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Renting a self storage unit can provide a convenient way to stash extra belongings when you’re tight on space at home or in your business. One key decision when renting a storage unit is picking the right size for your needs. Choose one too small and you won’t have enough room for all your stuff. Go too big and you’ll overpay for unused space. 

Follow these tips to determine the ideal storage unit size to fit your storage requirements.

Estimate Volume of Items

The first step is walking through your house, garage, office or other spaces to take a detailed inventory of what you will be storing. Make a comprehensive list with quantities factored in. For example, note the dimensions of furniture pieces, the number and size of boxes, quantity of sporting equipment, etc. Then calculate the total cubic feet volume needed based on the sizes and amounts of items.

For boxes and other containers, actually pack items into storage bins, bags or boxes first to get a more accurate sense of how much space they will take up. An accurate estimate of the total volume of your possessions is essential for determining what size storage unit you require.

Consider Access Frequency

How often will you need to access the storage unit to remove or replace items? Belongings that will be rarely used can be packed into smaller spaces. Items that you access frequently justify renting bigger storage units that make it easier to remove and return things as needed. If you’ll only be accessing the unit infrequently for seasonal or overflow storage, more compact units work. But if you need to swap items in and out regularly, allow extra space for easier access. Factor in access frequency needs when selecting a storage unit size.

Compare Unit Sizes and Prices

Storage facilities provide a range of unit sizes from 5 ft x 5 ft up to 10 ft x 30 ft or larger. Use your estimated volume amount along with expected access frequency to help identify candidate unit sizes. Also carefully compare the monthly rental prices offered based on different sizes. Larger units allow more space but cost more to rent. Look for the size range with sufficient cubic feet for your estimated belongings that aligns with how often you’ll need access at the best value price point.

Leave Room for Growth

When selecting a specific unit size, avoid maxing out the available space with your belongings. Leave 20-25% of the unit empty to allow for future growth. Storage needs often expand over time so it’s wise to get a unit slightly larger than your current items will fill. Starting with an extra vacant room will prevent you from needing to move to a bigger unit later if your possessions grow. Build in space for additions.

In summary

Estimating your overall storage volume, factoring in item access frequency, comparing offered unit sizes/prices, and allowing room for growth will guide you in picking out the ideal storage unit for your needs and budget. Taking the time to make informed size decisions ensures your unit provides utility and value.

Find Your Ideal Storage Unit Size with Niagara Storage

Renting a self storage unit provides extra room when you’re tight on space. But choosing the wrong size leads to headaches. Too small and there’s no room for your stuff. Too big and you waste money on unused footage.

End the storage size guesswork with help from the experts at Niagara Storage. We’ll evaluate your specific needs and recommend the perfect storage unit dimensions to fit your life and budget.

Niagara Storage offers secure, clean units in a range of sizes for household goods or business inventory. With easy 24/7 drive-up access.


Let Niagara Storage simplify your rental by helping pick the right storage unit size. Get in touch with us today!