If you’ve never rented a storage unit, it can be tricky to decide what size you need. You don’t want to be left with too little or too much space. Here are some tips to help you choose the perfect storage unit size!
Determine What You’ll Use Your Storage Unit for
You can rent a storage unit for a bunch of reasons, but knowing your specific reason for renting one will help you decide how big it needs to be. Ask yourself:
- Am I storing for a temporary move?
- Will some of the stuff stay in there indefinitely?
- Will I be storing inventory for my expanding business?
- How often will I access the items in my unit?
- Will I be storing fragile or oddly shaped items?
The function of your unit will have an impact on the storage unit size that makes the most sense. If you know you’re only storing items for a temporary move, you might not need a lot of space. But if you’re storing inventory for your expanding business, a larger unit will help you accommodate your growth now and down the line.
Pack it Up
After you decide the purpose of your storage unit, walk through your house and pack the things you’re going to put in it. Not just make piles of what you’ll bring, but actually box stuff up or put it in plastic bins. If you box your things up, you can see just how much stuff you’ll be putting in your storage unit. You’ll also be able to more easily estimate how much space you’ll need, which we’ll go over in the next step.
Estimate the Space You’ll Need
Once your items are packed, it’s time to estimate the total volume of your belongings. Gather, stack, and pile all your belongings together. Try and be aware of what type of packer you are and account for that as well. Whether you’re an organized, Tetris-type packer or a relaxed, loosey-goosey packer, make sure when you gather your items together that it reflects your packing style so you get the most accurate estimation.
To calculate, multiply the length and width of all your items gathered together, or add up each item’s measurements individually. Doing this will give you a total square foot measurement. For example, if a pile comes out to 5 feet by 10 feet, you’ll need at least a 50-square foot storage unit.
In Doubt? Go Bigger
If you’re having doubts, it’s best to go up a size. Trying to be more economical by choosing a smaller unit isn’t always best. Items you’re storing long-term will need ventilation, so making sure everything has room to breathe is a good idea. Also, cramming too many items into a small unit may not only result in damage to your stuff, but it can quickly become a safety hazard if boxes are stacked too tall (they could topple over onto you).
Storage for All Your Needs
At EZ Access Storage, we have an assortment of storage unit spaces to offer you, no matter what you need to store away. We’ve got all your storage needs covered! We are always here to make your storage experience as EZ as possible in East Wenatchee.