How to Determine the Ideal Size for Your Storage Unit

July 14th, 2020 in Storage

Choosing the ideal size for your storage unit

Choosing the ideal size for your storage units is important. You want to ensure that you will have enough space to meet your self storage means, but do not want to be wasting money on a larger space that you are not utilizing.

How do you know what size locker you need?

Storing your items is part art and art science. Use creativity to make the most of your storage space. For example, remember to use the full height of your storage. Some creative but safe stacking is appropriate. To protect your health and your items, put heavy, non-fragile items at the bottom.  And consider leaving walking space between some of your items if you’ll need to retrieve some of them during their stay with us.

With this in mind, here are some tips on how you can determine the ideal size for your storage unit.

Know What You Are Storing

First and foremost, what are you storing? You probably have an idea of what you are planning to be putting in storage. While taking count doesn’t need to be an exact number of boxes, are you storing a handful of totes to get them out of the closet, storing furnishings from one room? Two rooms? An entire house? A vehicle? Think about what you are planning to store.

Consider the Shape

An important consideration is the shape of what you plan on storing. If most of your items are going to be boxed, and these are sturdy boxes that can be stacked, then you are able to take full advantage of the height of the unit and fit a lot more in a smaller space. Likewise if the items are odd shapes and not stackable, you will need a larger square footage.

How Accessible?

You also should consider how accessible things should be. If you plan to fill the unit up from the floor to the ceiling and cram it full, be sure that you will not need to access anything. If you are storing items that you may need regular access to, then you need to consider a larger space, to give you room to navigate and organize.

Think about these three tips when considering your storage unit size needs. Also, you may benefit from going to Storguard and taking a look at the difference sizes of units. It can be hard visualize how much space something is based on the printed dimensions, and often seeing it will give you a better idea the ideal size for your storage needs

Available sizes at STORGUARD

or "Best Bang For Your Buck In The Real World"

Our Storguard Vancouver units range from 3’x 3’ x 3’ to 13’ x 13’ x ‘10’. If you need storage in Vancouver, Storguard has plenty of dimensions and size combinations to suit your needs, including affordable mezzanine lockers that are ideal for light items and are located above floor lockers.

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Here is a guide to the size unit you should choose for your Vancouver storage needs.

3' x 3' to 5' x 9' (Mezzanine)
Our smallest size lockers are 9 sq ft to 45 sq ft. They are the ideal units for boxes, bags, and sports equipment. You’ll be able to fit a bicycle inside, for example, along with a few extra boxes or other items.  Note that the contents should be relatively light, however, since they are positioned above floor lockers. Units like these are perfect for seasonal items and student storage needs.

5' x 10' to 6' x 10'
These storage lockers will work well for storing the contents of a bachelor or one bedroom apartment

8' x 10'
You should be able to fit the contents of a large 2-3 bedroom house in one of these.

10' x 10'
One of these 100sq ft storage units will accommodate the contents of a 2 to 3 bedroom house. Alternatively, they are a great size for business shelving.

over 10’ x 10’
Our largest units have a floor area of around 170sq ft. This should accommodate the contents of an average 4-bed house. They are also fantastic for commercial storage needs.

Once you’ve packed your car or van, you’ll have a better idea of how much space you need. We can accommodate any changes to your requirements if necessary. However, you don’t need to wait until you arrive to ask our staff for help. Give us a call or contact us by email with your plans and our friendly staff will provide expert advice to fulfil your Vancouver storage needs.


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