What Size Storage Unit Do I Need?

Self storage units help millions of people around the world house and secure their valuables. Whether you are a business owner looking to store inventory off-site, or a homeowner looking to keep seasonal clothing and items out of your hair throughout the year, a self-storage unit serves a multitude of purposes and can make your life a lot easier and well organized. That being said, you want to ensure that you are investing in a self storage space that is the right size for the job. Below are some considerations to keep in mind when deciding on the storage space size that is right for you.

Take inventory of what you are storing

Before even signing a contract for a self storage unit, you should first take an inventory of all the things that you want to store. You can calculate the surface area of everything you plan on storing (including what you have already placed in boxes) as well as the height to determine what size unit is going to be necessary to house all of your belongings.

How mobile do you want to be in the unit?

Some people invest in self storage units simply so that they can stuff a bunch of stuff in and not have to worry about it for a long time. Other people are constantly rotating things in and out of their unit and like to be able to move around while they are in there so that it is easy to locate, load, and remove items. Obviously a unit that is much bigger than the items being stored is going to allow you to do the latter much better than one that is just big enough to cram everything inside.

Use the available diagrams

There are plenty of diagrams online (both on the storage facility’s website and elsewhere), which show you detailed information on different sized storage units that are filled with an assortment of common items. Using this, you can extrapolate it to what you will be storing and have a better idea of what sized unit other people use to comfortably store similar amounts and types of belongings.

Always go bigger rather than smaller

The chances are you are going to get so much utility out of your self storage unit that you are going to begin to look for other things you have around the home or the office that could be considered clutter and want to store those too. If you have gone and spent money on a unit that was only able to comfortably hold the original items you put in it, you are either going to have to upgrade (and move all of the things out of the original unit), or deal with having clutter you could have gotten rid of.

Choosing a self storage size is relatively straightforward. There are a lot of resources online that you can use to get a pretty accurate idea of your size requirements and you can also speak to one of the experts at your local self storage facility. When in doubt, however, always opt for more space to minimize having to double move items.