How Much Is Too Much Self Storage?

Investing in a storage unit is a great idea, but it can be a tad stressful if you are unsure of how much space you need. Getting a unit that is the appropriate size for your items means that everything needed can be stored and you still have a little room to easily access the items in your unit. Avoiding a unit that is too large means that you won’t be paying for storage space you aren’t using. Investing in a unit that's too small, it's pretty obvious what the downside would be there. With that in mind, you really need to figure out how much space you need before looking to invest in a storage unit.

How Much Space Do You Need?

You can figure out how much storage space you need by thinking about the items that will be stored and the space that these items will take up within the unit. Some items are more awkwardly shaped, be sure to keep this in mind when thinking about the items that you need to have stored. A mini self storage unit is likely in the size range of 5x5 to 10x10. You should be able to store 30 to 36 file boxes in the smallest unit, and 108 to 168 file boxes in the larger mini unit. Larger units than this usually run upwards of 15x15 and 10x30 in size with storage ability of up to 588 file boxes.

A file box in standard size is 15 inches long, 12 inches wide, and 10 inches high. The numbers provided in the previous paragraph factor in whether you are storing all the boxes with or without any access room. Small aisles can be implemented to allow for easier access of your storage unit, but this will obviously affect the amount of stuff that can be stored in it.

What Items Are You Storing?

It is more important to ask yourself about the items that are being stored as they cannot easily be compared to file boxes if they take on different shapes. There are many different items, such as furniture, which takes on specific shapes that make it difficult to fit into a unit with a bunch of other items. You will have to take this into consideration, especially when dealing with a mini self storage unit as you do not want to be stuck in a situation where you do not have enough room to store the rest of your items.

A good idea would be to explain with the storage company what you need to have stored in the unit. They will be able to determine what unit size you would need in order to store all of those items. Of course, this is still not the most accurate option but they will have a much better idea on how well it will all fit. If anything, you can always order a unit that is a size larger than you expect to need as you may even need to add more items in at a later date. Regardless, if you believe that your items may be too much to store in a mini self storage unit then make sure to choose a larger unit that will be sure to accommodate your needs.

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