What Size Storage Unit Do I Need?

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At Storage Post, we offer a wide variety of storage unit sizes to fit your needs. Here are a few tips to help you find the best fit for your belongings.

Take Inventory

Estimate your number of boxes and/or totes and make a list of the furniture and appliances you plan to store. Be sure to include any irregular or awkwardly shaped items that will not be packed in boxes (lamps, bikes, etc.) on your list.

Consider the Length of Time You Will Be Storing Your Items

If you are storing your items short term, you can pack everything close together, but if you are planning to store your belongings for a longer period of time you may want extra space for ventilation. If you plan on placing everything in your unit, closing the door, and not accessing it until you move everything out, you can opt for a smaller space. If you are going to be regularly accessing your items you will want to create aisles or walkways, so you won’t have to take everything out to find the item you’re looking for. Consider your future needs. Will you be adding more items later? Be sure your space can accommodate both your current and your future items.

Size Guide

Once you know everything that you’re going to store, you can figure out what unit size you need. Each Storage Post location offers a variety of unit types and sizes. Here are a a few of our size options and a rough estimate of what you can fit in each size.

  • 5x5 Unit (25 sq. ft.): Roughly the size of a home closet, you can usually touch both walls when you stretch out your arms. This size of unit is excellent for storing twin-size mattresses, books, garden tools, seasonal items, office supplies, camping gear, children’s toys, off-season clothing, and/or miscellaneous boxes.
  • 5x10 Unit (50 sq. ft.): Ideal for storing the contents of a studio apartment, dorm room, single bedroom, or home office. You can store a queen-sized mattress set, dresser, TV, kitchen appliances, chairs, a number of boxes, and/or a bike/motorcycle in this sized unit.
  • 10x10 Unit (100 sq. ft.): Roughly equivalent to half of a standard one-car garage, in this sized unit you can store the contents of an entire living room and two full bedrooms: entertainment center, sofa, chairs, coffee table, dressers, nightstands, book shelves, mattresses sets, and/or larger appliances.
  • 10x15 Unit (150 sq. ft.): Slightly smaller than a standard one-car garage, this sized unit is perfect for storing the contents of a three-bedroom space: large furniture, big-screen TVs, pianos, appliances, and/or sporting equipment.

Take full advantage of all three dimensions (length, width, and height) when storing your items. Turning items such as sofas or dressers onto their side can often maximize your storage space. Still not sure what size of storage unit you need? Give us a call at Storage Post or stop by one of our facilities today and we’ll help you figure out the best size to suits your needs.