What Size Unit Do You Need? - Fox Self Storage

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

Metric Conversion:

  • 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!

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Do you need Self Storage? Are you a homeowner on the move, a business wishing to free up some valuable office space, or a student in need of some storage between term time? Whatever your requirements, we will provide a safe and fully secure second home for your belongings..

By choosing Fox Self Storage, you’ll be placing your possessions in the hands of one of the most experienced and trusted names in the industry. In fact, we’ve been in business for nearly 50 years now, and opened one of the very first facilities all the way back in 1992! Currently, we have locations in Bristol, Cardiff, Cwmbran, Newport, Southampton and Stourbridge.

As a result, our staff are hugely experienced in all aspects of moving and storage, and are always on hand to help you find the perfect solution to your storage needs at the best possible price. So if you’re looking for a simple and cost-effective storage solution, contact us today for a no-obligation quote


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Why Choose Fox Self Storage?

Units range from 15 sq ft to over 200 sq ft, so whatever space you require, we’ll provide the perfect fit!

Unlimited access during opening hours with on-site management should you require assistance.

Premises protected by 24 hour security and fire alarms, as well as CCTV for added safety.

Belongings locked securely using your own padlock – giving you complete piece of mind.

Competitive pricing ensures that you receive the best possible deal.

Racking systems can be provided for business or private use

Personal and Household Storage

Whether you’re downsizing, renovating, redecorating, moving abroad, or simply need more space for your personal possessions, Fox Self Storage will be able to provide the perfect solution. Our self storage facilities are clean, dry, safe and 100% secure, and will be able to house virtually any personal or household item.

Business and Commercial Storage

Does your business have too much stock? Perhaps you have a surplus of tools and machinery and need to free up your workspace? Maybe you have some important business documents that require safe storage? Whatever your business requirements, the team at Fox Self Storage will be able to help.

Student Self Storage

At the end of each term when student accommodation is often rented out to the public, many students are forced to take all of their possessions home – and then bring them back again! Instead, why not try our storage soltuions at Fox? We provide a range of services specifically designed to assist students and take the hassle out of the holidays!


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