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How to Figure Out What Size Storage Unit I Need

November 11, 2023

Moving and How to Figure Out What Size Storage Unit You Need

Ah, the joys of moving! Said nobody ever. Whether you’re moving to a new apartment in a new city, downsizing, or just overwhelmed by the amount of stuff you’ve accumulated over the years, there may come a time when you need to rent a storage unit. And just like trying to fit everything into a tiny apartment, trying to figure out the right size storage unit can be a daunting task. But don’t worry, we’re here to help you through the process.

Unit Sizes

size storage unit First and foremost, let’s talk about what sizes you can typically find in storage units. The smallest size, usually around 5×5 feet, is perfect for people looking to store seasonal items such as holiday decorations or old winter clothes. A 5×10 unit can fit the contents of a small room such as a studio or efficiency apartment, while a 10×10 unit can hold the contents of a one-bedroom apartment. For those with larger spaces, a 10×20 unit can hold the contents of a two-bedroom house, and a 10×30 unit can hold everything from a three-bedroom house. Now, you may be thinking, “But wait, what if I have weirdly shaped items like a canoe or a motorcycle?” No problem, for most storage facilities offer units with larger door openings and higher ceilings for items like these. Plus, you can easily drive up to the front of your unit with your U-Haul or trailer and unload your items right into your unit.


Of course, security is a top priority when it comes to storing your belongings. Most storage units feature 24-hour surveillance cameras and managers to ensure your belongings are safe and secure. Access is also important, and many facilities offer extended hours of operation for your convenience.

Climate Control

Another consideration is whether to opt for a climate-controlled unit or not. While non-climate-controlled units are fine for items like outdoor furniture and sporting equipment, they’re definitely not ideal for temperature-sensitive items such as fragile antiques or pricey artwork. Climate-controlled units maintain a consistent temperature and humidity level, protecting your items from damage caused by extreme temperatures or moisture. In conclusion, figuring out what size storage unit you need doesn’t have to be a headache-inducing task. With these basic guidelines you’ll be well on your way to decluttering your space and keeping your belongings safe and sound.

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