What Size Storage Unit Do I Need?

Posted on June 30, 2021

Make the most of your space by choosing the right storage unit.

Space. The final frontier... Sorry, got off track there. Let’s start again… Space. There never seems to be enough of it, especially when it comes to storage. If you are looking for spare space to store your dorm room furnishings over the summer or need to clear out a 3-bedroom home while undergoing renovations, it helps to know what storage unit size you will need. Use our storage size estimator to help you and make the best of some extra space with these tips. 


Bigger Than Your Standard Closet

Typically measuring 4X6’, a storage locker offers just the right amount of space to store items that do not fit inside an average sized closet. Perfect for storing small furnishings from a one-bedroom or dorm room, storage lockers can also be used for storing stock and all that dreaded paperwork for your small business.

Other items you can store in a locker include:

  • A single mattress
  • Small desk
  • Bar fridge
  • Bicycle or other smaller-sized recreation/sporting equipment  
  • Seasonal decorations 
  • House staging items 
  • Tires
  • Tools and garden equipment


When a Little More Space is Required

Think of moving from a locker into a slightly larger storage space as moving up from a dorm room into your very own one-bedroom apartment or condo. A 5X8’, 5X10’ or 8X8’ unit is perfect for roommates looking to store their collective belongings, but it can also be used by those downsizing who need a little extra storage space.

 Items that can fit into these units include:

  • Small furniture such as a bed, dresser, small couch
  • 2-3 mattresses
  • Seasonal items such as patio furniture
  • Motorcycle, bicycles


More Bedrooms, More Space

As a rule, the more bedrooms in your home, the more space you’ll likely require for storage. Follow this guide:

For a 1-2-bedroom home, consider a 10X10’ or 10X15’ unit that can fit items such as:

  • Large furniture
  • Appliances (washer, dishwasher, dryer, etc.)
  • Yard equipment and patio furniture
  • Motorcycle, ATV, or snowmobile

For a 2-4 bedroom home or a business, think about a large storage space measuring 10X20’ or 10X25’ that can fit the above items as well as:

  • Office and business equipment and furniture
  • Household, garage, and outdoor items
  • A vehicle


For more storage tips, read How to Pack for Long-Term Storage vs. Short-Term.

Space Centre Storage provides the Okanagan’s largest variety of secure storage spaces in Kelowna, from storage lockers to large self-storage units that have drive through and outdoor access. We also offer RV and boat storage, storage containers and warehousing for businesses. Contact us for more information and to book your space.

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