What Size Storage Unit Do I Need?

Choosing the right size storage unit can be confusing. And what happens if you do the research and pick a unit, only to discover a closet full of things you forgot to account for? Find answers below to the most commonly asked questions about making sure you have the right sized storage unit for your self storage needs.


How much self storage space do I need?
The amount of storage space you need depends on what you are storing. Check out this storage sizing guide for reference, or speak to one of our storage experts. They can help you determine what size storage unit will best fit your needs.

Can I change sizes later?
Yes, you can upgrade or downsize a unit if you discover that you need more or less space. You can also switch from a standard unit to a climate controlled or heated unit, and vice versa. If you need to switch to a different storage unit, please speak to your store manager for details.

What qualifies as a small, medium, or large storage unit?
A small sized storage unit is less than 75 square feet and is the size of a locker or a walk-in closet. A medium sized unit is between 100-199 square feet and is equivalent to the size of a bedroom or a one car garage. A large sized unit is more than 200 square feet and is equivalent to the size of a two car garage or a workshop.

What fits into a unit?
To figure out many of your belongings will fit in a specific unit, check out our storage sizing guide. You can also talk to one of our storage experts. They will help you determine the best size unit for your needs.

What if I need a smaller or bigger size when I move in?
That's okay! You can change sizes if you need to upgrade or downgrade your unit. Speak to your store manager about switching to a different size unit.

How should I pack my storage unit?

Start by packing the outer edges of your storage unit first, putting the most frequently used items near the front. This will help you create walkways and keep your most-used belongings close for easy access.

Use your vertical space, placing larger items at the bottom and backing the unit upward to make the most of the height. Large items like couches and mattresses can even be turned on end to use that vertical space. Just be sure to properly protect your furniture so it doesn't get damaged.

For more handy tips, check out our video on How to Pack a Storage Unit.
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Not sure what size you need?

Try our storage sizing guide.