Choosing The Perfect Self-Storage Unit Size

Published on 4/1/2024

You might need a bigger storage unit!

Cartoon image of frustrated lady standing in front of her overcrowded storage unit.

Self-storage units have become an essential part of modern life. Whether you're decluttering your home, prepping for a move, or need a place to park your prized RV, there's a storage solution out there for you. But with a variety of unit sizes and facility types, choosing the right one can feel overwhelming. Don't worry, this guide will equip you with the knowledge to conquer the clutter and find the perfect fit for your storage needs.

Sizing Up Your Stuff

The first step is understanding what you'll be storing. Here's a breakdown of common storage scenarios and ideal unit sizes:

  • Personal belongings & furniture:
    • Small unit (5x5 or 5x10): Perfect for storing seasonal items, extra clothes, or the contents of a single room. Think of it as a walk-in closet on steroids.
    • Medium unit (10x10 or 10x15): Ideal for a studio or one-bedroom apartment's worth of furniture and belongings.
    • Large unit (10x20 or bigger): Accommodates the contents of a larger house, including furniture, appliances, and boxes.


  • Storing Boats & RVs:
    • Vehicle storage units: These units are typically wider and taller than standard units to accommodate boats, trailers, and RVs. They may also offer drive-up access for easy loading and unloading.
    • Boats & RVs: If you're looking to store a boat, RV, or another oversized vehicle, consider these factors:
      • Length: Measure your vehicle's total length, including any bumpers or hitches.
      • Height: Factor in the vehicle's height with any rooftop accessories.
      • Drive-thru access: Essential for easy loading and unloading of your boat or RV.


Mini Storage vs. Traditional Facilities

There are two main types of storage facilities to consider:

  • Mini storage: These facilities typically offer smaller units, often with climate control, and are easily accessible with drive-up units. They're ideal for storing personal belongings or smaller vehicles.
  • Traditional storage: These facilities may offer a wider range of unit sizes, including large units or outdoor storage for vehicles. They might also provide additional services like packing supplies.

Finding the Perfect Fit

Once you've considered the size and type of storage you need, it's time to explore facilities in your area. Here are some tips for making your choice:

  • Get quotes: Compare prices and features from different facilities.
  • Read reviews: See what other customers have to say about the cleanliness, security, and customer service.
  • Consider climate control: This is important for protecting furniture and belongings from extreme temperatures or humidity.
  • Accessibility: Think about how often you'll need to access your belongings and choose a facility with convenient hours.

By following these tips, you can choose the perfect self-storage unit and finally conquer that clutter!

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