Renting a Storage Unit: Getting the Size Right

When you decide to rent a storage unit, the first question you need to ask is how much storage space you need for your belongings. Even when you know what you need to store, it can be difficult to correctly estimate your storage needs.

At Storage West, we have the expertise to help you determine the best storage unit for your belongings. Here’s what you need to know.

Why Do You Need a Storage Space?

The first question is why you need a storage space. Some people need a space to store everything they own. Others just need a spot to put their seasonal items, such as ski equipment, clothing, and holiday decorations, during the off-season. Businesses sometimes need a place to store or stage trade show supplies.

If you’re storing the contents of an entire apartment or house, you’ll need a larger space than you’ll need for smaller items.

How Much Will You Be Storing?

The next question has to do with how many items you’ll be storing. Our storage space calculator asks the size of your home and then asks whether you have more items than the average person.

What we mean by that is that someone who lives a minimalistic life with few belongings is unlikely to need the same amount of space as someone who is sentimental and saves everything. Some of us are collectors while others are not.

Our sizing guide also gives renters the opportunity to specify exactly what they’ll be storing. Large items take up a lot of space. We’re referring to things like these:

  • Sofas
  • Beds
  • Entertainment consoles
  • Vehicles (snow mobiles, etc.)

On the other hand, if you’re mostly storing boxes, it’s possible to fit quite a few into a small space. Even a 5’ X 5’ space can hold dozens of boxes.

Do You Really Need to Store It?

A lot of our Storage West clients come to us with uncertainty about what they can or should store. Here are some questions to ask yourself before you settle on a storage unit:

  • Will I need to get to these items regularly?
  • Are these items seasonal?
  • Am I sure I want to keep these items?
  • Do these items need special protection?

That last question is an important one. Our Storage West facilities have tight security and we have heated units to protect your valuable papers and other items. We are also equipped to handle vehicle storage and other specialty storage needs.

Get Help If You Need It

Even if you ask yourself all these questions, you may still feel unsure about how much storage space you need. If that’s the case, our Storage West specialists are here to help.

We can help you evaluate your storage needs and determine which of our storage spaces is best suited for your belongings. We realize it can be confusing and that it’s not cost-effective to rent a large space than you need.

Click here to contact us about your storage needs. We have decades of experience and we’re happy to help.

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