Choosing a Public Indoor Storage Facility - How much space do you actually need?

January 14th, 2018 | in Storage

Anyone who’s ever moved knows this dilemma – how much space do I need for my stuff? One of the stresses of planning a move is figuring out what size moving truck to rent. You look at your home, count how many rooms, and do some math.

Sometimes it’s the same stress when figuring out what kind of indoor storage space you need. You do your research, go check out the place, take a look at a storage locker, and it can be really difficult to transfer the size of your things to this cube.

Storage LockersThe first thing you want to do is take a look at the biggest items you want to store. How much space will they take up? Can you take them apart, break them down into smaller pieces, or is it one big piece that can’t be changed? Sometimes furniture is what it is and there’s not much you can do. Other times, a few well-placed Allen keys can save you a ton of space.

Second, remember to think vertically. One big mistake a lot of people make is to ignore the stackability of their items. What I mean by that is how well you can put one box on top of another. In the best case, you’re storing items that are in nice, well-organized boxes that go one on top of the other, heaviest on the bottom. Real life doesn’t always work that way, so plan for some difficulties.

Third, take packing and protection into consideration. You’re not just packing a couch, for example. You’re also packing the sheet wrapped around it. You’re not just packing your valuable toy collection – you’re also boxing them and wrapping them carefully in Styrofoam and paper. All this takes extra space and you want to plan for that.

At Storguard, we have a handy guide to use to help figure out what public storage space you need. For all our locations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland, we have the space you need, regardless of what you’re storing.