Need help understanding which size storage unit to get? The best rule of thumb is to get a “little bigger” than you think you’ll need. It’s no fun moving things twice if the unit you’re using is too small, so it is usually best to have enough extra space for a pathway to access items at the back of the unit.
With that said, here are a couple strategies for picking the right size unit.
Option A – Measure It
You have a couple options here. If you have a big open space in your living room or a garage, you can collect all your furniture and boxes in one spot and measure out the size of the floor space and compare that to our storage unit size options. If you’re renting a moving truck, the truck’s dimensions will help you figure the amount of space you’ll need.
Option B – Estimate It
Estimate how much space you’ll need based on the size of your house. Here’s a general guide.
8′ x 10′ – 80 square feet:
This unit is about the size of a large closet and will hold small amounts of furniture, sofas, chairs, chest of drawers, boxspring and mattress, business supplies and records. Plus other small items and boxes.
8′ x 14′ – 112 square feet:
About the size of half of a one-car garage, this unit will fit a big one-bedroom apartment (or small two bedroom home) with major appliances, other furniture and supplies.
8′ x 18′ – 144 square feet:
About two-thirds of a one-car garage, this unit will fit a two/three bedroom apartment or house, including appliances, boxes and miscellaneous items and commercial storage inventory.
10′ x 20′ – 200 square feet:
Approximately the size of a standard one-car garage, this unit will hold a three or four bedroom house with major appliances, plus lots of boxes.
11′ x 24′ – 264 square feet:
About the size of a garage and a half, this unit fits the contents of a fully furnished four bedroom house (or a smaller 5 bedroom house), including oversized items such as a couch, mattress sets, a dresser, a refrigerator, a washer/dryer, a dining room set, an entertainment center and several large boxes
12′ x 24 – 288 square feet:
Slights smaller than a standard two-car garage, this unit will fit a four-to six-bedroom house with major appliances and room for boxes. Excellent for business storage of files, equipment and permanent records.