Just How Big is that Storage Unit?

Posted on May 9 2014 - 9:30am by Brent Hardy

Should you go with the 5′ x 5′ unit or the 5′ x 10′? If you’re in the throes of renting a storage unit, you know that this choice isn’t as easy as it appears. You want to choose a unit that fits your needs – no more or less – but it’s hard to differentiate the size difference just by numbers on a page. Here’s a new look at the sizes of the storage units we offer to help you get a better idea:


5′ x 5′ Unit = Small Closet

Small Closet













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The 5′ x 5′ unit is the smallest we offer and it’s just about the size of an average closet or half bathroom. This unit will hold small furniture, a few storage boxes and other small items.


5′ x 10′ Unit = Walk-in Closet

Walk-in Closet













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The 5′ x 10′ unit is just like every fashion-lover’s dream: a walk-in closet. It will hold a chest of drawers or dresser, mattress set, storage boxes and other small items, such as outdoor furniture, garden tools and more.


10′ x 10′ Unit = Half of a One-Car Garage

Half of a One-Car Garage











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Take a look at your garage and split it in half. That’s roughly the size of a 10′ x 10′ unit.  This unit will hold the contents of a family room or two bedrooms, with room for appliances, storage boxes and more.


10′ x 15′ Unit = Average Bedroom

Average Bedroom










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Most bedrooms are about ten by fifteen feet. Look at your own bedroom and imagine all that you could fit in there if packed tightly. This unit will typically hold the contents of a three-bedroom house, including bedrooms sets, appliances, couches, tables, other large items, and storage boxes.


10′ x 20′ Unit = One-Car Garage

One-Car Garage










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Think you need even more space? Look at your garage again, but don’t split it in half. Our 10′ x 20′ units are about the same size as a one-car garage. These typically hold the contents of a five-bedroom house, including couches, large living room set, dressers, tables and chairs, and storage boxes.


10′ x 30′ Unit = Studio Apartment

Studio Apartment










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Our largest unit is about the size of a studio apartment or a two-car garage. It will hold furniture from a five-to-seven-bedroom house, including all large furniture items, washer and dryer, storage boxes, and any extra household items.


Picking the best storage unit size for your needs doesn’t have to be a brain teaser. With a little extra visualization, you can make the perfect choice.


Brent Hardy

About Brent Hardy

VP Facilities Management
Extra Space Storage

Brent Hardy has been with Extra Space Storage since 2001. He currently oversees all corporate construction & facilities management activities for Extra Space Storage. Brent has been the driving force for corporate responsibility with energy management and sustainability programs. His successful management in these areas has directly contributed to the growth of Extra Space Storage. Brent’s green initiatives have included solar power, implementing energy efficient lighting systems and daylight harvesting on a corporate scale for over 800 properties. He enjoys fishing, water skiing, avoiding airplanes and spending time with his wife and four daughters. Brent began his career in self-storage after spending several years with various firms in construction and operations management both in Salt Lake and New York City.

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