Choosing the proper self storage for your needs can be as simple as knowing exactly what you need to store. There are simple steps that you can use in order to form a plan that will provide you with a size recommendations based upon what are considered to be commonly-stored objects. Here’s what you should do if you need frequent access to stored items:
List the objects you wish to store
- Categorize these items into groups according to how you want to store them
- Make an “item identifying list” based on what is going to be packed in what box and then how the boxes will be stacked
- Prioritize these boxes for stacking so you will place them in such a way that you can gain access to the ones you most frequently need to visit, such as being on top of the stack and closer to the front of the unit
- Group your boxes by the level of “handle with care.” This means that boxes with heavier, less fragile items need to be stored near the bottom. The boxes with fragile objects need to be stored at the top
- Always consider items that are awkward in size or won’t stack well. Keep in mind how often you need to visit these items and just how heavy they are going to be.
- Try to employ boxing containers that are of the same size. If the boxes are uniform, it’ll make it easier to stack, keeping in mind never going more than three or four high. Consider investing in stackable plastic drawers since these provide easier access to get in and out of them.
Once you have this information in hand, you can examine the different size units to fit your specific needs.
Here is a quick reference guide that you can use when planning based on type and size:
Unit Sizes For Storing Personal Items
- 25 sq. ft. unit (5′ x 5′) – here you can store a chest of draws, a small bed with mattress, a few boxes and small items making it a useful facility for storing garden tools, off-season or seasonal decorations
- 50 sq. ft. (5′ x 10′) – this size unit will hold the contents from a midsize bedroom that would include a few storage boxes or with the television and queen-size bed
- 100 sq. ft. (10′ x 10′) – this can hold the contents of two full bedrooms or one typically sized family room
- 150 sq. ft. (15′ x 10′) – this size unit can hold the contents of three bedrooms and can be recommended for storing larger items such as large-screen TVs, tables, couches or even a piano
- 200 sq. ft. (10′ x 20′) – here you will find enough room to store the contents from a five-bedroom house. This would include many large boxes, a dining room table with chairs, a washer and dryer along with a refrigerator
- 300 sq. ft. (10′ x 25′) – this size storage unit can hold the contents of up to a seven bedroom house. This would include many large items such as an entertainment center, refrigerator, King size beds and large couches
Unit Sizes For Storing Business Items
- 25 sq. ft. unit (5′ x 5′) – this size unit can hold contents from a large office closet that would include some storage boxes along with a couple of office chairs, books, and a file cabinet complete with files
- 50 sq. ft. (5′ x 10′) – store the contents from one office room in this size storage unit that would include a few large storage boxes along with the filing cabinets, bookcases, and a desk with chair. It may also be ideal for storing tools and other small equipment
- 100 sq. ft. (10′ x 10′) – this size unit can hold the contents of an entire office including computers, storage boxes, desks and chairs
- 150 sq. ft. (15′ x 10′) – here you find enough room to store the contents from three complete offices that would include many storage boxes, computers, along with several desks and chairs
- 200 sq. ft. (10′ x 20′) – this size storage unit will hold the contents from five offices including the storage of a five-year accumulation of business and tax files along with several file cabinets, bookcases, computers, desks and chairs
- 300 sq. ft. (10′ x 25′) – you will find room to store several pallets of inventory (depending upon how high the stack will be) along with several large storage shelving units, or several large boxes and possibly many desks and chairs
Our storage facility has an on-site professional who can offer you excellent suggestions about how to maximize your storage space.