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Everything You Need to Know About Self Storage and Storage Units

At Storage.com, we're here to help you understand what self storage is and what you need to know about renting a storage unit at a storage facility before you make a decision.

What Is Self Storage?

Self storage refers to a warehouse or multiple buildings with garage-like units where people can store belongings short or long term. It's commonly used for moves to a new home or city, as well as for decluttering or renovating home and office spaces. Self storage has also been useful for people who need vehicle storage, commercial storage, or assistance with life transitions, such as college, military assignments, death, or divorce.

How Much Does Storage Cost?

Self storage pricing can drastically shift based on storage unit size, storage facility location, storage amenities, storage access type, and the area's real estate market.

Find tips for saving money on self storage by visiting our cheap storage page.

Storage Unit Sizes

Storage units sizes differ from facility to facility, as well as from city to city. At some facilities, you can find units as small as gym lockers; at others, there are storage units that can house an entire boat or RV. As far as standard storage unit sizes go, however, these are the most common:

  • 5x5
  • 5x10
  • 10x10
  • 10x15
  • 10x20
  • 10x30

To get a better understanding of what can fit into each of these storage unit sizes, visit our storage unit size guide.

Storage Unit Access Types

Storage facilities offer different access types for storage units. Some facilities will have all outdoor-facing, garage-like units that offer drive-up access; others will have storage units that are inside a temperature-regulated building.

  • Drive-Up Access: Drive-up access storage units are best used when storing items that are difficult to move or vehicles. These storage units allow you to drive your vehicle or moving truck right up to the storage unit.
  • Indoor Access: Indoor access storage units are typically best for eliminating clutter from your home or storing the belongings of an apartment or dorm room. These storage units can be found with climate control, too, so they're a great option when storing anything valuable or temperature-sensitive.

Important Things to Consider When Renting a Storage Unit

To complete your crash course in self storage, let's take a quick look at some things you need to consider when looking to rent a storage unit.

  • What's your budget? Location, storage unit size, and amenities are the biggest factors in how much your monthly rent will cost. Figure out what your budget is and what you'll need out of your storage unit, then start comparing storage units.
  • What are you using self storage for? Knowing exactly what you're going to use storage for will help you make an educated choice. How often you need to access your storage unit and what you'll be storing are all things to know before committing to a storage facility or a particular storage unit.
  • Do you need a moving truck? Moving trucks and self storage go hand in hand. If you need a moving truck to transport your things to the storage facility, we can help. We've partnered with Budget® Truck Rental to make the process of moving your belongings into storage even easier. Rent a moving truck today!