Storage unit size
8 Jun 2020

Choosing the Right Size Storage Unit for Your Needs

Living in Toronto provides access to some of the most amazing sights, entertainment, education, and careers in the country, but it sometimes comes at the price of space. For renters, students, and those looking for affordable housing here, storage space can get scarce. That’s why so many turn to self-storage to keep their belongings safe while they’re not in use.

Whether you’re storing summer gear in the winter, winter gear in the spring, gardening equipment, sporting equipment, furniture, or keepsakes, Jiffy Self-Storage can help. One of the questions we often receive regarding self-storage is how to know which unit is the right size for your needs. Here, we’re going to cover this topic in-depth and show you how to pick the perfect storage space.

Determine Your Storage Needs

One of the first things to consider when selecting a unit is what you’re planning to keep there. For example, if you’re storing an entire room full of smaller items or just a mattress and a couch, you may need different sized spaces. Why? Because all those smaller items can be stacked or boxed together to fit compactly in a unit with reduced length, whereas the couch and mattress require a long enough unit to be stored without damage.

Making a list of what you’re planning to store right away, and anything you might want to store in the future will help narrow down your selection. The list doesn’t need to be exact, but the more you include, the more accurate you will be with measurements of a unit.

Plan for Packing and Stacking

The more prepared you are for the type of organization you’ll need in your storage space, the more quickly you’ll discover a size. For example, if you plan on storing many breakable items that can’t be stacked one on top of another, then a larger space with a wider floor plan will be necessary. For those packing items into stackable containers, you can use a lot more of the vertical space allotted in your unit, allowing you to cut costs on the width and length.

Storing a 3-Bedroom House

For a large space with multiple rooms, the right unit for self-storage will be a big one. We recommend our 10 by 20-foot unit for this type of storage job. Our 9-foot ceilings make it easy to stack boxes and store furniture safely. Many who use this unit will store belongings, such as:

  • Patio furniture
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Washer
  • Dryer
  • Bed
  • Sofa
  • Loveseat
  • Bookshelves
  • Entertainment unit
  • Boxes

Are you looking for a comparison of what this unit size would equate to in terms of your home? This unit would be similar in size to a single-car garage. It provides plenty of space for your belongings while you’re away on business, between houses, or renovating.

Storing a 3-Bedroom Apartment

Need something a little less than the 10’ x 20’, but with enough space for multiple rooms full of furniture? Our 10 by 15-foot units with 9-foot ceilings are equipped to handle a slightly smaller load. Filling a smaller unit saves you money and keeps everything together in your self-storage container.

Some of the items that commonly go into our 10’ x 15’ units include:

  • Office equipment
  • Armchair
  • Sofa
  • Futon
  • Bed
  • Desk
  • Electronics
  • Boxes of clothing

This is the perfect place to store belongings before an estate sale or during a change of address.

Storing a 2-Bedroom Apartment

A 10 by 10-foot unit is a great choice for a smaller apartment with one or two bedrooms. It will keep all your things packed neatly and safely while you take a year-long sabbatical, backpack in Europe, look for a home in a new city, and more. Some of the items you’ll find in the 10’ x 10’ unit include:

  • Yard equipment
  • Patio furniture
  • Bed
  • Sofa
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Kitchen table
  • Fridge
  • Stove
  • Dishwasher
  • Boxes

Approximately the size of an average-sized bedroom, this space can fit quite a lot if you know how to stack and store. The helpful staff at Jiffy Self-Storage is always happy to offer tips.

Storing a Single Bedroom

Sometimes, storage isn’t necessary for a house full of belongings, but rather for a single bedroom or bachelor apartment. In this case, Jiffy Self-Storage recommends our 5 by 10-foot storage space with 9-foot ceilings. The unit is roughly the size of a walk-in closet, but long enough to store items, such as:

  • Boxspring
  • Mattress
  • Bed frame
  • Dresser
  • Desk
  • Chair
  • Lamps
  • Bookshelf
  • Musical instruments
  • Small appliances like a microwave, toaster, and hot plate
  • Boxes of clothes and belongings

The 5’ x 10’ unit is suited well for seasonal items, storage while a loved one is being moved into a senior’s facility, or for items that don’t fit into the dorm but may be used later.

Small and Seasonal Items

Sometimes, the only items needing storage are those that aren’t in use every day. A 5 by 5-foot storage space may only be the size of a small closet, but it can help you declutter your home with ease. For this unit, many choose to store items such as:

  • Skis
  • Sleds
  • Snow shovels
  • Holiday décor
  • Boxes of winter or summer clothing
  • Swimming pool accessories
  • Gardening equipment
  • Children’s toys

This tiny 5’ x 5’ storage rental is a nice choice for long-term storage without breaking the bank.

Contact Jiffy Self-Storage Today

Still not sure what size your self-storage unit should be? No problem. At Jiffy Self-Storage, we’re proud to be Canadian, and helping our fellow Torontonians is one of our favourite things about being part of the storage industry. Whether you’re looking for a space to pack away your entire home, or just a unit large enough to keep your winter wear, we have a wide assortment of storage spaces to offer.

For a closer look at our units, or to speak with one of our representatives today, we invite you to contact Jiffy Self-Storage at 1-416-745-4339.

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