There is more to renting a mini storage unit than simply paying the money and moving stuff into it.  If you want to get the most out of the storage spaces you are renting then you will want to read this article by Blue Mound 287 Self Storage, providing self storage solutions for Fort Worth residents for many years. Call us at 817-439-1380 for more information about current pricing and availability.

The specifications of a mini storage unit.

It begins with knowing the precise measurements of the mini storage unit you are renting.  The smallest you will find will be 5’x10’; the largest storage units most likely will be 20’x30’, possibly forty feet in length depending upon the storage facility you are dealing with.

Having said all that, you also need to keep in mind the vertical space. Most storage units are eight feet high; we have seen some which are ten feet vertical.  Thus, you are going to calculate the cubic feet (length x width x height) rather than just the square footage (length x width). This will have increased importance if you have a large amount you plan on squeezing into the storage unit.

The wrong way to load a self storage unit.

The absolute wrong way to load a mini storage unit is to just start grabbing items and placing them in the unit, back to front.  We will discuss in the next section all that is wrong with this approach. This is the most common technique used by most people and it is absolutely the worst technique to use if you have many items, as in a household of furniture and multiple boxes.

The right way to load storage spaces.

The correct way of loading a self storage unit may seem tedious but it is, by far, the best approach.

Start by drawing a diagram/picture of the storage unit.  You are going to designate each item you put   in the unit on the drawing for easy reference later when you need something from the unit.

Measure larger items and plan on putting them along the walls, starting in the back.

Plan on an aisle way, preferably down the center of the storage unit, so you have easy access to any item no matter where it is placed.

Pack smaller items in strong, reinforced boxes, and stack boxes on top of each other, going as high as you feel is prudent.  Label each box with a list of items in the box.

Fill in the remainder of the space, placing items you will for sure need towards the front of the unit.

Correctly loaded, a 20’x30’x storage space has enough room for everything in a three-bedroom home, but only if you follow these packing recommendations.

A final word about Blue Mound 287 Self Storage.

Blue Mound 287 Self Storage is locally owned and operated, as is our sister co boxmpany in South Fort Worth, Mouser Self Storage.  Call either one for the same great customer service you have come to expect.  We have storage for your household possessions as well as car storage, RV storage, boat storage, and small hobby shops for rent.