How to Choose a Storage Unit
Finding the right storage unit size and understanding if you need features like climate-controlled storage are essential to having a positive storage experience.
Step 1: Identify What You’re Storing
The first step in renting a storage unit is to identify what you need to store. From household belongings during a move to business or vehicle storage, the sizes, features, access types, and other factors to consider will all be impacted by what you need to store!
Take a minute to evaluate how much you plan to store and the types of belongings that will be going into storage.
Step 2: Choose the Best Storage Unit Size for You
Once you’ve taken account of the belongings you need to store, you'll want to figure out what size of storage unit you'll need. Take a look at our most popular sizes ranging from 5x5 to 10x30 to see what makes the most sense for you! For more unit size information, check out our storage unit size estimator.
5x5 Storage Units
5x5 storage units are similar to a small walk-in closet and are perfect for smaller storage needs.
5x10 Storage Units
5x10 storage units can store belongings like larger mattresses, furniture, lawn equipment, and even a motorcycle.
5x15 Storage Units
5x15 storage units can hold the belongings of a one-bedroom apartment such as a sofa, bed, tv, table, and several boxes.
10x10 Storage Units
10x10 storage units provide enough space to store the contents of a one- or two-bedroom apartment including items like appliances.
10x15 Storage Units
10x15 storage units comfortably store the belongings of a two-bedroom apartment. These storage units can also fit small cars.
10x20 Storage Units
10x20 storage units can store the contents of multiple bedrooms, living room furniture, patio furniture, items from your garage, and more. These storage units can also store most regular-sized cars excluding larger trucks.
10x30 Storage Units
10x30 storage units are perfect for storing the contents of a three- to five-bedroom house. Large cars including large pickups and most commercial vans can also fit in these storage units along with some boats and RVs.
Step 3: Consider Storage Unit Access Types
Now that you have an idea of what storage unit size most closely matches your needs, figuring out the type of access you need is next.
Drive-up storage provides incredible convenience when unloading your belongings with the ability to drive your vehicle, including moving trucks, right up to the storage unit. Drive-up access is great when you’re storing quite a bit and have large, heavy items.
Indoor or interior access also has its benefits. The biggest one is climate-controlled storage. If you’re storing belongings like electronics, wooden furniture, or artwork that can be impacted by extreme heat, cold, or humidity, interior storage units are far more likely to offer the climate-controlled environment that’s best for you.
Step 4: Do You Need Climate Controlled Storage?
Speaking of climate-controlled storage, let’s take a deeper dive into whether or not it makes sense for your storage needs. Where you’re storing, what you’re storing, and how long you plan to store all influence if climate control is worth it for you. Learn More About Climate Controlled Storage.
Where You’re Storing
If you live in areas like the Midwest with heat, cold, and humidity or the southwest with extreme heat, you should strongly consider climate-controlled storage.
What You’re Storing
Items like electronics, wooden furniture, artwork, and books can be impacted by hot weather, extended exposure to high humidity, and extreme cold.
How Long You’re Storing
The longer your items are in storage and exposed to harsher weather conditions than they would be in your home, the more you should consider using climate-controlled storage to protect them while in storage.
When trusting your belongings to a storage facility, security should be top of mind. At Life Storage, we take security measures including digital video surveillance, password-protected gate and door access systems, and proper lighting so you always feel safe on our properties.
Keep your belongings in a clean, well-maintained environment at Life Storage. We hold ourselves to a high standard to make sure our facilities are always in the best condition possible for our customers.
Being able to access your storage unit when it’s convenient for your schedule can’t be overlooked. We offer extended access hours from 6am to 10pm.
Vehicle Storage Types
- Car Storage Guide
From compact cars to commercial vehicles, we accommodate all your car storage needs. Popular car storage options ranging from 10x15 to 10x30 and in 15’ and 20’ outdoor parking spaces.
- Motorcycle Storage Guide
Storage units such as 5x10 units can easily accommodate motorcycles making indoor storage very popular. Our outdoor parking spaces are another option for motorcycle storage.
- Boat Storage Guide
While some smaller boats might be able to fit into our larger storage units, our most popular boat storage options are 20’ and 30’ outdoor parking.
- RV Storage Guide
Similar to boat storage, some smaller trailers might be able to fit into our smaller storage units for indoor RV storage, but our most popular options are 10x26 and 10x30 outdoor parking spaces.
- Commercial Storage Guide
Life Storage is here for your business. We offer convenient, affordable storage solutions and even offer office space at select locations.
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