Needing to rent a storage unit possibly means that you’re in a transitional phase between homes, or that you simply don’t have enough space in your home to keep everything there. Either way, you never want to spend more on a unit than you have to, which means calculating correctly the space you do need. There is a balance between renting a unit that may be below your budget, but doesn’t give you the room to maneuver between boxes, and renting a unit that is too big and you’re spending more than is necessary.
At Love Field Storage in Dallas, we want the best for our customers, and that means ensuring we have a variety of sizes at both of our Oak Cliff and Love Field locations so you can get the perfect amount of space for your needs. Here are some tips to help you decide.
Knowing where to start can be the hardest part, so take some time to determine what you are putting into storage. Take an inventory of larger items that could potentially be stacked on top of each other, and estimate the number of boxes you may need, both large and small. Also note if you have any irregularly shaped items like lamps or bikes and plan ahead of time on how you want to place them in the storage unit.
Do You Need Walking Space?
Whether or not you need access to items in the unit can make a big difference on the final size that you rent. If you know for sure that you don’t need to access any of the items like book, clothes, seasonal items, etc., you can pack the storage unit tightly and possibly opt for a smaller space. If you are planning on coming back to the unit every so often to pick out a jacket for a colder Dallas weekend, you will need to plan to make space down the middle of the unit so you have easy access to boxes.
Visit the Storage Unit
To get a visual of how big a unit is, make a trip to the unit itself. When you can see the space, you can better visualize how your belongings will fit into the space.
Use Both Vertical and Horizontal Space
Understand that you can fill up floor to ceiling space as well as wall to wall space. If you have a large number of boxes that are the same size, stack them up until you reach the ceiling to maximize the space. Just be sure to start with the heaviest boxes on the bottom and label everything so you know exactly where your favorite jacket is.
With these tips in mind, here is a rough guideline on how much and what types of items will fit in our storage units.
- 5’ x 5’: Similar to a large closet, this can hold a small mattress, dresser, and a few small boxes.
- 5’ x 10’: Similar to a walk-in closet, this can hold items from a furnished one bedroom apartment.
- 10’ x 10’: Similar to half of a one-car garage, or slightly smaller than a standard bedroom, this can hold items from a two bedroom apartment.
- 10’ x 15’: Slightly smaller than a one-car garage, this can hold items from three bedrooms and larger items like couches, pianos, or appliances.
- 10’ x 20’: The size of a one-car garage, this can hold items from a three or four bedroom home.
- 10’ x 30’: Just smaller than a two-car garage, this can hold just about anything you need, from furniture to small boats or vehicles.
The storage units at both Oak Cliff and Love Field also come in sizes in between the ones listed above, so if your items would fit into a 5’ x 8’ unit or a 12’ x 25’ unit, we have just what you need. For a tour of our storage unit facility in Dallas, give us a call today.