It is overwhelmed and stressful when you must move and realize you have too much stuff to fit in the new place. So, in waiting for building a new garage or a shed, you need a temporary place to store your household items. The same for a business people when he/she needs to rent a self-storage unit for their inventory. It is essential to know what unit size could meet your needs, the budget, and the location, etc.,
So, to help you save time and money, here are some useful tips about self-storage unit capacity guild before renting one. Please note that how much can a unit hold depends directly on the type and number of items to be stored and the way they are packed and stacked in the unit.
Below is the general unit size guideline:
- 5 feet by 5 feet (25 square feet): looks like a size of a small walk-in closet that fits a twin mattress set, one to two pieces of small furniture, chair, boxes, and miscellaneous small items. Other suggested uses such as business or personal records; college students’ belongings and seasonal items.
- 5 feet by 10 feet (50 square feet): looks like a mid-size bedroom, fits a studio apartment with typical contents such as furniture, couch and chair, box springs and mattress set, small items and boxes.
- 5 feet by 15 feet (75 square feet): looks like a large walking closet, fits a one-bedroom apartment with appliances; several boxes and small items.
- 10 feet by 10 feet (100 square feet): looks like a standard bedroom, fits a two-bedroom and boxes.
- 10 feet by 15 feet (150 square feet): looks like a huge master bedroom, fits a three-bedroom apartment.
- 10 feet by 20 feet (200 square feet): looks like a small garage, fits a three-bedroom apartment and appliances.
- 10 feet by 30 feet (300 square feet): looks like a single-car garage, fits over a four-bedroom apartment.
- 15 feet by 15 feet (225 square feet): looks like an extra-large master bedroom, fits a three-bedroom apartment and boxes.
- 20 feet by 20 feet (400 square feet): large size, looks like a two-car garage, fits a six to seven-bedroom apartment with boxes and more.
Above is an estimated guideline. Every unit sizes may vary by facilities and or locations.
For the sized from 100 feet and up, there is plenty of room for other suggested uses such as outdoor furniture, lawn mower, motorcycle, car, and big tools or items.
Before renting, see the storage unit in person if possible so you can visualize how your stuff fit in and bring a measuring tape, just in case you go home and try to create a similar-sized box to see how your stuff will fit.
After packing, make a list of what you want to put in the storage, label and put them all on the floor in a room so you can have a general idea how they fit in a unit.
Here are some packing tips:
It is essential to choose the right box and how to pack the light and bulky items separately and safely. If you combine different weights of things in one box, make sure put the heavier items on the bottom and mark the box “this side up.”
Use large boxes for light items and smaller boxes for heavier ones.
Keep in mind the storage ceilings are usually about 7-8 feet high so that you can stack boxes and items better. Always working from the heaviest items on the bottom to provide a stable base, then to lightest things on top. Think vertical to make the best use of every inch of the space.
Make sure to know how to use the lock.