How Do I Determine What Size Self Storage Unit to Rent?


When it comes to renting a self storage unit for the first time, almost everyone has the same question: What size storage unit do I need? It's a question that we get asked all the time at our locations in Pittsburg, Joplin, and Frontenac. After all, it can be difficult to visualize how much stuff you can really store in a 5x5 self storage unit or in a 10x10 or 10x20 unit, for that matter. Fortunately, there are lots of ways to help determine what size self storage unit is right for you, including handy online tools such as the Countryside Self Storage calculator right here on our website!

Before you get down to the nuts and bolts of something like our self storage calculator, though, you can get some idea of the amount of space you need by trying to visualize it in relation to something you're familiar with. For example, a 5x5 storage unit represents about as much space as a walk-in closet. A 10x10 self storage unit, on the other hand, is about 100 square feet of storage space, which is usually enough to store everything in your typical living room or family room. A larger self storage space, such as 10x20 unit, can actually offer enough room to store the contents of a five-bedroom home!

One way to get the most out of your storage space is to use the right supplies for the job, whether you're packing up a single room or a whole house. Self storage packing supplies from our Joplin, Frontenac, or Pittsburg self storage locations will help you to maximize space while also keeping your items sorted, separated, and safe. Packing supplies are more than just boxes. They also include bubble wrap, tape, markers, or box cutters. Our self storage experts can offer packing and storage tips to help you get the most out of your self storage unit.

It's worth keeping in mind that once you start packing things up, you'll probably find more stuff than you expected, so it's always better to over-estimate the amount of space you'll need than to under-estimate. After all, if you rent a unit and have a little space to spare, you can always use it to store anything else that might be taking up space in your home, such as holiday decorations during the off-season. And there's no reason you can't upgrade (or downgrade) the size of your self storage unit at a future date if your storage needs change.

Once you have an idea of what you're going to be storing, use our handy online self storage calculator or talk to one of our friendly self storage specialists to get an idea of what you need. Then make sure you buy self storage packing supplies from our Frontenac, Joplin, or Pittsburg self storage locations to make the best use of your new space.
Whether you're storing just a few items or the contents of a whole house, Countryside Self Storage is here to help you select the storage solution that's right for you. From choosing the right size self storage unit to picking out self storage packing supplies to maximize your space, our friendly staff can answer any questions that you might have. You have storage needs; we have solutions! Just contact us today or come see us at any of our Joplin, Pittsburg, or Frontenac locations!