self storage size guide

Self-Storage Size Guide: How to Rent the Right Size Unit

self storage size guide

Deciding which storage unit size to choose is difficult for some people.  That’s why a self-storage size guide is a useful tool.  

We put together this simple version that we think will help, along with some tips about how to maximize your storage space. 

Also, for your convenience, Storage West offers an interactive self-storage size guide that can help you figure out what size storage space is right for you or your business. This tool asks simple questions in order to guide you toward the size of the unit that you will need. 

Self-Storage Size Guide

Listed below is a quick reference guide to help determine the amount of space you will need.  Click on the size link to read a longer article about what is possible with that particular size. 

5′ x 5′  Storage Unit

Equivalent to: 4′ x 8′ Trailer or Small Closet

Will Hold: 10-15 average size boxes or small furniture and misc. household items

5′ x 10′ Storage Unit

Equivalent to: 6′ x 12′ Trailer, Pickup Truck, or Large Closet

Will Hold: Refrigerator, Sofa, Bed, and Boxes

10′ x 10′ Storage Unit

Equivalent to: 15′ Moving Truck or Small Bedroom

Will Hold: Sofa, Entertainment Center, Bed, Washer/Dryer, Bicycles, Toolboxes, Lawn Tools and Boxes

10′ x 15′ Storage Unit

Equivalent to: 20′ Moving Truck or Average Bedroom

Will Hold: Sofa, Refrigerator, Chairs, Washer/Dryer, Bicycles, Toolboxes, Bedroom Set, Kitchen Table, Boxes, and Misc. Household Items

10′ x 20′ Storage Unit

Equivalent to: 24′ Moving Truck or Small Single Car Garage

Will Hold: Furnishings from a small home with appliances or one average trailer and boxes

10′ x 25′ Storage Unit

Equivalent to: 26′ Moving Truck or Average Single Car Garage

Will Hold: Furnishings from a 2-3 bedroom home with appliances or an average trailer with washer/dryer and boxes

How to Maximize Your Self-Storage Unit Size

If you are trying to maximize your self-storage unit size, remember that organization is essential.  Items that should go toward the back are the heaviest, biggest, and/or least likely to be needed items. Then you can pack boxes up to the ceiling on either side of a small aisle. 

Boxes should be clearly labeled. A color-coding system can also help you find things faster. If big enough, you can add shelving to your storage unit.  This increases organization quickly. If you want the flexibility to add more to your unit, leave room in the front for what you may purchase later or find at antique shops.

Each of our facilities sells a wide variety of boxes and moving supplies in the office. Ask our friendly managers what materials would be best for your individual storage needs.  To discover more organizational tips, check out this article about making the most of your storage unit.  

For additional help in estimating your storage needs or renting a unit, please don’t hesitate to contact our friendly self-storage managers or one of our knowledgeable call center representatives.  You should definitely reach out if the size you want isn’t available at your location. 

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