How Do I Know What Size Storage Unit I Need When Moving?

  • A young couple sets up a chair in their new house.
Moving into your first real home is a joyful experience, but it can also be stressful if you have to be out of your apartment before your new home is ready to move into.

You’ve got an apartment full of furniture, dishes, clothing, and more—but nowhere to put it all.

That’s exactly what happened to Megan and her fiancé Zach, a couple of soon-to-be homeowners left—temporarily—without a home.

Mom and Dad (and Self Storage) Saves the Day

Finding a place to sleep was easy; Zach’s parents lived nearby and were happy to have them as houseguests for a couple of weeks.

Their stuff, however, was a different story. Zach’s parents had no room for all that they accumulated in their apartment, but they did have a suggestion—rent a storage unit just down the street. It’s quick, easy, and affordable. Plus, it’s a great short-term or long-term option depending on how their needs may change. Because everyone knows how unpredictable buying a home can be.

Storage Unit Size for Renters

Megan and Zach weren’t sure what size storage unit they’d need, so they checked out this storage unit size guide.

Next, they took quick photos with their phones of everything they’d be moving, then sat down and looked at the size guide. They’d be moving the following items:

• 5 boxes of household good
• 8 boxes of clothing and shoes
• A couch, chair and ottoman
• A TV and bookshelf
• A microwave
• A bed, dresser, and nightstand

The couple decided that a medium-sized storage unit of about 150 square feet would adequately meet their needs.

With that decision made and a huge weight off their shoulders, Megan and Zach got back to their wedding planning—and looking forward to their life together in their new home.

About StorageMart

At StorageMart, all of our units can be rented on a month-to-month basis—and they’re always clean, well-lit, and easy to use. Need more info? Learn how easy it is to rent a unit online today.

About Sarah Little

Sarah Little, Marketing Director at StorageMart, holds a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. She serves as Vice President on the Board of Directors for the Central Missouri Foster Care & Adoption Association, a non-profit group dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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