5 x 5 storage unit

How Much Can You Fit in a 5 x 5 Storage Unit?

5 x 5 storage unitOne of the most common questions we get is, “How much storage space should I rent?” It’s a good question – and a tricky one for most non-professionals to answer. Why? Because most people use a 5 x 5 living space quite differently than they would use a 5 x 5 storage unit.

In a living space, you want room to breathe. You wouldn’t stack things to the ceiling. The tendency to want space around our belongings can make it difficult to gauge how much you can really fit into a small storage unit. So, let’s answer the question. How much can you fit in a 5 x 5 storage unit? Spoiler alert: it’s more than you think.

Consider the Vertical Space of a 5 x 5 Storage Unit

For one thing, most storage units are eight feet tall. This provides 200 cubic feet of storage space.

A good way to make sure that you’re maximizing your space is to measure large items. These include beds, chests of drawers, and other furniture that you may want to put into your space. Keep in mind that some items may be best stored on their sides to maximize your use of the vertical space in the unit.

What Items Typically Fit in a 5 x 5?

It can be hard to visualize what will fit in a small space without some guidance. Here are some examples of things that can be stored in a 5 x 5 storage unit:

A mattress
A small chest of drawers
Small tables

Keep in mind that a small mattress set usually means a twin mattress. If you’re planning to store a queen or king mattress set, you’ll need a larger space.

Who Typically Rents a 5 x 5 Storage Unit?

Small storage spaces like the 5 x 5 spaces we’re discussing are generally best used for overflow storage. They’re not big enough to store large furniture or dozens of boxes.

We find that these are some of the most common uses for small self-storage spaces:

Additional storage for people living in small apartments with limited space
Storage of off-season clothing, bedding, and accessories
Storage of seasonal items like holiday decorations, lawn furniture, sporting gear, and gardening equipment

A lot of the people who rent our 5 x 5 storage units are people who don’t want to use their limited storage space for items they use rarely or seasonally. They can swap out items as needed, and it frees up their home storage space for frequently-used items.

Tips for Maximizing Your Self Storage Space

If you rent a 5 x 5 space, you’ll want to do whatever you can to maximize it. Here are some tips:

Play around with measurements and store items on their sides as needed to maximize floor space
Bring shelves to allow easier access to vertical storage
Nest small items inside larger ones to use negative space
Put items you’ll need more frequently near the door of your unit
Labeling everything before you move things into your unit will ensure that you can identify items and remove them as needed.


A 5 x 5 storage unit can hold more than you think it can! If you’re in need of overflow storage or a place to keep rarely-used items, these small spaces may do the trick.

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