Depending on what your needs are and what you plan to keep in storage, choosing the right storage unit size can be tricky. It’s very important that you make proper measurements and pick the right unit so that you won’t have to pay any additional fees or for extra space you don’t need.
If you’re a pro when it comes to storage units and sizing, you may not need any help deciding on a storage unit at all. However, if this is your first time renting a unit, you may have some questions about sizing. Luckily for you, we’ve compiled some tips below so that you can make the wisest choice for your storage needs.
General Size Guidelines
When looking for the perfect storage unit, keep in mind that there are usually many different sizes available. Typical units have a ceiling height of 8 feet, and popular sizes are 5×5, 5×10, and 10×10. Unit sizes can go even bigger to accommodate the contents of a 5-bedroom house and sometimes more.
Remember that while you can assess a storage unit size by the number of rooms and their contents, you can often squeeze more usage out of a storage unit than a typical room since you can stack, turn, and move furniture and boxes to fit more strategically.
If you are looking for the universally most convenient size that can fit about 2 bedrooms’ worth of contents, then you can usually go for the 10×10 option. If you are hoping to store a car during the winter, then you might opt for the 10×20 unit instead.
Consider What You Are Storing
You always want to consider what you are storing before you think about the size of the storage unit. If all of what you are storing can fit neatly into boxes, then perhaps you may not need as much space as you think. Boxes can be stacked and piled in most cases, so a smaller storage unit would definitely go a long way.
If you are storing vehicles, boats, dining sets, and big furniture, then you would definitely need a larger unit. You also want to consider what is being stored so that you can choose not only the right size of unit, but additional amenities and features. For example, if you are storing electronics, documents and archives, or jewellery that can tarnish over time, you should opt for climate-controlled storage.
In any case, it is a good idea to make sure that your storage unit facility has certain features such as cameras, surveillance, damage control, and other advantages that may be of importance to you.
Use a Size Guide
Size guides are often available online to make it more convenient for you to judge the size of the unit you’ll need. Take a look at our size guide here for reference.
Take a Tour
If you are still unsure about what size of storage unit would work best, it’s completely appropriate to ask for a tour of your intended storage facility, and to be shown the various sizes in person. This should definitely help you get a real feel for sizing.
Go Larger for Growth
If in doubt about what size storage unit you should rent, it’s best to go a bit bigger than what you know for sure you’ll need. In this case, at least you’ll leave some extra room for growth. This is especially true if you are using the unit for business storage, as the needs of the company (and paperwork) often grow over time, demanding increasing space.
A larger unit than what you need also ensures that boxes will not be piled too high or crammed into tight spaces, thus potentially causing damage to your belongings.
Painter’s Tape Trick
If you are considering renting a smaller unit, then try mapping the unit size out on your garage floor or driveway using painter’s tape. Move your empty boxes inside to gauge just how much can really fit inside, and use this as a guideline when choosing your unit size.
Last but not least, never be afraid to ask questions when in doubt. The professionals are there to help and ensure economical use of the storage units. Here at Jiffy Self-Storage, we make it easy to consult with our team of dedicated representatives who are ready to answer any questions you may have.
While it may be a little difficult at first to tell how much space you actually need, taking proper precautions will help you choose in the long run. Even if you have to go a little bigger, at least you’ll be able to leave room should you need to store other things in the future.
For more information on choosing a storage unit and storage units in Toronto and the GTA, please call Jiffy Self-Storage at 416-74-JIFFY (54339) or contact us here. We can help you find the perfect and best fitting solutions for even the most unconventional storage needs.