15 August 2019/Storage Tips

How To Determine What Size Of Storage Unit You Need

Estimating The Size Of Storage Unit You Need In 3 Easy Steps

The storage units we offer at U•STORE•IT are made to solve any challenge you have with storing the things most valuable to you. Self-storage units have housed it all: from furniture to boxes of archival materials to personal vehicles and more. So the question arises: how big of a storage unit do I need? For the uninitiated, this can be challenging. Fortunately, when it comes to looking for the right self-storage unit size, we have a few tips to find the right storage solution for you.

1. Make An Inventory List

Before you undertake a task as monumental as packing a storage unit, it’s essential to make a list of all the items you’re planning on storing. Organize your items into two categories: items you intend to access on a regular basis and items that need to be sealed away as that will affect how you approach packing. Start visualizing your items in boxes, make notes as to whether you need to take apart anything. Disassembling furniture can help you pack units flat and could be the key decision in deciding what size unit to use. Make sure to label everything. Keeping labels on your belongings will make going back to your self-storage unit a whole lot easier.

2. Do Your Research

Size matters. It’s important to measure out the larger items you need to stow away in a self-storage unit. It’ll save you time by focusing on storage units that meet your needs. It can be difficult to assess how much space you will actually need, especially if you haven’t used storage units before. Once you’ve created an inventory and know just what’s going into storage, you can use that to better determine the size unit you need. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of the equation by detailing the specs of our available storage units with our unit size guide. Our smallest one is a 5×5 unit, roughly equivalent to the size of a personal closet. Perfect if you were just looking to store some boxes or some other small household items. If you need something bigger to store your furniture, a 5×10 unit or a 10×10 unit would have enough space for the large appliances and furniture in your life. If that’s not enough, upgrade to the 10×30; it’s big enough to house the contents of a five-bedroom home.

3. Check Out The Storage Unit In-Person

This step is one often overlooked by people but visiting the storage facility in person can immediately answer questions you have about what items can fit. U•STORE•IT offers tours of our facilities so that you can find the perfect size to fit your needs. Besides getting a good understanding of how to move your items in, you’ll also be able to make appropriate measurements and see if you will be able to take advantage of the unit’s height by stacking your boxes. Our staff is always on hand to answer any questions you have that can help make your storage experience a smooth one.

These steps can eliminate some of the challenges and risks involved in picking a self-storage unit with adequate space and get you much closer to having your belongings properly stored and accounted for.

Bonus: Preparation & Organization

With an organized approach to storage, you can maximize your storage space. To get fully prepared for your new storage unit, read our latest posts on how to properly pack your moving truck, how to store items in a storage unit, and the differences between climate controlled and heated storage units.