When you are looking at storing your goods, When you are looking at storing your goods, how much space is enough? What does 25 square feet of actually look like in terms of boxes or belongings? For budgeting purposes it is useful to know in advance roughly what kind of space you are likely to need and the likely cost of that storage. Our storage size guide will help you to work out what you need.Some of the larger, nationwide storage providers like Big Yellow and Shurguard offer internal storage space in a wide range of sizes starting from as little as 9 square feet in area (36 cubic feet) all the way up to 200 square feet in area (1600 cubic feet).
3ft x 3ft x 4ft (36 cu ft)
Enough space to store 10 or so small boxes (provided you can stack them). This size space is idea for students looking to store their belongings over the holiday or perhaps hobbyists who need somewhere out of the house for storing craft supplies .
5ft x 3ft x 8ft (120 cu ft)
Similar in size to a large cupboard or walk in wardrobe - tall enough to stand up in, this kind of space would be able to accommodate around 20 or so medium sized boxes stacked. You would be able to store larger items like mattresses or bed bases in this kind of space due to the height.
7ft x 5ft x 8ft (280 cu ft)
This is approximately equivalent in size to a large garden shed. This kind of space could accommodate taller items of furniture or perhaps 30 or so medium sized boxes stacked. It would likely be large enough to accommodate the contents of a small studio flat. If you were looking to store larger leisure items like surfboards or paddleboards, kayacks and bikes away from home, this kind of space would be ideal.
6ft x 10ft x 8ft (480 cu ft)
Enough space to contain the contents of a 1 bedroomed flat - or around a transit vans worth of storage. Larger items of furniture such as sofas and tables can be accommodated in this kind of storage space as well as larger boxes, bikes etc. Ideal for creating space if you are decluttering your home for sale or storing excess furniture after downsizing perhaps
10ft x 10ft x 8ft (800 cu ft)
Around the same size as a single garage, this space should be able to store the contents of a 2 bedroomed property, including larger items like wardrobes. If you were looking to store your home contents between houses this kind of space would be ideal.
15ft x 10ft x 8ft (1200 cu ft)
A large Luton type vans worth of space, generally enough to hold the contents of a 3 bedroomed house along with white goods, larger furniture etc. Ideal for storing your home contents whilst moving or if you find yourself between homes for some reason.
20ft x 10ft x 8ft (1600 cu ft)
This is the size of a shipping container - roughly equivalent to a double garage. Would certainly be enough space to store the contents of a 4 bedroomed house, including larger items of furniture like wardrobes and bookcases as well as white goods and garden and garage contents.
As ever, when working out the likely cost of self storage it is important to factor in the cost of moving to and from the storage and appropriate storage insurance cover. Storage Insurance is based on the total value of your stored items, rather than the size of the storage you have chosen so do take the time to properly inventory your stored items. The insurance level should be calculated based on the full replacement cost of your stored items, not what you think they are worth.
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