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What size self-storage unit should I get?

One of the most common self-storage questions we receive from our customers is what size storage unit they need. The last thing you want to do is waste money on a storage unit that’s too big or cram everything into one that’s too small. Like Goldilocks, you want the unit that is, “just right.”

Wondering how much to budget to store college dorm goods for the summer or how much space you’ll need to store anything from a motorcycle to the contents of your home? We’re here to help! This article breaks down common self-storage unit sizes and what typically fits.

What size self-storage unit do you need?

Whether you’re looking to declutter, store your belongings while you move, or park your motorcycle during the offseason, there is a perfect size unit for you.

From small, 5×5 storage units to massive ones, such as a 10×30, there is a storage unit that’s just the right size to fit your needs.

If you’re more of the visual sort, head over to our size guide to see what you can fit in each unit. Otherwise, read on for answers to our storage unit sizing frequently asked questions.

What size self-storage unit is good for college students, extra home goods, and businesses?

5’ x 5’ storage unit (25 square feet)

This size self-storage unit is excellent to store extra items, such as:

  • Garden tools
  • Seasonal items
  • Office supplies and small equipment
  • Miscellaneous boxes
  • Twin-size bed or contents of college dorm room (without furniture)
  • Sports gear
  • Camping and outdoor recreation gear
  • Off-season clothing

Note: This size unit won’t fit furniture beyond a small dresser.

I’m moving and need to store the contents of my entire one-bedroom apartment or dorm room. What size self-storage unit should I rent?

5’ x 10’ storage unit (50 square feet)

About the size of a mid-size bedroom, a 5’x10’ self-storage unit is perfect for storing an entire bedroom/dorm room, office, or studio apartment.

These size units also are perfect for those looking to remodel a room or office. They provide the space you need to keep your belongings safe during construction or move!

We are moving into a new house and out of our one or two-bedroom apartment? What size will fit all my stuff?

10’ x 10’ storage unit (100 square feet)

This 100 square foot unit should hold all your items! It is ideal for storing an entire living room and two full bedrooms. This size unit holds larger mattresses, an entertainment center, bigger appliances like washers and dryers, dining room furniture, and all the goods from your two-bedroom home or apartment.

What size self-storage unit do I need for three-bedrooms or a full house?

10’ x 15’ storage unit (150 square feet) or 10’ x 20’ storage unit (200 square feet)

If you’re in-between homes or renovating and looking to fit furniture from a larger house that includes a family room, kitchen, and dining room and the entire contents of your bedrooms, consider opting for a larger size self-storage unit.

The 10’x 15’ storage unit can typically store the contents of three bedrooms. This space is also ideal for larger items like televisions, pianos, couches, or tables. The 10’ x 20’ unit can store up to five bedrooms worth of stuff and larger items like washers, dryers and refrigerators.

These types of units are also ideal for businesses or restaurants that are renovating their space.

What size self-storage unit do I need for a large house?

10’ x 30’ storage unit (300 square feet)

Now this is some serious storage! With a whopping 300 square feet of space, this size self-storage unit is ideal for a five-to-seven-bedroom house, easily storing entertainment centers, refrigerators, beds, couches, and more!

What size self-storage unit do I need for a motorcycle?

5’ x 10 ft. unit (50 square feet)

If you’re storing just one motorcycle, helmets, and jackets, a 5’ x 10’ self-storage unit is all you need. If you have more than one motorcycle and extra gear, choose the next size unit up.  You can also ask if there are units available with electricity to keep the battery in good condition while in storage.

What next?

Once you know what size you need, don’t base your decision to go with a nearby self-storage facility on price alone. Find a reputable option that is nearby for storing and accessing your belongings when you need them. Look for the following amenities:

  • Climate/temperature-controlled units
  • Drive-up access for easy loading and unloading
  • 24/7 video surveillance
  • Extended access hours
  • Clean and well-lit

Still not sure what size unit you need? Use our space estimator! Simply enter the quantity of what you are wanting to store, and our tool estimates what size storage unit you need.