How to Choose the Right Sized Storage Unit For You

Self Storage Tips


Ryan Moore
May 20th, 2022


Having self-storage when you move or need extra space is great for clearing up room in your current home or business. It gets tricky though when figuring out how much extra storage space you’ll need. You don’t want to waste any space nor do you want to come away with less than you hoped. Here’s a guide to help you configure how much or how little space you’ll need when buying storage.

1. Take Stock Of What You Have


When deciding how much space you’ll need in storage first make an account of how much you have. A great way to do this is to examine and count the number of boxes and items you have like couches, chairs, and tables. Write and record everything so you can refer back to it later. This list will help you determine how much size you’ll need.

2. Examine Your Storage Choices


After making a list, check to see if you’ve utilized all the space in your home already. Maybe you can fit some items under a desk or between shelves. Maybe you can reorganize a closet or garage to make some extra room. You want to avoid buying storage that’s pricier than what you could have gotten had you reorganized and reshelved what you currently have. While this seems like a lot, it might only take you a couple of hours to reorganize and downgrade what you have already.

The difference between a small and medium-size storage unit is about $900 yearly, so take the extra hour to make sure you’re utilizing the space you have. Small storage units can fit no more than 50 square feet of belongings. Items that typically go here include outdoor gear, patio furniture, small furniture, and seasonal items.

3. Measure your Space


Take a yardstick, tape measure, or even a ruler and get to getting. Start measuring your stuff and jot down the measurements on your phone or computer. Add up the sizes and compare them to available storage unit sizes.

You’ll want to measure in square feet or cubic feet involving the length, width, and height of your belongings. You can either pile everything together and measure the pile or individually add up each item’s measurement. So long as you have an estimate, you’re good to go.

4. Pick a small, medium, or large storage unit size

This is the fun part. Pick a small, medium, or large unit based on the measurements you’ve taken. Small units take up to 50 square feet, medium caps out at 150, and large units can hold up to 300 square feet.

5. Research specific measurements

Once you’ve decided which size unit you need and narrow your options, you’ll want to find which storage unit business is best for you. Each business has different recommendations. At M.I. Mini Storage, we’re the best storage unit business in Newton, North Carolina. Don’t ask us, ask our customers. They’ll tell you that for years, we’ve been there, storing their items and giving them a fair price for their belongings. We’ll help you gauge what’s best for you. Call us today to get some more peace of mind, and save money on the perfect size unit for your needs.



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