How Much Storage Do You Need? An ultimate Guide to Self Storage Unit Sizes

Can't work out how to choose the perfect unit size? We've got you covered. This guide will help you pair your belongings with the right-sized space. Whether you need storage for a two bedroom house, a small space for various items, or warehouse storage for business stock, they'll be something for you.

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27/03/2024

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How Much Storage Do You Need? An ultimate Guide to Self Storage Unit Sizes

Can't work out how to choose the perfect unit size? We've got you covered. This guide will help you pair your belongings with the right-sized space. Whether you need storage for a two bedroom house, a small space for various items, or warehouse storage for business stock, they'll be something for you.

Boxes outside storage unit

We'll help you find the perfect storage unit size for your needs.

Entering the world of self storage might seem like opening Pandora's box—so many sizes, so many options, and yes, the fear of either cramming your treasures into too small a space or wasting cash on a cavern you don't need.

That's why we covered everything you need to know about picking the optimal storage unit size.

Let's dive in!

Sizes of storage units

Choosing the right storage unit size can make all the difference in protecting and organising your belongings. From personal keepsakes to large furniture, let's explore what storage unit sizes are available so you can match them to your needs.

Small storage units (10 to 50 sq. ft.)

Woman and small storage unit

10 sq. ft.

Comparable to a telephone box, suitable for storing small furniture, boxes, or a few suitcases. Ideal for students or those looking to store a few items temporarily​.

25 sq. ft.

About the size of a small garden shed, perfect for garden tools, seasonal items like Christmas decorations, or small furniture pieces. This is popular among those with minimal storage needs (like students) offering enough room for items typically found in a shed​​​.

35 sq. ft.

Offers enough space for a small transit van load, making it a good choice for small apartments or if you're moving and need to store several boxes and a few pieces of furniture​​.

50 sq. ft.

Comparable to a mid-sized van, this unit can store items from a standard-size studio flat or a small flat's bulky furniture, including kitchen appliances.

Medium storage units (75 to 150 sq. ft.)

Boxes outside self storage unit

75 sq. ft.

Suitable for the contents of a two-bedroom townhouse, including mattresses, large appliances, and cabinets. A popular size often used for transitioning between homes​.

100 sq. ft.

The size of a standard home garage, capable of storing contents from a 2 bedroom house, including office items or larger furniture and appliances​​​.

150 sq. ft.

Ample for a 3-bedroom house's contents, offering space for dining sets, big screen TVs, and larger furniture or appliances. Think of it as a small garage in terms of space​​​.

Large storage units (175 to 300 sq. ft. and beyond)

Warehouse storage

175 sq. ft.

Equivalent to a small garage, this unit can accommodate the contents of an average 4-bedroom house. It's ideal if you need a lot of space for moving storage.

200 sq. ft.

Similar to a double garage, this provides enough room for vehicles, including boats and cars. Perfect if you need to store contents from a large home, along with outdoor equipment and boxes​​.

250 sq. ft. and 300 sq. ft.

These sizes are suitable for storing a small boat. The 300 sq. ft. unit is a popular choice for those moving from spacious properties, offering space for your vehicles and a range of other large items​​.

300 sq ft+

These units can easily house the contents of five-bedroom homes, large collections, or significant business inventory. They're suited for storing big items like a boat or car, as well as acting as an off-site stock storage or distribution centre for your business.

How do I determine the right size storage unit?

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To figure out the right size storage unit, follow these steps:

1. Measure your belongings

Accurately measure the length, width, and height of your items. This will help you understand the square footage and cubic feet needed for storage.

Knowing both measurements ensures you choose a unit that can comfortably accommodate all your items without wasting space or money on too large a unit.

2. Consider your items' layout

Think about how you'll arrange your items in the unit. This is particularly crucial for long-term storage, as a well-thought-out layout can prevent damage and make retrieving items easier.

Plan to place items you'll need access to near the front and less frequently needed items at the back. Also, consider leaving walkways within the unit for easy access.

3. Evaluate special requirements

Identify any special requirements your belongings might have, such as climate control for sensitive items like electronics, artwork, or documents. This step ensures that your valuables remain in good condition while in storage.

4. Use online tools

Many storage companies (like HOLD) offer online calculators or size guides to help you estimate the unit size you might need based on a description of your belongings. These tools can provide a good starting point.

5. Consult with storage facilities

Reach out to storage facilities with your estimated size and special requirements. They can offer advice based on their experience and may suggest a size that fits your needs perfectly.

6. Consider your future needs

Think about whether you'll be adding more items to storage in the future. It might be wise to choose a slightly larger unit to accommodate future storage needs. This removes the hassle of moving everything to a bigger unit later.

Tips for optimising your self storage unit

Enhancing the efficiency and organisation of your storage unit involves a series of strategic steps, each aimed at maximising space while ensuring easy access to your items. Here’s an expanded guide, interweaving essential keywords, to aid in the selection and utilisation of your storage space.

Keep a comprehensive inventory

Compiling a detailed inventory of what you intend to store (including the dimensions of each item) is key. This initial step not only assists in determining the appropriate storage unit size but also aids in visualising the spatial arrangement within the unit.

Accurate measurements in square feet (sq. ft.) can pinpoint exactly how much space you require. This lets you select a size that aligns with your storage needs, without overspending on unnecessary square footage.

Strategic packing and labelling

A person labelling boxes

Carefully packing and labelling your boxes is critical for optimising your storage unit. Ensure that items are packed securely to prevent damage, and label boxes clearly to indicate their contents.

This clarity is invaluable, particularly when you want to store items from different rooms of your house. Position items that are seldom needed towards the back of the unit, and those more frequently accessed toward the front.

This streamlines your retrieval process, making it straightforward to locate and access your belongings. Check out our guide to packing tips and how to find the best storage boxes.

Maximise your home storage

Person packing home storage shelves

Before committing to a self storage unit, we advise exhausting all available storage options within your home. If you maximise room size and forgotten space to your advantage, you could save money. This approach can significantly reduce the size and, consequently, the cost of the storage unit required.

Could your double bedroom be better utilised? Do you need to keep that seasonal décor? Is it time to declutter your large shed?

By reorganising existing spaces such as closets, garages, and attics, you may discover ample storage capacity that had previously been overlooked. This step ensures that only items that truly require external storage are kept in the storage unit, thereby economising on both space and expenditure.

Need more tips? Check out our strategies for decluttering your home.

Selecting the optimal storage unit

Man in self storage facility

The selection of a storage unit extends beyond mere size. You need to factor in unit access, location within the facility, and specific features (such as climate control for sensitive items) are also crucial.

Facilities often offer a range of storage units in different sizes, from compact units suitable for boxes and small furniture to expansive units capable of housing the contents of a five-bedroom home or even vehicles and boats.

Understanding the nuances of each available size — from a small 25 sq. ft. space akin to 300 sq. ft. units or larger that can store the contents of a large house—is essential.

Leverage facility resources

Man packing van with boxes

Storage facilities like HOLD provide tools and resources to assist customers in choosing the right unit size. These may include space estimators, which use the dimensions of your stored items to recommend an appropriate unit size, and friendly teams available to offer personalised advice based on your specific storage requirements.

Additionally, exploring options for a unit upgrade or downgrade can provide flexibility as your storage needs evolve.

HOLD self storage—Making your life easier

Tired of the same old storage companies? We have a better idea. HOLD is a cutting-edge London storage provider that puts customers' needs first. We're here to provide the ideal storage solution tailored to your needs.

Our friendly team is ready to guide you through our options and help you find the perfect fit. Whether you need a large garage For a hassle-free experience and to start your clutter-free life, reach out to us for a free quote today. Your peace of mind is just a conversation away.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the cost of storage at HOLD?

This depends on the size of the storage unit you need and the length of your stay. Prices start at £10pw for a locker. To find out a price, get a free quote online.

What notice do I have to give on my storage unit?

We require one month's notice; unused rent and deposit are refunded upon checkout.

When can I access my storage unit?

You can access your storage unit whenever you want. But due to new security measures, you will need prior approval to access your unit outside reception hours.

How can I insure my goods in storage?

Ensuring your belongings are insured while in storage is crucial for peace of mind. HOLD's comprehensive insurance is specifically for self-storage, covering a wide range of potential hazards.

What if I need a different sized storage unit?

Most storage facilities, including HOLD, allow you to switch to a different size without any penalty, as long as the desired unit size is available. This flexibility means you can adjust your storage space to match your current needs without fuss.

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