How To Choose the Right Size Self Storage Unit

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How To Choose the Right Size Self Storage Unit

30 May 2023 –– Tips & Advice

In this guide, we'll walk you through the factors to consider when selecting the perfect size self storage unit for your needs.

Advice from Toby Whittaker Managing Director, Store First Ltd

Whether moving to a smaller home, decluttering your living space, or needing extra storage for your business, choosing the right size self-storage unit is crucial. Opting for a too-small unit will leave you struggling to fit your belongings while renting a too-large unit will result in wasted space and unnecessary expenses.

Assess Your Storage Needs

Start by evaluating what items you plan to store. List the different categories, such as furniture, appliances, boxes, and seasonal items. This will give you a clear idea of the amount and types of belongings you need to accommodate in the storage unit.

Consider Future Needs

Anticipate any changes in your storage needs in the future. Will you add more items over time or gradually reduce your stored belongings? With Store First, you can downsize or upscale your unit whenever needed, with no added costs - you only pay for the size you need and with free access to moving equipment, it's a hassle-free move.

Measure and Estimate

Measure the dimensions of the largest items you intend to store, such as furniture or appliances. This will help you determine how much space you need for square footage. Additionally, consider any extra space you may require for manoeuvring or creating walkways within the unit.

Utilise Online Tools and Size Guides

Many self-storage facilities provide online tools and size guides to assist customers in choosing a suitable unit. These resources often feature virtual space estimators and unit size recommendations based on the number of rooms or specific item lists. Take advantage of these tools to better understand the ideal unit size for your belongings. You can find our unit sizes on each storage location page or use the gallery slider at the bottom of this page. 

Visit the Facility

Pop into the store in person if you'd rather have a visual representation of the available unit sizes. This will give you a better sense of the space and help you envision how your items will fit inside. Our staff can provide valuable guidance and answer any questions you may have.

Optimise Storage Space

Efficiently utilise the storage space by considering organisation and stacking techniques. Use sturdy shelving and stackable containers, and utilise vertical space by stacking items whenever possible. This will help you maximise the use of your unit, regardless of its size.

Flexibility and Accessibility

Consider how frequently you'll need access to your stored items. If you anticipate frequent visits or the need to retrieve specific items, opt for a slightly larger unit to allow for easier access and organisation within the space.

You can select a unit that perfectly accommodates your belongings by assessing your storage needs, utilising online tools and size guides, and considering future requirements. Remember to optimise the space within the unit and consider factors like flexibility and accessibility. Find your nearest self storage unit and get an instant price online.