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How To Choose The Perfect Size Storage Unit

2021 January 13
Written by Make Space Storage

Moving, downsizing, remodelling or decluttering, people use storage lockers for so many different reasons. The number one question we get asked when people are looking to rent a storage locker is, how do I pick the right size of self storage unit? Obviously, this varies depending on what kind of items you want to store but it can be difficult to visualize your belongings and the size of the storage locker.  Below are a few helpful hints and tools you can use to choose the right size storage locker and which are our most popular. 

Pick the right size storage unit

What is the primary function of your storage unit?

When picking the right size storage unit it is important to consider what the primary function of the storage unit will be. Are you looking to hold household items, seasonal items, tools, or all of them? Do you need your items to be climate controlled or are you storing items such as tools and snowboards? This will help you decide what size storage locker you need and also if you need to wrap items so that they don’t get dirty and broken. 

Take Inventory

The size of the storage unit that you need will vary based on the size of items you need to store. Are you only storing stackable boxes? Then you will be able to fit a lot more then if you are storing awkwardly shaped items like a lawnmower, antique lamp and a couch. 

Your larger items should be measured to make sure they fit into the storage locker. You should also measure the size of the bins and how many you can get the most accurate estimate of the size of the storage locker you will need. 

Need more ideas on how to fit all of your belongings into the perfect size storage locker? Here are a few things you can do to help organize your storage locker.

  • Choose your storage containers wisely
  • Label your boxes
  • Create an inventory map of your belongings
  • Put your frequently used items at the front
  • Go vertical

Want more ideas? Check out our blog on 5 Storage Organization Tips to Make Life Easier.

Use painters tape to measure storage unit sizes

A great trick you can use to pick your storage unit size is to use painters tape in your house to outline the size of storage unit you want. If you already have some of your items in boxes you can put them into the tapes area and get a visualization on how much room your items will take up. If you are going to be storing a couch you can even lay the tape down around the couch to get a better idea of the size of storage unit you will need to pick. 

Consider the type of items 

You also need to consider the types of items you are going to be putting into your storage locker. You probably don’t want your brand new living room sofa set to be right beside your dirty lawn mower and equipment. Be sure to either wrap those couches to protect them or possibly get a second unit, to keep your items clean and in the best condition possible.

Depending on the types of items in your storage locker you will also want to choose whether you need a climate controlled unit or not.

If you’re in doubt, go one size bigger or get two storage lockers

If you are still unsure about the size of storage locker you will need it is always better to have too much room then not enough room. Pick a storage locker that is bigger rather than smaller so you know you can fit all of your items into it. You can also get two separate storage lockers depending on what you are storing to keep breakables and household items clean. Use your second storage locker for tools and seasonal equipment.

Small Storage Units

Our small storage units can be used to store seasonal items as well as a small one-bedroom apartment or studio. They come in 5x5 and 5x10 sizes and are popular for people who want to declutter their homes and make extra space for everyday items that they use.

5’x5’ - Size of a walk-in closet - garden tools, seasonal items, office supplies, or your miscellaneous boxes

5’x10’ - Size of a Mid-Size Bedroom - entire bedroom or office

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Medium Storage Units

Our medium size storage units are popular for people who are moving, long-term traveling or doing a renovation and need space to hold all of their belongings during this time. They have enough room to store the typical items in a two or three bedroom house.

10’x10’ - Family Room - entire living room and two full bedrooms

10’x15’ - 3 Bedrooms - 3 bedrooms, larger items like televisions, pianos, couches, or tables

Large Storage Units

Our large storage units can hold up to a 5 - 7 bedroom house including appliances, and everything inside the house. These units are best for people who will need a lot of space and need all of their belongings in their storage unit.

10’x20’ - Full House - 5 bedrooms, and larger items like washers, dryers and refrigerators

10’x30’ - Large House - 5 to 7 bedroom house, easily storing entertainment centers, refrigerators, beds, couches, and more!


We hope that you have found our information and tools helpful in picking the right size storage unit for you. If you still have any questions please contact our sales team and they will be happy to give any advice in picking the right size storage unit. 

Ready to rent a storage unit today? You can fill our contact form here or give us a call at the location nearest to you.

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