Choosing The Right Storage Unit For Your Needs

One of the most important factors in choosing a self-storage facility is deciding what size storage unit you will need to store your belongings. But how do you determine what size to rent? At Lockaway Storage, our on-site managers are self-storage experts and are happy to provide you with advice without trying to sell you more than you need. If you’re more of a “do-it-yourself” type, we’d like to provide you with the following information to help you choose the right size depending on your personal or business storage requirements.

Take Stock

One of the first questions you should ask yourself is “what are you storing?” Answering this question will help you pick the right storage size for your needs. Take a quick inventory of all the items you plan to store, including furniture, appliances and an estimated number of boxes. For larger items, you can quickly measure how big they are using a tape measurer. Also, take the time to consider how many irregular-shaped items you have that can’t be boxed or stacked.

To Stuff or Not to Stuff?

When it comes to accessing your storage unit, you’ll need to figure out if you’re planning on storing it for the long run or if you will need a slightly larger unit to walk around and find items. For those who plan on storing everything until they come back for it, you probably won’t need as big of a space. However, if you will need to access certain items at different times, you may need a larger unit to create an aisle instead of taking everything out in order to find what you’re looking for.

When in Doubt, Go Big

At Lockaway Storage, we’ve seen plenty of clients who’ve underestimated their needs by choosing a storage unit that’s too small. Instead, our on-site manager recommends inquiring about the rates of the next size up to ensure you’ll have the space you need. That way you can assess your stuff much more easily. This will also prevent the hassle of having to dig out your belongings to find what you need before repacking your storage which can take hours.

Unit Size Breakdown

5′ x 5′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Small walk-in closet
What Fits: Smaller furniture, a few small boxes,  miscellaneous items

5′ x 10′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Large walk-in closet
What Fits: Sofa, chairs, bedroom furniture and smaller boxes

9 x 10′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Small bedroom/office
What Fits: Stuff from a 1 bedroom house

11′ x 16′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Large bedroom
What Fits: Stuff from a 2 bedroom home

13′ x 16′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Bonus room
What Fits: Stuff from a 2-3 bedroom home – including several boxes

10′ x 30′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Oversized 1 car garage or bonus room
What Fits: Stuff from a 2-3 bedroom home – including several boxes

16′ x 32′ Storage Unit

Comparison: Detached workshop
What Fits: Car; contents from a 4 bedroom home – including several boxes; business inventory

Lockaway Storage

It’s important to take inventory of all of the items that you plan to store. This will help you determine what size of storage unit will fit your needs depending on the unit size breakdown listed above. If you have additional questions or would like to visit our facility, our on-site managers at Lockaway Storage would be more than happy to answer any questions you may and find a unit size that’s right for you. Contact us at (208) 322-4487 or visit us at 5246 W Chinden Boulevard in Garden City.

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