Whether you need to store your belongings for a short while during a move or for a longer period of time, choosing the right storage size for all your needs could be challenging. A storage size too small leaves you with no option but to seek an additional storage unit. On the other hand, too big a storage space leaves you paying for more than you need. We get down to the details that help you determine what storage size is best for your needs.
How many items do you need to store?
Volume is relative to the amount of items that you need to store. Creating an inventory of all the items that need storage gives you a rough idea of the storage size that best suits your needs. This is important as not all items to be stored can be packed in boxes. Irregular-shaped items such as a bicycle, the lawn mower or other home appliances like a washing machine tend to take up more space as they cannot be stacked like boxes do.
How long do you intend to store the items?
Longevity helps determine how best to store your items. If you intend to access the items in the near future, then you need to pack your items in a manner that leaves enough room to maneuver. It also means that you need to choose a storage unit that is big enough to allow for an aisle right in the middle for accessibility. If you are planning on storing the items for a long period, then you have the luxury of using the Tetris technique. It involves squeezing as many items into the storage space through creative storage. For instance, you can decide to store your sofa vertically leaning against the wall rather than the traditional horizontal position.
How familiar are you with the standard storage sizes?
Many self-storage facilities offer 5 standard storage sizes as follows:
- 5 by 5 – It is the smallest standard storage unit available. It is big enough to store several boxes and maybe one or two large items such as a small dresser or mattress.
- 5 by 10 – This one can accommodate slightly more items including a small love-seat, dresser, TV, sporting gear or a queen-sized mattress.
- 10 by 10 – This can fit items from a one-bedroom house including bookshelves, night stands, coffee tables, dressers and mattress sets.
- 10 by 15 – This fits all items from a standard 2 or 3 bedroom house including normal-sized appliances.
- 10 by 20 – This can accommodate items from a 3 or 4 bedroom house, including large furniture such as sofas and appliances.
- 10 x 30 – This accommodates all home items for a 4 - 5 bedroom house, while leaving enough space for indoor vehicle storage. It is also best for large business storage.
While it is easy to maximize the available space when storing items in boxes, irregular-sized items can get quite difficult to arrange. Make a point of visiting the storage facility and take a look at the available storage units. Seeing the storage sizes in person goes a long way in determining which size best suits your needs. Remember, when in doubt, it is safe to opt for a slightly larger storage space as opposed to a smaller one.