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47 Different Self-Storage Sized Units
Do you have unique storage needs? Many do. But unfortunately all too often they find self-storage facilities that have standardized self-storage units which are either too large for their needs or too small. What we have designed into our multilevel self-storage building complex (besides ease of access to any unit in the building) are the many “in between” sizes among those standard sizes expected in any self-storage building facility like ours.
The diagram below is offered so that you can get an idea of the “needs” vs. the standard sizes in the industry. But, remember, you might find something “in between” to. Click here to view a list of all climate controlled storage units that we offer.
Choose the Right Size Self-Storage Unit
Let’s make this easy: to estimate the kind of space your storage items will need can be as simple as 1,2,3. In fact that’s exactly what we are going to do below: “one, two, three”.
So here are some pretty simple steps when you’re planning for your self-storage needs as well as the particular size of the self-storage unit(s) you will consider. Remember, as you reference the diagram to your left, ask yourself if the self-storage unit size represented in any one of the frames there are what you need or do you need something “in between”.
Planning for Storage:
Step 1: Make a list of all the belongings you plan to store. This is the step most people take to casually and often forget things they really need to put in the self-storage but didn’t add to their list at the beginning. The better you plan in this first step, the more time and aggravation (and expense!) you will save yourself.
Step 2: The next step in your planning must be some sort of categorizing or grouping them by categories. The more carefully you group items, the more exact your understanding of self-storage unit sizes and expenses will be. Put bluntly, you’ll be saving time AND money by doing the steps carefully. How much time these first two steps will take you depends entirely upon the sheer size and quantity of items you plan to store. Do you really need the refrigerator downstairs or is the space you gain by moving it to a self storage unit more valuable? Would you put all those personal records and papers in storage or do you still need to access them more readily? These are questions that handle size, bulkiness, quantity… and whether you are going to keep or discard items.
Be aware of the fact that very often people will come to the correct conclusion that they need a self-storage unit. But they discourage themselves and don’t follow through because they get in enmeshed in their own decision-making. They distract themselves and consequently discourage themselves because they can’t determine if they’re going to throw something out! Actually, there’s a better way to get through this sometimes “trying” step. Let's see for ourselves here.
Step 3: Look at your problem honestly. You don’t have to make the decision for all items all at once. Begin more simply: identify those possessions that you know you will pack in boxes and you know that they will be stacked. Within this category of “boxed items” you want to mark the boxes that you believe will be accessed most frequently. DO MARK THEM… and keep the markings simple to understand and read. In other words, you’re giving certain boxed items priority. Those that you want to access more frequently, will be so marked that they are stacked closer to the front of the self-storage unit.
Step 4: At this point you might want to be grouping items by their weight. Why? The simple reason lies in the fact that heavier items should be on the bottom of any stacks within your self-storage unit. By application this means that while you are looking for heavier items you’re going to run into more fragile items. Of course, they’ll be handled so that their boxes are marked as being placed on top.
Step 5: Awkward, odd shaped, bulky items usually don’t stack up well. So mark the boxes according to your future use or how heavy they are.
Step 6: Consider the boxes and containers that you will be using. Refer to our experts; we’re a phone call away 414-810-3101
Not All Storage Boxes are the Same: As with everything else in life there are important distinctions, even among box types. There are certain boxes – and we’re not talking about size here only – that simply collapse or crush easily. Almost everyone assumes every box is made equal. They’re not. It’s not the were trying to sell you “our” boxes as opposed to ones that would work equally well and may be less expensive.
Call us and we will recommend box types. After all we want to earn your trust; so we are here to help you. We are not going to try to sell you some boxes and then risk having you the offended with us for some reason. We only recommend based entirely upon a long history of people assuming that self-storage is best approached by simply guessing.
Step 7: Visit the self-storage building complex to get a visual as to what you might need. Whether you decide to visit Stadium Self-storage or not, DO go to the self-storage facility you’ve chosen and get a visual of the different sizes. We find that this visit is remarkably helpful as people tend to underestimate or overestimate the sizes they need. And do one more thing: talk to the self-storage expert on-site. Arrange by phone to meet with him at the self-storage building complex.
Depending upon size and the strength of the containers and boxes you use, you may stack three, four, or five boxes deep. Heavy-duty plastic stackable drawers are another way to go… but there is an expense to them.
The basic sizes of self-storage units are listed in the diagram on this page. In addition to that, as a quick reference guide to help you with your “steps”listed above:
Self-storage Quick Reference of Household and Personal Items
• Size: 5' x 5' (25 sq. ft.) – This size is good for a number of relatively small items: it can hold a desk, chest of drawers, a small mattress set, boxes and small items. Also very convenient for seasonal items, like garden tools, Christmas decorations and other holiday items.
• Size: 5' x 10' (50 sq. ft.) – This size will hold furniture and fixtures of a mid-size bedroom, including a bed (make it less than a king sized for this kind of self-storage unit, a desk or bedroom dresser, television, and, as always, several stored boxes or some heavy-duty plastic stackable drawers burns as mentioned above).
• Size: 10' x 10' (100 sq. ft.) – Here you can get two full bedrooms or a full family room’s worth of furniture and items.
• Size: 10' x 15' (150 sq. ft.) – In this particular sized self-storage unit, to be surprised to know that up to three bedrooms can be stored here. This is the place where you consider tables, couches, pianos (NOT Grand or baby grand pianos! – Talk to our Self-storage experts about this issue).
• Size: 10' x 20' (200 sq. ft.) – A five-bedroom house will store here well. That will include dining room table set, the refrigerator, freezer refrigerator, a washer and dryer set, and an impressive quantity of large boxes.
• Size: 10' x 30' (300 sq. ft.) – If you’re looking to store the contents of a 5- to 7-bedroom house, then this is the size of the self-storage unit you’re looking for. Obviously that would include many large items such as the refrigerator, freezer, washer and dryer set, desks, dressers and couches. And there will still be room for a number of boxes.
Self-storage Quick Reference of Business and Commercial Items
• Size: 5' x 5' (25 sq. ft.) – Surprisingly, this will hold the contents of an office cubicle, small storage room, or closet. The standard items including records, files, books, office chairs and, one or two heavy-duty plastic stackable drawers and maybe several storage boxes
• Size: 5' x 10' (50 sq. ft.) – This is the size of self-storage unit you would choose if you simply have one office room to store; including filing cabinets, some bookcases, a desk or two, and several large storage boxes. If you’re looking for. To store some equipment and tools, this is the self-storage unit to consider.
• Size: 10' x 10' (100 sq. ft.) – Desks and their chairs, the computers, several plastic stackable drawer sets as well as some office machines with several storage boxes, usually make up the list of business office. This would be the self-storage unit size to consider.
• Size: 10' x 15' (150 sq. ft.) – If you need to have the contents of two or three office rooms stored, then this is this the self-storage size unit to consider. Again, we’re talking desks, boxes, stackable plastic drawers, computers and other office equipment/machines.
• Size: 10' x 20' (200 sq. ft.) – Consider this self-storage size unit if you have up to four or at most five office rooms - computers, desks and chairs, bookcases, filing cabinets and a good-sized number of boxes.
• Size: 10' x 30' (300 sq. ft.) – Of course, in light of the previous sized self-storage units, this one handles up to five, six or even seven office rooms, depending upon their size. Quite a few large boxes, desk and chair sets, seasonal storage, bookcases, sizable storage shelves, even a few pallets of inventory or business materials all may be made to fit in this self-storage sized unit.
We would be happy to help you answer any questions you may have. Just give us a call at 414-810-3101.
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