When you’re running short on storage space, renting a storage unit is the most efficient and practical solution. It’s much more affordable than moving to a larger home or business, and you can rent the unit indefinitely or only for a limited time depending on your needs. But while storage containers can be a convenient and secure way to keep your belongings stored nearby, you might be unsure of exactly how much space you need. Sizes of storage containers can vary widely, and since larger units will cost more, figuring out exactly how much space you need is the smart move budget-wise. Use this handy guide from Eagle Leasing to figure out what size storage you need.
List the Items That Need to Be Stored
Before you look at different sizes of storage units, take time to sit down and list out all of the belongings that need to be placed inside. Whether it’s tools and equipment for your business, furniture from your home, or building materials for a construction project, having a clear inventory of everything that needs to be stored is crucial for determining the right storage container dimensions.
First, list out all large items that can’t be boxed up. Take measurements of these items and note whether they can be stacked or disassembled for easier storage.
Next, compile all the smaller items that need to go into the storage unit. If you have a lot of these items, organize them into boxes or bins. Once these smaller items are boxed up, write down the number of boxes and the dimensions for each one. Add labels to the outside of each box or bin to make sure you can easily find any smaller items need once they’re placed in storage.
Calculate Storage Unit Dimensions
Next, it’s time to compare the dimensions for various storage containers to determine what size will work for you. Here’s a helpful comparison of three standard storage units available from Eagle Leasing:
- 10’ storage container: This container has a capacity of 561 cubic feet (interior dimensions are 9’ 4” x 7’ 8” x 7’ 9 7/8”). It is comparable in size to a large walk-in closet.
- 20’ storage container: This container has a capacity of 1,173 cubic feet (interior dimensions 19’ 5 ½” x 7’ 8” x 7’ 9 7/8”). It is slightly smaller than a one-car garage.
- 40’ standard storage container: This container has a capacity of 2,389 cubic feet (interior dimensions are 39’ 5 ½” x 7’ 8” x 7’ 9 7/8”). It is comparable in size to two average-sized bedrooms combined.
Based on the overall dimensions and cubic footage, you can determine which of these options is best suited to your storage needs.
Plan Out Your Storage
Before you decide on a storage container size, be sure you think through how everything will fit into the space. Use the dimensions from your inventory list to figure out how things can be placed and stacked with the unit. Factor in whether or not you will need to store more items in the future and have additional space for that.
Remember that you may not want all of your belongings packed in very tight if you plan to access them on a regular basis. These are long, narrow units, so be sure to consider if you’ll have enough space to move around inside the unit and get to what you need. If you’re storing items that you won’t need to use anytime soon, on the other hand, you can pack your items into the container more tightly.