You finally decided to rent some storage place to conquer the ever-growing pile of things with nowhere else to go.
The truth of the matter is you’re not alone in your pursuit of extra space. Not by a long shot. As it were, one in 11 Americans are actively renting storage space.
The question is: how do you pick the size of your unit? After all, nothing can be more horrifying than showing up with your stuff to find out that your rental unit is too small to fit everything.
This is where a storage unit size guide is worth its weight in gold. Keep on reading to know all about the standard sizes, and which would best suit your needs.
Storage Unit Size Guide 101: Take Inventory
In order to pick the right storage unit size, you’ll need to take a thorough look at your inventory—that is everything you want to put in storage.
Use a measuring tape to get the dimensions of the larger items in your inventory. This will help you determine the smallest space you can pick without worrying that your bigger items won’t fit.
Once you have your dimensions down pat, you can use the size guide to select your perfectly-sized storage units.
Standard Unit Sizes
There are standard unit sizes readily available in the market and at most facilities. All —usually— come in with a height of eight feet.
However, the width and length of the unit can vary tremendously, from closet-sized units to small-house-sized units.
1. 5×5 Storage Unit
This is the smallest standard-size unit that you’ll find. It’s basically the size of a small walk-in closet.
Usually, it can hold tall narrow items like lamps, or one piece of furniture that’s narrow at the bottom. You can also add in from six to eight boxes stacked on top of each other.
2. 5×10 Storage Unit
Quite similar to the previous size, it can still be considered to be the size of a walk-in closet.
However, you can actually manage to add two large pieces of furniture as well as 10-15 boxes, due to the added five feet of space.
3. 5×15 Storage Unit
Once you hit 15 feet of space, the space becomes equivalent to the size of a small bedroom. Quite the upgrade from “closet” spaces.
It can hold multiple furnishings for a regular 500 sq. ft. residence, if you exclude any major appliances.
4. 10×10 Storage Unit
Now, we’re officially in the bedroom-size territory. The 10×10 storage unit is almost equal to one bedroom.
This storage unit can hold furnishings for a 750 sq. ft. house and you can store all the major appliances as well.
5. 10×15 Storage Unit
An upgrade from its smaller sibling, the 10×10 storage space, this storage unit is the size of two bedrooms.
If you have —an average of— 1,000 sq. ft. residence, you can store your appliances and a solid chunk of your furnishings in this storage space.
6. 10×20 Storage Unit
Taking the space of (almost) three bedrooms, this 10×20 storage unit can hold the furnishings and appliances for a 1,500 sq. ft. residence.
In addition, this storage unit is the start of suitable storage units that can hold vehicles. In this unit’s case, it’ll have to be compact vehicles. Our recommendation is to keep your car’s dimensions in mind.
7. 10×30 Storage Unit
This storage space is the last on the list of readily-available storage spaces on the market.
The 10×30 storage unit is the size of a boat, a commercial trailer, or even must full-size vehicles.
Storage Unit Sizes: Unlocked
We know how daunting it can be to try and pick the right storage unit for the uninitiated.
However, with this storage unit size guide, you can select the perfect storage unit to meet your needs (and no more).
Yet, if you’re hungry for more home improvement tips, make sure to check out our tips section for all the advice you can possibly want.