How To Choose The Right Storage Unit Size

If you are considering putting some of your household and/or personal items into storage for a period, there are many different aspects to consider. One of the main considerations is what storage unit size will you need to rent. Here are some tips to help you decide the capacity, and facilities, you should consider when selecting a storage unit:

Storage Content

The first step is to decide which items you want to store – you want to ensure that you have enough space for all your items but, at the same time, you don’t want to rent a space too big which will result in you paying more for space you don’t want or need! Make an inventory of all the items you intend to store and note down the quality and condition of each individual item – this will not only ensure you rent the most appropriate storage unit size, but also help in providing a record of your items’ condition before entering storage, should anything be damaged whilst in transit or in the storage unit itself. Choose your storage unit based on the type of item and amount of space you will require. You will want to ensure you rent a space large enough to comfortably store your items without a risk of them being damaged or compromised whilst in storage. A general rule of thumb is the storage space required corresponds to approximately 10% of a living space and its contents.  

Calculate The Space

Once you have fully identified and itemised all the goods for storage, calculate the number of boxes or other storage vehicles you will need to house the items. From there you can assess how the storage will look with regards to both floor space and height within the storage unit – the best way to do this is to multiply the length and the width of the calculated number of storage boxes or crates to assess the square footage you will need your storage unit to provide. It is better to err on the side of caution with your calculations – if you are unsure exactly how big a unit you require, then opt for the next size up to ensure you can fit all your items in comfortably and safely.


A major factor is, of course, cost – comparing different storage providers is always advisable as many storage facilities give more favourable rates the longer the rental time required, and many will offer deals on a month-by-month basis with no deposit, making your rental agreement more flexible. It is worth the effort to establish the best value-for-money storage option for your specific needs.

Other Considerations

The quality of the storage facility – you will want a unit that is clean, dry, secure, and well-lit. Your storage unit should be water-tight and, depending upon the nature of the items you are storing, climate-controlled to avoid moisture build-up and damp. Easy access to your stored goods is important, so always choose a unit in which the layout and space allows you such. Security is also an important consideration – select a facility that offers personal codes and individual locks to ensure only authorised people have access to your unit. Choose a self-storage facility that offers 24-hour security and state-of-the-art camera and surveillance equipment, to offer the best protection for your valuable items.

Self-storage prices do not have to be restrictive – you can obtain reasonable self-storage prices if you look around.

Choose Chelsea Self Storage

If you’re seeking long term personal self storage in London, take a look at Chelsea Storage for effective storage solutions. We offer convenient, clean and secure self-storage space units for the public for as long or as short as you want it, at storage unit prices to suit all budgets. Call us today FREE on: 0808 1681310 to discuss your requirements or contact us for a storage quote; and get your very own short term storage in London today.