Choose the right size self storage unit
Estimating how much space you’ll need for your storage items can be simple if you understand what you would like to keep. Here are some easy steps to help you plan, and size recommendations based on commonly-stored items.
Step 1: Begin by making a list of the things you intend to keep.
Step 2: Group the things according to how you are going to arrange them.
Start by identifying things which will be packed in boxes and piled. Then prioritize boxed items you will want to access most frequently (they’ll go closer to the front of the unit). Afterward group by weight or fragility – heavier, more sturdy things should be stored on the bottom of stacked things, delicate things on top. Then consider awkwardly-sized things that won’t stack well, including how often you will need to use them, and how heavy they are.
Boxes and containers should be of uniform size, and need to be stacked no more than three- or four-high, based on the size and strength of the containers you use. There are many basic sizes of storage units. Below is a quick-reference guide to help you plan what size unit you may need for your private or business storage:
Storage Unit Sizes
Approx. Sq. Ft.
|5 x 5||25 sq. ft.||Furniture, boxes and miscellaneous items or about 50 file boxes.|
|10 x 10||100 sq. ft.||The furnishings of a one bedroom apartment with refrigerator, washer & dryer and patio furniture or about 200 file boxes.|
|10 x 15||150 sq. ft.||The furnishings of a two bedroom apartment or small house with refrigerator, washer & dryer, yard furniture, boxes and miscellaneous items or about 300 file boxes.|
|10 x 20||200 sq. ft.||The furnishings of a three bedroom house with major appliances, garage extras, boxes and miscellaneous items or business files and inventory.|
|10 x 25||250 sq. ft.||The furnishings of a three to four bedroom house, mattresses, boxes, appliances, tables, chairs, couches, entertainment center, work-out equipment, patio furniture or car, boat or truck.|
It is always a good idea to visit potential storage units to get a visual sense of the space you will be working with. Your storage representative can answer any questions you may have, and give you suggestions on how to store your items to maximize space. If you’re looking for a storage unit in Brandon FL call Self Storage Center Of America, to find out about available units!