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How much storage do I need?

It can be difficult to work out how much storage space you need – even if the pile of boxes and furniture that require stowing away are right in front of you.

Too big and your belongings will be rattling around inside, too small and you won’t be able to organise it as you will be shoving your belongings into tight spaces – perhaps being unable to store everything you need to.

So the first question to ask yourself is … do I need storage at all?

Why do you need storage? Are you moving house? Or offices? Decluttering? Going travelling? Redecorating? Heading to or from university?

Answering this will help you to address the more important question: How much do I need to store - everything I own or just a select number of things?

Right, once you have established that yes, you do need storage, the next question is how much storage do I need?


Garden shed and studio flat

There are eight sizes that fit within our ‘small’ and ‘smallest’ categories, the largest of which is roughly half the space of a household garage and the smallest is the size of a small car boot.

These units are ideal if you just need a little bit of extra space. Perhaps you would like to store your seasonal clothing, maybe you have cleared out your spare room so you can use it as a bedroom or you might be looking for somewhere to keep your first baby’s belongings ready for baby number two. Whatever the reason these units will provide you with the space that you require.

  • 9 sq ft: these lockers are 3ft high and are big enough for 10 small boxes.

  • 12 sq ft: this is a unit the size of a large, tall wardrobe. At 8ft high this is enough space to store 40 small or 20 medium sized boxes.

  • 15 sq ft: picture a red telephone box - that is about how much space you have inside this unit. It is perfect for smaller furniture.

  • 20 sq ft: this is around the size of a tall walk in wardrobe – and can store about 60 small boxes.

  • 25 sq ft: this is the size of a small garden shed; you could fit four fridge freezers in here.

  • 30 sq ft: if your belongings fill up a transit van, then this is the one for you. It is about the size of an average-sized garden shed.

  • 40 sq ft: this unit gives you enough space to store the belongings from a small studio flat or around 30 medium boxes.

  • 50 sq ft: this is about the size of half of a household garage and can fit the belongings of a studio flat.


One/two bedroom flat and three-bedroom house

Our medium sized units are perfect if you are moving house and need somewhere to store items you would like to move out early or furniture you are buying in preparation. It could be the right size if, for example, you are heading to or from university or are going travelling and need storage while you are between properties.

  • 60 sq ft: this is slightly bigger than the size of half of a household garage, you could fit 80 medium boxes in here, perfect for furniture and belongings from a one-bedroom flat.

  • 75 sq ft: if your belongings fill a small removals truck then this is the size unit that you need. It is enough space for the contents of a two-bedroom flat and can store 100 medium boxes.

  • 100 sq ft: this is around the size of a household garage and can store the contents of an average three-bedroom house.

  • 125 sq ft: if your belongings fill a removal van then this unit will be the perfect size.


Four/five bedroom house

Our large units are ideal if you are moving out of a bigger house. Perhaps you are downsizing but aren’t quite ready to get rid of your belongings just yet. Or maybe you are heading to a rental while you search for your next home.

  • 150 sq ft: this is the size of a large garage and enough space to store the contents of a four-bedroom house.

  • 175 sq ft: this space is big enough for 230 medium sized boxes or the contents of a five-bedroom house.

  • 200 sq ft: this is the size of a double household garage and plenty of space for the contents of a five-bedroom house.


Moving an office

Our extra large units are perfect if you are moving offices and need somewhere to store all those desks, computers, and filing cabinets. They are also ideal if you have set up a business and are looking for somewhere to store the stock but don’t want the commitment of a warehouse.

  • 250 sq ft: if you have 330 medium sized boxes then this is the unit for you.

  • 300 sq ft: this is our largest unit and is the same size as a triple household garage.


Make sure you aren’t paying for a unit bigger than you need by maximizing the space:

  • Don’t store anything you don’t really want or need – just get rid of it.

  • Organisation is key – label and store in a logical order.

  • Be careful how you pack – think strategically by perhaps packing smaller items inside larger ones, and heavier items at the bottom.

Remember, if the space is too big or too small – or you want to take items out or add them in, you can always upsize or downgrade your space.

Are you still not sure? Come in and see them for yourself before you settle on a size and start moving all your belongings in.