When it comes time to rent storage space for your belongings, you will be faced with a myriad of choices, not only which storage facility to choose, but also what size storage unit. We have written several articles detailing what to look for in storage facilities, so today let’s look at choosing the right size storage unit for your needs.

We are Blue Mound 287 Self Storage, serving the Fort Worth Metro area with outstanding and affordable secure self storage. Call us at 817-439-1380 for more information.

Many storage space options to choose from.

Using our own Blue Mound 287 Self Storage as an example, let’s look at the various sizes of storage spaces offered to the public:

  • 5×5
  • 5×10
  • 10×10
  • 10×15
  • 10×20
  • 10×25
  • 10×30
  • 20×30

Besides those options, there are also storage solutions for car storage, boat storage, RV storage, and trailer storage, meaning just about anything you can imagine, which needs to be tucked away securely for a few months, can be stored in a quality storage facility like Blue Mound 287 Self Storage.

Which leads us to the question: which one will suit your specific needs?

Determining the right storage space for you.

One mistake most people make is looking at the size of a storage unit and figuring square footage. For example, a 5×5 storage unit equals twenty-five square feet of floor space. The key to that last sentence is “floor space,” which is an inaccurate assessment.

Storage units are not only length times width, but also height.  Each storage unit, depending upon the company you deal with, are either eight feet high or ten feet high.  This means that, in reality, with careful packing and stacking, you have 125-cubic feet of storage space in a 5×5 rather than25-square feet.

If you are serious about saving money, let’s look at what this means for you.

A 5×5 storage unit, at our facility, costs $45 per month.  A 5×10 unit costs $75 per month. That thirty dollar difference, multiplied times twelve months, means a difference of $360 in a year of storage. That is a considerable sum to save, and you can save it simply by careful packing and stacking.

And what does careful packing and stacking look like?

All things which can fit into a box should be.  Choose the sturdiest boxes you can find and, if necessary, reinforce those boxes with duct tape.  The boxes can then be stacked, one on top of another, all the way to the ceiling, without any fear of the boxes collapsing and the items being harmed.

The bigger items need to be measured, and once measured they can then be shifted and cajoled, this way and that, until they all fit into the remaining space.  Will this take you some time to do? Yes, but even if it takes you two hours of planning, that two hours will repay you hundreds of dollars over the course of a year’s storage.

Plan for the future.

Our final word of advice is to plan for the future. Are you storing items which will increase in number over time? For example, are you storing documentation for your business? That documentation will certainly increase each year, and you certainly don’t want to change storage units every two or three years, so a little pre-planning now will save you moving everything to a larger unit in two years.

A final word about Blue Mound 287 Self Storage.

In Fort Worth, residents know that when quality, secured self storage is needed, Blue Mound 287 Self Storage is the name to remember. We are locally owned and operated, and we can handle all of your storage needs. Call us and ask us about monthly specials.