So, you’ve reached that point in life where you’re drowning in belongings and your house looks like it’s closing in on you.. Maybe it’s time to get a storage unit. Whether you’re moving, decluttering, downsizing, or just in desperate need of some extra space, having to figure out what size storage unit you need can be a bit deterring. However, it is easy to select a unit size, and with a little effort, you can have a storage unit and be on your way to an organized and serene home.
Variety of Sizes
First things first, let’s talk about typical storage unit sizes. Storage units come in a variety of sizes, ranging from the size of a small closet to that of a two-car garage. The most common sizes are 5′ x 5′, 5′ x 10′, 10′ x 10′, and 10′ x 20′. A 5′ x 5′ unit is equivalent to a small walk-in closet and can hold boxes or small furniture pieces. A 5′ x 10′ unit can hold the contents of a small studio apartment, while a 10′ x 10′ unit is similar in size to a one-car garage and can hold the contents of a two-bedroom apartment. Lastly, a 10′ x 20′ unit can hold the contents of a large home or a four-bedroom apartment.
But what if you only have a few boxes, or just a sofa and a few pieces of furniture to store? As a rule of thumb, a 5′ x 5′ unit can store 20-25 boxes, while a 5′ x 10′ unit can store up to 50 boxes. If you have larger items like a couch or a bed, these will take up more space, and you may need to opt for a bigger unit.
Now, let’s talk about the security and accessibility of storage units. Most storage facilities have security measures like CCTV cameras, on-site staff, and gated access to ensure that your belongings are safe. Additionally, storage units are typically accessible 24/7, so you can access your things whenever you need to. And if you’re worried about hauling heavy items in and out of your storage unit, don’t be – you can drive up your U-Haul or trailer right to the front of your unit, making unloading and loading a breeze.
Climate Controlled Unit
Another thing to consider is climate-controlled units. These units are insulated and kept at temperatures and humidity levels that will protect your belongings from extreme fluctuations from the outside, as well as moisture damage. Climate-controlled units are especially useful if you’re storing delicate items like artwork, electronics, or antiques, or if you live in an area with extreme weather conditions. While they may be more expensive than non-climate-controlled units, the peace of mind that comes with knowing your possessions are safe and sound is worth it.
In short, deciding what size storage unit you need can be challenging, but with these simple tips, you’ll be able to choose the right one for you. And if you’re still unsure, don’t hesitate to ask for advice from the storage facility staff – they’re always happy to help.
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