20 March 2014

Optimising your storage unit size

One of the toughest challenges involved in renting self storage space for the first time, is determining the storage unit size most suitable for your needs. This generally depends on the quantity and type of goods being stored and the ease of access required. But there are many other considerations involved in achieving full storage unit space optimisation.

Goods quantity

You can store more goods inside a larger storage unit, compared to a smaller unit. The quantity of your goods can be measured in several different ways; the numbers of bedrooms in a house, number of car or van loads, or simply by the number of boxes. Morespace Storage have provided a handy space calculator to help you find your storage unit size by quantity.

Goods type

If all your goods are neatly packed away in boxes, then can choose to store them as compactly as possible. Although if you require storage for bulky soft furnishings such as a sofa or mattress, then in order to preserve them you should avoid stacking goods on top of them. If you’re storing delicate ornaments or art, then good and safe packaging will avoid any damage whilst in store.


If you wish to have regular access to your goods, you should take a storage unit that’s big enough to create small aisles or corridors. However if you don’t need regular access your goods can be tightly stacked against each other. In this case, it’s often useful to use the same size boxes or shelving.

Adding or removing goods

Are you thinking of moving everything into your storage unit, then eventually moving everything out? If so then your storage unit size should remain constant. But it you’re looking to add or take away goods whilst they’re in storage, then it’s worth planning your storage size as appropriate.

Up or down size

Whilst you might be starting to store the entire contents of a three bedroom house, after you’ve moved house, may need to store a smaller quantity of goods. In this case a customer at Morespace Storage might start with 150 square feet storage unit, and then downsize to a smaller 30 square feet unit for the medium or long term. Storage units are of course subject to availability so you should always check beforehand that this should be possible.

Seeing is believing

For anyone at home who hasn’t used self storage before, it’s often tricky to imagine the different unit sizes available. So it’s a really good idea to visit your storage facility. When you walk into the various different sizes of storage unit available, it’s much easier to visualise your goods being stored and how much space you need. If you live in Cambridgeshire near Huntingdon, St Neots, St Ives, Cambridge, Peterborough or Bedford, you can arrange a viewing at your convenience by contacting Morespace Storage.

Take advice

Staff at most storage facilities usually have experience in determining the right size of unit you need, after all they deal with these issues on a day-to-day basis! Staff are usually perfectly happy to take the pressure of you and help you determine the size you require. So make use of their knowledge and ask about anything you don’t understand.


It’s obvious that the larger your storage unit, the greater the price you’re likely to pay. However a larger unit is likely to cost less per square foot or metre, than its smaller counterpart. But this might influence you’re decision when combined with all of the other considerations.

Practice makes perfect

If you’re still unsure exactly what size storage unit you need, providing you have a large enough room or garage, you can practice at home, before your goods are actually moved into the storage facility. Sometimes it’s only by actually stacking your goods, you can really see how they can best fit together, to realize your optimum storage unit size.