When using self-storage it is often difficult to decide what size storage room you will need for your things. It’s an important decision to get right, as the more space you take the more it’s going to cost you.
There is no ‘hard and fast’ rule to follow – it depends on how much stuff you want to put into storage which will determine what size storage room you end up using.
We do have some tools on our website which we hope will help you make the right choice for you and your things.
Top tips to help you choose the right storage room size
Frequency of access – When choosing what size storage room to use, the first thing to consider is how often are you going to need to access your things. If you are disappearing off to the other side of the world and won’t be needing to get to your things you could stack your things right up to the door. If, however, you are going to need to access your things from time to time, we strongly recommend you leave a small ‘corridor’ down the middle of the storage room so you can access your things in all parts of the room – both front and back and side to side.
Shelving – If you are going to need regular access to your things and want to be efficient it is a really good idea to fit racking/shelving inside your storage room. These are free-standing units which mean you can easily place your regularly needed or important things in clear view so you can get to them quickly and easily. So make sure you choose a storage room that will allow you to put some racking in a good spot near to the door.
Room location – If you are storing a lot of things or some large bulky items, it is a good idea to ask for a storage room near to the entrance of the storage facility so you don’t have far to take your items when putting them into or taking them out of the storage room.
Doors – If you have bulky items be sure to ask for a storage room that has double doors into it to make it as easy as possible to get your things in and out.
We know it can be difficult to visualise your things in a storage room. Our team are on hand to talk you through what you have to store and can help suggest potential storage room sizes to you. However, you are the only one that truly knows your things and that you have an emperor size bed instead of a queen size bed so it is going to need more room!
The best advice we can give is to go for the largest storage room size you are comfortable paying for that is in the right ball-park for the things you want to store. By having a bit more room to move about in you will find it a much more efficient process of using the storage room and being able to access ALL your things when you want to and without the need to empty the whole storage room to get to the box right at the back that has the things you suddenly need right now!
Storage room size guide tools
We have put together an online storage room size guide which we hope will help you to decide what the right size storage room for you is going to be. It contains pictures/measurements/descriptions of virtually all our storage room sizes.
There are some basic rules that can also help as guidance only, and these are:
What size storage do I need for a 1 bedroom apartment?
35 or 50sq ft of storage room are often the sizes of choice for those with a one-bedroom apartment. If your belongings fit in a transit van then this should be the right space for you.
What size storage do I need for a 2 bedroom house?
75 or 100sq ft of storage are usually recommended for a two-bedroom house, depending on the number of your belongings. This is slightly bigger than the size of a Luton van.
What size storage do I need for a 3 bedroom house?
100 or 150sq ft of storage space tend to be big enough to store the contents of a three-bedroom house, depending on the size of your furniture. This is roughly the size of a 7.5-tonne truck.
What size storage do I need for a 4 bedroom house?
150 or 200sq ft of storage room are recommended to store the contents of a four-bedroom house, depending on the size of the beds and furniture you want to store. This is slightly bigger than the size of an HGV truck.
What if I get the wrong storage room size?
Even after all the above, if you turn up on the day and the storage room you thought was going to be just right is either too small or too bi,g if we have availability, we can change the storage room.
Or if after using the store for a while you want to put some more stuff in or take some stuff out, you can upgrade or downsize very easily, subject to us having the storage room size you want available! Don’t worry, we will try to help where we can, as happy customers are very important to us!
Hopefully, this post has helped you think about and decide what size storage room you need. If you do have any questions, our experienced team are at the end of the phone and can talk you through it and if you want to come down and take a look for yourself then we can arrange to meet you on-site at a time to suit you to show you what we have available.
We can be contacted on 0800 999 3342