Finding the right size storage unit can be a challenging task. Too small, and you won’t fit everything in; too large, and you’re wasting money on space you don’t need. At East Penn Self Storage, we understand this struggle and want to help. In this guide, we will explore some tips and considerations to help you determine the perfect storage unit size for your needs.
Understanding Storage Unit Sizes
Before you start estimating the storage space you need, it’s helpful to understand how storage units are typically sized. Storage unit sizes are usually expressed in feet (width x depth), and the square footage gives you an idea of the total floor space. Common sizes range from small lockers of around 5×5 feet, up to large units of 20×25 feet or more.
Estimating Your Storage Space Needs
Here’s how to get a better idea of the amount of storage space you might need:
Start by listing all the items you plan to store. Remember to include everything from furniture and appliances to boxes and individual items.
Group Your Items
Next, group your items based on their size and how easily they can be stacked or disassembled. For instance, while a sofa might take up a lot of floor space, it also provides a flat surface for storing boxes.
Use Online Tools
East Penn Self Storage provides online size guides or calculators. Input your inventory list into these tools for a rough estimate of the space you’ll need.
Understanding Common Storage Unit Sizes
To provide more clarity, let’s break down what you can typically fit into the most common storage unit sizes:
5×5 Unit (25 sq ft): This size is perfect for storing small furniture, a few boxes, and miscellaneous items like garden tools or seasonal decor.
5×10 Unit (50 sq ft): Suitable for the contents of a small or medium-sized room, including some larger furniture pieces, boxes, or a bicycle or motorcycle.
10×10 Unit (100 sq ft): This size can typically hold the contents of two bedrooms or a family room. This includes larger furniture like sofas and mattresses, appliances, and many boxes.
10×15 Unit (150 sq ft): Ideal for larger homes, this can store the contents of up to three bedrooms, along with larger items like appliances, desks, bookcases, and a large number of boxes.
10×20 Unit (200 sq ft): Suitable for a multi-bedroom house, including all rooms and larger items such as appliances, and many boxes. It can also accommodate a small vehicle.
10×30 Unit (300 sq ft): This size is suitable for a large, multi-bedroom house, a vehicle, and several large items.
Remember, these are approximate guidelines. The amount you’ll be able to fit in your storage unit will depend on how well you pack and arrange your items.
Tips for Maximizing Your Storage Unit Space
Here are some tips to help you make the most of your storage space:
Dismantle Furniture: If possible, take apart large pieces of furniture for easier storage.
Use All Spaces: Make use of empty spaces inside drawers or appliances to store smaller items.
Stack Strategically: Stack items carefully, with heavier, sturdier items at the bottom.
Store Vertically: Make use of the height of your storage unit, not just the floor space.
Determining the right storage unit size is an essential step in the storage process. At East Penn Self Storage, we’re here to help you find the perfect fit for your needs. Contact us today for more guidance or to learn more about the variety of storage unit sizes we offer.