Which Size Self Storage Unit Is Right For Me
Storage units are safe, secure places to keep anything you want. They can be ideal when you’re moving house, relocating a business, or simply seeking to get rid of some clutter. This being said, it can be tricky to know what size storage unit is right for you. It can be tough to visualize how much space you need, for example, before your belongings are packed up for storage.
If you pick a storage unit that’s too big, your belongings will be adrift in excess space; pick one that’s too small and you may not have enough space to organise everything properly — or even fit everything in. Visualizing the way items fill a storage unit is tricky, particularly in the case of larger items like furniture. We’ve designed this guide to give you the assistance you need when picking out a storage unit. It will also explain exactly how much fits inside a given storage unit.
What Unit Really Fits My Needs?
For a start, bear in mind that any given storage unit can fit a surprising amount of material when your items are packed and arranged correctly. Here are some helpful questions that can make it easier to identify the right storage unit for you:
How Long Do I Need A Unit?
Is this for short or long-term storage? Are you going on vacation or moving house (or relocating offices)? Or do you need permanent storage for clutter or seasonal items? Understanding the length of time for which you need a unit is the first step to mastering your storage needs.
What Will I Be Storing?
The size, shape, and relative fragility of the items you’re going to store dictate the size of the space you need. How your belongings need to be packed affects how much space they require. Your measurements need to account for appropriate packing materials. Do you have items that can’t be stacked? What about items that need additional clear space around them — like drawers or filing cabinets you need to access within the storage unit?
How Often Will I Access My Storage Unit?
The frequency with which you visit your unit also affects its ideal size. For items going into seasonal or long-term storage, you can pack things together much more tightly. If you’re going to be regularly accessing your storage unit to remove or add items, though, additional space to manoeuvre and manipulate the contents will be highly useful if not downright necessary.
What If I Just Don’t Know How Much Space I Need?
The good news is, storage unit costs go down the longer you stay and the larger your unit (in terms of pounds per square foot). In any case, rates do not vary too much, and investing in a larger unit might well pay off thanks to its added flexibility. Finally, bear in mind that most self-storage providers make it as easy as possible to move to a larger or smaller unit if your storage needs change over time.
What Sizes Do Storage Units Come In?
M4 Self Store has a range of different self-storage units available to suit virtually any need:
25 Sq Ft
The 25 sq ft storage unit is about the same size as a hallway closet or a small garden shed. This size is ideal for customers who want to store miscellaneous household items — holiday decorations, gardening tools, or seasonal clothes. This unit is also ideal for those who want to create more space and declutter their homes. The 25 sq ft unit is also perfect for students looking to store the contents of a halls of residence room for short or long breaks. By packing appropriately and making full use of the vertical space, you can fit up to 60 medium boxes in a 25 sq ft storage unit.
What Items Fit In A 25 Sq Ft Unit?
- Holiday decorations
- Clothes, books, or home accessories in boxes
- A single mattress
What Vehicle Is Suitable For Moving Into A 25 Sq Ft Unit?
Although ordinary cars are sometimes sufficient for moving into a 25 sq ft unit, many customers will want to store bulkier items that don’t quite fit. A small van, which can easily be hired, is perfect for the job.
75 Sq Ft
The 75 sq ft unit offers enough space to fully empty a 1-bedroom flat as well as some smaller 2-bedrooms. This unit is suitable for storing multiple furniture items as well as many general belongings.
What Items Fit In A 75 Sq Ft Unit?
- Large bookcases
- Large appliances
- Large sofas
- 2 Double beds with mattresses
What Vehicle Is Suitable For Moving Into A 75 Sq Ft Unit?
Moving into a 75 sq ft unit will require a transit van. Be aware that multiple trips may be required if you intend to fill the storage unit entirely.
50 Sq Ft
A 50 sq ft storage unit is roughly the same size as half of a single-car garage or one large walk-in closet. This size of storage unit is the absolute minimum for storing furniture. Generally speaking, all the contents of a small 1-bedroom or studio flat can be fit into a 50 sq ft unit. This storage unit is excellent for long-term decluttering or short-term storage while moving house. Business owners may also find a 50 sq ft unit very useful for storing surplus stock.
What Items Fit In A 50 Sq Ft Unit?
- Small sofas
- Small chests of drawers
- Double beds with mattresses
- Dining tables with chairs
- Large TVs
What Vehicle Is Suitable For Moving Into A 50 Sq Ft Unit?
A transit van will be necessary to load a 50 sq ft storage unit, particularly if you intend to store larger pieces of furniture such as beds and chests of drawers.
100 Sq Ft
A 100 sq foot unit is roughly the same size as a single-car garage. This makes it perfect for garage renovations, but a properly-packed 100 sq ft unit can also usually hold the contents of a 2-bedroom house. This unit is also useful for relocating a small office, offering plenty of space for desks and computers. For long-term commercial use, business owners should keep in mind that a 100 sq foot unit (or any self-storage unit) can provide safe, secure storage for sensitive documents.
What Items Fit In A 100 Sq Ft Unit?
- Large dining tables with chairs
- Large sofas
- Dressing tables
- 2 Large beds with mattresses
What Vehicle Is Suitable For Moving Into A 100 Sq Ft Unit?
Moving into a 100 sq ft unit calls for a larger van with plenty of storage space. A Luton van or a box truck would be appropriate.
125 Sq Ft
A 125 sq ft storage unit is suitable for storing all the belongings and items of furniture from a 2-3 bedroom flat. For business owners, a unit of this size will fit all the furnishings of a medium-sized office, including desks, tables, computers, and other equipment.
What Items Fit In A 125 Sq Ft Unit?
- 2 Double beds with mattress + 1 single bed with mattress
- Dining tables with chairs
- Office furniture, accessories, and equipment
- Bulky items of furniture (e.g. wardrobes, large chests of drawers)
What Vehicle Is Suitable For Moving Into A 125 Sq Ft Unit?
As these storage units are suited to absorbing the contents of larger homes and offices, a major vehicle is required for an efficient single-trip move-in. A rented 7.5-tonne lorry is ideal for moving into a 125 sq ft storage unit.
* Minimum of £3,000 worth of insurance cover
**units are at ground floor level when being accessed