Storage Units – Choosing the Self-Storage Unit Right for You

Learn all about the different types, sizes, climate control, and even vehicle storage. We’ll help you move even if your friends won’t.

First things first.

If you’ve never experienced a self-storage facility up-close, don’t be afraid to visit one and get a tour. First impressions are important – is it clean, well-lit and secure? Get a feel for the place before committing. After all, this is where you’ll be storing your precious things.

Outdoor? Drive-up? Indoor?

What type of storage you pick depends on what you’re storing – each type has its benefits:

Outdoor Storage

Outdoor storage is ideal for protecting cars, motorcycles, RVs, trailers, equipment, and boats. Some places include a metal roof and RV hookups. Outdoor storage is like a really secure reserved parking space.

Drive-up Storage

Drive-up storage is probably the most familiar type of storage. Most units are the size of a 1-car garage, with a roll-up door for easy loading/unloading. The big benefit here is direct access – just pull up, unload, drive away.

Indoor Storage

Indoor storage is top of the line – fully enclosed, with well-lit hallways, and totally protected from the elements. These units are also more resistant to pests and dust, so they’re ideal for storing furniture, artwork, collectibles and other household belongings. Plus, with indoor storage, you have options – a more convenient first-floor unit, or a more affordable unit accessible by elevator. You can even choose a climate-controlled unit that’s more comfortable to visit and offers extra protection for your sensitive belongings.

“What size storage unit do I need?”

Ah, there’s the real question – but how do you decide? It’s all based on your stuff. Once you know what you’re storing, simply use our online tools to help you calculate:

Storage Calculator

Just fill in a few fields and different storage units will be recommended for you.

Storage Unit Size Guide

Exactly what fits inside eight different-sized storage units? See for yourself.

Storage Unit Videos

Take a video peek inside several storage units, from 5 x 5 to 10 x 20. Of course, you could always visit a storage unit in-person, to get a real world perspective of what you’ll need.

Climate-controlled storage?

Absolutely. Imagine your belongings stored in an environment with a constant temperature, usually between 55º and 85º F. Let’s say you’re storing sensitive items and you live in an area with temperature extremes or high humidity. Exposure to these extremes could cause mold, mildew, rust, warping, cracking, yellowing, and other harm to important items. Consider a climate-controlled unit for important things like:

  • Antiques
  • Artwork
  • Classic cars
  • Electronics
  • Furniture
  • Heirlooms
  • Clothing
  • Documents
  • Photos
  • Wine