There are so many mini storage units sprinkled across the landscape of America, and although that may seem a bit daunting for those looking for self storage, it really is a good thing. It means you have many options to choose from, which means the chances of finding the exact storage facilities you need are very good.

This list of tips for choosing a safe self storage which meets your needs is brought to you by Blue Mound 287 Self Storage, serving the Greater Fort Worth area. Call us at 817-439-1380 for more information or to arrange for a tour of our storage facilities.

Now let’s get to those tips!

Decide upon the size you need

Storage units range from 5×5 to the largest, 20×30.  The 5’x5’ will handle a large number of boxes, or small furniture.  The 20’x30’ will handle everything in a five-bedroom home.

How do you know which is right for you? There are a number of storage guides online which will help you to decide upon the proper storage unit for you. Remember, a 5’x5’ unit is not only five feet wide and five feet deep, but it is also eight feet tall, meaning you have a great amount of vertical storage as well as horizontal storage.

How accessible will it be for you?

What are the hours of operation at the storage facility?  Some are not open 24/7. Some are.  How important is that to you?

Ingress and Egress

This should be very important to you. How easy is it to get into and get out of the storage unit? How much room is there in the aisles? How easy is it to get a car to your storage unit, and how easy is it to back that car up and turn it around?  Narrow aisles are a royal pain. Wide aisles are like Manna from Heaven.


Is there on-site management?  Are there security cameras, and are they monitored constantly?  Does management live on the property? How secure is the fence surrounding the storage facility?

These things matter! They mean your possessions are safe and secure.


As a general rule, and we certainly don’t want this to sound snobbish, but a neat storage facility means that the management cares about your possessions. One which has trash laying on the grounds, one which is not maintained on a regular basis, that is one you should stay away from.


What is your budget? You can find a storage unit for as little as $45 per month. You can find them for a couple-hundred bucks per month. Determine how much you can afford and stick to that figure.

Do you need climate controlled storage?

Yes, climate controlled storage is available at the better storage buildings in your town or city.  You’ll pay, on average, about twenty extra dollars per month for it, but it is available, and it will keep your possessions extra-safe from humidity and Nature’s damage.

A word about Blue Mound 287 Self Storage

Everything that is important about self storage can be found at Blue Mound 287 Self Storage. Call us for more information and to arrange for a tour of our Fort Worth facilities.