What Size Unit Do You Need?
Self-storage units and containers are often not used to their maximum potential and large amounts of space is frequently left unused. This means that people a wasting their hard earned cash on space that they do not need.
As a general rule storage units are better if you need to access your belongings on a regular basis, but if you are not planning to access your contents at all, opting for a storage a storage container can save you a fare bit a cash.
To get the most out of storage units and containers, it is better to plan ahead before you start loading up the car. Here is a guide to help you plan, we here at Fox Moving and Storage also provide a storage calculator that will show you exactly what size container or unit you need:
Plan What You Will Store
- Begin by sorting what items will be packed in boxes and stacked.
- Order boxed items in terms of the ones that you will need to access most often (they will need to be stored towards the front of the unit).
- Organise by fragility or weight – heavyweight, tougher items should be stored on the bottom when stacking items and of course the fragile items on top.
- Think about some of the strange shaped items you may have that won’t stack well, also bear in mind how frequently you will need to use them and how much they weigh.
Choose the Right Size Unit
There is no point throwing money down the drain on space that you don’t need. However, having some extra space does come in handy when it comes to accessing items when needed and helps when you need to move around in the unit. Also, if you ever need to add some additional belongings in the future you won’t have to worry about having no space.
Organise and Pack Your Items with a Plan in Mind
Categorising and meticulously packing your belonging will take up some of your time and perhaps a lot of concentration. However, you will reap the rewards of the initial work that you have put in when you’re able to effortlessly unload and locate your items in the storage unit or container.
The estimations below are generally the amount of space / typical size container or unit you will require depending on how much you are storing:
- 8 x Tea Chest or 25 x Archive Boxes = 20 sq ft
- 20 x Tea Chest or 50 x Archive Boxes = 30 sq ft
- per 100 Archive Boxes = 40 sq ft (No aisle space)
- per 100 Archive Boxes = 60 sq ft (With aisle space)
- 1 x Bedroom = 50 – 60 sq ft
- 2 x Bedroom = 80 – 90 sq ft
- 3 x Bedroom = 100 – 120 sq ft
- 4+ x Bedroom = 150 – 200 sq ft
- Transit Van 35 – 45 sq ft
- Luton Van 70 -80 sq ft
- 5 Tonne Van 140 – 170 sq ft
- A unit with a floor size of 5 feet by 2 feet
- = 10 square feet
- = approx 1 square meter
We have our own calculator, which all our customers can use to calculate exactly what size storage unit or container they will require. With this calculator you will know the exact amount of space you need and eliminate the risk of purchasing a container that is too big for your needs!Back to blog page