Instead, the process should be simple, saving you from the headache of moving – packing, planning, and transportation. Besides choosing a secure storage unit as part of your move, you can use the units when downsizing your home, preparing your closet for winter, or clearing clutter in your home.

Before asking what size storage unit you need, here are the basics of Real Storage's units:

- Guaranteed security of your belongings

- Can fit items large and small

- Climate controlled units

- Prevent damage by pests

- These five steps will help you choose the correct storage unit size

1) Take Stock of All your Items

Before you even strike a deal with a storage company, the company will want to know what items you are storing. Thus, it is essential first to take stock of things under your possession.Taking stock, in the storage set-up, involves a careful assessment of your belongings before taking the next move. It incorporates two stages: making an inventory of all your belongings and deciding on materials to be stored.

Create an Inventory

An inventory is a full list containing your belongings. However, you don't have to create a list of small materials like a cell phone – generate an inventory of objects that you can pack and store. These items would include sofa beds, washers, freezers, bikes, outdoor items like boats, etc.

Decide On Items To Store

The reason for storage will influence your choice of items to store. For instance, storing outdoor furniture like boats is part of prepping your cottage for winter. Similarly, downsizing your home would mean storing large items such as sofa sets and refrigerators.

2) Decide on the Packing Style

After making an inventory and choosing the supplies to store, the next step is deciding on the suitable packing style. Do you want to cram (stuff) a storage unit or you want to leave spaces in the unit? Cramming or not cramming the storage space are among the first things to consider in choosing what size storage unit is suitable for you. Intuitively, you will need a bigger storage space if you feel not cramming than if you want to jam the unit.

Another packing style is vertical. Of course, this option is best if your list is a mix of both big items and small ones. In this case, small supplies are packed on top of heavy ones. This technique saves space, reducing the unit size needed. However, consider stacking the small supplies in boxes for secure storage. In the case of vast belongings such as vehicles and boats, the typical space would be massive. So the size of your equipment and furniture determine the basic packing style.

3) Storage Units Available

Mostly, the smallest size of a storage unit is 25 square foot while the largest size is 400 square foot. In other words, the units' size ranges from 5 feet by 5 feet to 20 feet by 20 feet. Here is a breakdown of what various units can hold.

  • 5 x 5 units

    These units can store items up to 25 square foot. Typically, you can easily touch the units' walls by standing at the center with stretched arms. With their small space, they are essential for personal items, garden furniture, a small mattress, toys, or a dresser

  • 5 x 10 units

    Items can take up to 50 square foot in these units. The units are best for TV, storage boxes, a medium mattress, and a bike

  • 10 x 10 units

    The 100 square foot spaces can fit two bedroom furniture or equipment in a living room including sofa sets, tables, and chairs

  • 10 x 15 units

    These units have 150 square foot of space to hold large items like pianos and couches, or components of a three bedroom

  • 10 x 20 units

    The units can fit objects of a four bedroom apartment or house. The 200 square foot units can as well accommodate a standard car size

  • 10 x 30 units

    As the common large units in most facilities, they accommodate large items including boats and vehicles, or objects of a five-bedroom apartment. The largest units are 20 by 20 and can accommodate all items.

Regarding the heights of storage units, they rise to an average height of 8 feet.

4) Estimate Space Needed

When hiring a moving company to help you move homes, the size of the truck used can determine the amount of space needed for storage. For example, a 25-foot truck would mean your items can fit in a storage unit of 200-square feet or below. Likewise, a unit size of 100-square feet is equivalent to a 15-foot truck.

5) Utilize Online Guides

The internet has changed our lives in many ways. Common online guides will break down the items a unit can hold using charts and diagrams most efficiently

What's Next

To recap, you need to observe these steps when choosing the right storage unit:

  • Make a list of items

  • Decide what and how to maximize storage space

  • Ask for available units sizes

  • Use a truck to gauge the space required

  • Utilize size guides

Now, after observing the above steps and settling on your desired unit size, it is your time to relax and let the storage company manage the stored items. To learn more, call Real Storage Group at 1 877 2157325.