3 Ways to Maximize Space in a Self-Storage Unit

Make More Space in Your Self-Storage Unit

According to the 2017 Self Storage Association Fact Sheet published by the Self Storage Association, an estimated one in 10 American households rents a self-storage unit. That is quite a jump compared to the estimate of one in 17 back in 1995. Today, the average unit costs $1.63 per square foot, so it makes sense to maximize the facility’s capacity.

When it comes to storage units, choosing the right size means not having to repack a unit that is too small or wasting money on unused space. If you have clients looking to secure a self-storage unit, pass along the following tips to help them get more for their money by selecting a space that’s just right.

  1. Get a solid estimate of how much space is needed.

    Taking inventory of property that will go into storage unit can help take the guesswork out of selecting a size. Most self-storage companies have a free online space calculator built into their websites.

  1. Take advantage of hollow spaces.

    It’s easy to overlook available smaller spaces within larger items. For example, an empty chest of drawers, buffet, or clean fridge/freezer can be used to store small items. Plus you’ll save money on packing materials.

  1. Look up!

    Most self-storage units are at least eight-feet high, allowing additional vertical space for stacking boxes. Begin by putting the heaviest boxes on the bottom as a base (be sure the items inside can withstand the extra weight). Stack lighter boxes on top. Installing shelving around the perimeter of the unit is an even more effective method of maximizing the use of vertical space.

Deciding on a unit size is a key challenge when renting a storage unit, particularly for individuals who have never used one before. Encourage your clients to plan accordingly to better maximize the space available.

2 Replies to “3 Ways to Maximize Space in a Self-Storage Unit”

  1. Derek Dewitt

    My wife and I are moving soon, so we might store some stuff while we get settled in the new house. I like your point about putting heavier boxes at the bottom of the storage unit. I’ll be sure to do this so we can safely stack out belongings.

  2. Victoria Addington

    My best friend is currently looking for a temporary self-storage unit where she can place some of her furniture pieces and other temperature-sensitive items before moving out. I appreciate your advice on how to maximize a facility. In order to identify the right size, I’ll tell her to take your tip to make an inventory of the items that she wants to get into the unit so that she won’t have to spend more money on the wrong size.


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