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Ultimate Guide to Choosing the Right Storage Unit Size

choosing the right size storage unit

In today’s world, space comes at a premium, so finding the right storage solution can be crucial for effectively and affordably managing your belongings. Whether you’re downsizing, moving, or simply decluttering, choosing the right storage unit size is essential to ensure you’re not paying for more space than you need – or that you don’t find yourself with not enough room while you’re packing up your unit.

To help you make an informed decision, let’s explore the steps you should take to determine the storage unit size you should choose:

  1. Assess Your Belongings

Begin by taking stock of the items you intend to store and create an inventory. Categorize items based on their size, shape, and frequency of use. By doing so, you will gain a clear understanding of the volume of belongings you need to accommodate, allowing you to choose a storage unit size that meets your needs.

  1. Consider Your Future Needs

While it’s vital to account for your current storage needs, it’s also important to think about any potential changes in your storage requirements in the future. Are you planning on acquiring more items, or are you working on downsizing? Opting for a slightly larger unit than your current needs can provide some flexibility and prevent having to relocate to a larger unit later on.

  1. Measure Large Items

It’s no fun to find out on moving day that the couch you plan on storing won’t fit in your storage unit! Prevent that from happening to you by taking measurements of all large items you plan on storing, such as furniture, appliances, sports equipment, cars, and boats. Additionally, consider whether these items can be disassembled or stacked to maximize space.

  1. Evaluate Accessibility

Another factor that you’ll need to consider is how frequently you’ll need to access your stored belongings. If you’ll be making regular visits to retrieve or drop off items, you may want to opt for a storage unit that is slightly larger than what you need to allow for easy navigation and accessibility. By choosing a unit with adequate space, you will be able to create aisles that can streamline the drop off and retrieval process and make your life easier.

  1. Take Space Saving Measures

When packing up your items for storage, use space saving techniques such as using plastic, stackable containers, vacuum-sealed bags, and utilizing shelving. Doing so will condense your items and allow you to make the most out of your unit’s space.

  1. Refer to Our Handy Sizing Guide

It’s hard for most people to think of things as far as square footage, that’s why we offer a storage sizing guide so you can easily determine what unit will be sufficient. Our guide includes unit size, what that space size can be compared to, and what that size of unit can typically hold. Of course, you will still want to double check by measuring your own belongings, especially if you plan on storing a lot of bulky items.


By carefully evaluating these factors and considering your specific storage requirements, you can choose the right storage unit size with confidence. Whether you’re storing household items, seasonal belongings, or business inventory, selecting the right storage space ensures organization and peace of mind.

Storage City Self Storage is a locally-owned and operated facility offering clean, secure self-storage units in Rapid City, Box Elder, and Belle Fourche. We offer climate-controlled and cold storage units that are fenced in and secured by a gate with code-entry access. Call us at 605-394-9442 today to rent your unit!