Storage Unit Size Guide: Which One Is Right for You?

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Determining how much storage space you need can be a challenging undertaking. Too often, renters sign contracts for storage units, only to find they need either more or less space than they thought.

It’s no surprise there’s so much confusion when many storage unit size charts only provide raw numbers to explain different options. Numbers aren’t always helpful! Do you need 100 square feet worth of storage, or 200 square feet? How much is 200 square feet anyway? 

In fact, renting by unit size is often more complicated than many think, since renters need to account for the pathways they’ll make to access their belongings. And since units rarely can be stacked floor to ceiling, there’s additional unusable space renters have to account (and pay) for. It’s why many have decided to opt for full service storage, where renters skip complicated storage unit size charts and pay only for the space they use!

But to help with confusion that many people have when renting traditional storage unit space, we put together this straightforward guide. Use this guide to understand how much space you need before arriving at a storage facility and save yourself some confusion and hassle!

The Standard Four Sizes of Storage Units

Regardless of any individual facility’s terminology, most standard storage facilities offer four standard sizes of storage units. While new, full service storage options offer customers flexibility to skip the hassle and pay for the exact amount of storage space they actually use, most bulk storage options come in these four standard categories.

The Closet: 5×5 (25ft2)

The closet-sized storage unit is the traditional storage facility’s smallest bulk option. It’s best for a few stackable boxes, winter clothes, smaller artwork, or any reasonably-sized equipment. 

The closet-sized option is a solid choice for those living or working in areas where space comes at a premium. Though, you’ll find it’s fairly limited if you ever need to store larger items, like exercise equipment or bulkier boxes.

The Garage: 10×10 (100ft2

One of the most commonly-rented storage options, the 100ft2 model is about the size of a one-car garage. Many families use the garage-sized option for seasonal clothes, sporting equipment, and other items they need to store throughout the year. 

Capable of fitting a couple of small pieces of furniture alongside other items, the garage model is a typical middle option offered to renters.

However, with a unit this size, it’s important to remember much of your space will be devoted to pathways so you can access your items. If you don’t want to pay for empty pathways, note that full service storage doesn’t charge you for the space required to access your items.

The Studio 15×10 (150ft2)

The studio-sized unit is a frequent choice for people between moves. You can fit several pieces of furniture or appliances alongside other belongings. The unit’s larger size means it can flexibly play multiple roles throughout the year.

At this size, however, it’s essential to evaluate whether you’ll use most of your storage space. Costs can quickly add up, especially considering that, with traditional bulk storage options, you’re paying for every inch of your unit–from floor to ceiling. If you aren’t using it all effectively, you’ll be paying for more storage space than you need. 

The Apartment 20 x 10 (200ft2) . . . or Larger

The apartment-sized storage unit is for those who have substantial storage needs. These are common choices for businesses’ inventory needs, building contractors, professional couch or appliance flippers, or families with a good deal of furniture in between moves.

But remember, when selecting a unit, evaluate whether you will effectively use the space you’re renting. Monitor every cubic inch of your storage unit that remains unused. Even a few months of your storage unit sitting partially empty means money spent on services you aren’t using.

Or: Ditch Storage Unit Size Charts and Pay Only for What You Use!

Some full service storage facilities offer a great additional option that can save you money. Instead of renting an entire storage unit, simply pay for the amount of space you’re actually using.

Do you only plan to use your storage unit space for part of the month? What if your needs change? Forget using a storage unit size chart altogether! By paying only for storage space you use, you ensure you aren’t charged for pathways or for all that extra cubic space at the top of your unit.

At STASH, we measure the amount of storage space you’re actually using, so you’re never charged for unused storage space. We ensure you get the most out of your storage space for the most reasonable price.

STASH Storage: Your Affordable, Full Service Storage Option

Are you looking to save time, money, and hassle with the best full service option on the market? STASH is your storage solution! Our full service storage solution packages pickup, storage, and delivery services at rates that save you money. Reach out to us and get a free quote today!

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