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What Will Fit in a Self Storage Unit?

Are you asking yourself “What will fit in a self storage unit”? Maybe you are wondering how big of a storage unit is needed to move your apartment or house? The below article explains what size moving van and storage unit is needed based on the size of your house, garage or what you need store in a mini-storage unit. If you have questions about self-storage unit sizes in Cleveland TN, give us a call 423.614.0069.

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Small Storage Unit 4 Ft x 9 Ft (36 sq. ft)

4x9 Storage Unit
Image of a 4×9 self storage unit.

What it will Store:

1 Small Room – A small room or several boxes, mattresses, dressers, and tables.

This is a great size storage unit for the college student who just needs to storage a few items over summer break and doesn’t want to move everything back home. It is our most affordable mini-storage unit.

Quick Tip:

Rather than using cardboard boxes, consider purchasing inexpensive clear plastic totes with lids. These totes seal your contents, lessening the risk of mildew and mold. Clear totes also allow you to see inside the contents when they are in storage, making it easier to find items.

Moving Vehicle Size Needed:

Pickup Truck or 5′ x 10′ Trailer.

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Medium Storage Unit – 10 Ft x 10 Ft (100 sq. ft)

Image of 10x10 self storage unit.
Image of 10×10 self storage unit.

What it will Store:

2 Rooms – Contents of an entire family room or two full bedrooms.  

This is a popular entry level self-storage unit. Do you have a couch, refrigerator, tools, book shelves, boxes that are needing to be stored? This unit allows you room to comfortable store these units and move them around within the unit so that you can get to items later on.

Quick Tip:

Refrigerators and washing machines should be fully drained and aired out prior to placing in self storage. If water or moisture is in the appliance it will cause mold and mildew in the unit. Non-climate storage units are dark and temperatures/humidity levels inside the units are the same as outside climate. To prevent mold it is important to not place damp or wet items in a self storage unit.

Moving Vehicle Size Needed:

15′ Moving Truck

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Large Storage Unit – 10 Ft x 15 Ft (150 sq. ft)

Image of 10×15 Self Storage Unit.

What it will Store:
4 – 5 Rooms – Contents of up to three bedrooms in this unit. Recommended for larger items such as couches, tables, or large-screen TVs.    

This is a large self-storage unit and can fit items from about three bedrooms. This unit will provide an additional 50 square feet of storage space above a 10’x10′ storage unit. If you are unsure whether your items will fit in a smaller unit, we recommend getting a slightly larger unit. Larger units have a lower price per square foot and allows renters to not stress about household goods fitting into a unit.

Quick Tip:

If you stack items tall and turn couches and mattresses vertical it allows usage of vertical space freeing up additional space to store items. this a cheaper and more affordable option.

Moving Vehicle Size Needed:

20′ Moving Truck

Where We Rent This Size Self Storage Unit:


Huge Storage Unit – 10 Ft x 20 Ft (200 sq. ft)

10x20 self storage unit
Image of a 10’x20′ storage unit

What it will Store
6 – 7 Rooms – Contents of a four-bedroom house, including a refrigerator, washer/dryer, dining room table, chairs and large boxes.    

This is a very large self-storage unit and can fit items from about 7 bedrooms. This unit will provide at total of 200 square feet of space. If you are unsure whether your items will fit in a smaller unit, we recommend getting a slightly larger unit. Larger units have a lower price per square foot and allows renters to not stress about household goods fitting into a unit.

Quick Tip:

Most storage units are 8 ft tall inside. Be sure and take advantage of vertical space. Be sure to label all boxes and pack items in the storage unit in a way that will allow you to access contents in the back without having to remove all other contents to reach exterior contents. Also consider which items you will need to access most often. Place these items in the front of the storage unit and items you are least likely to need in the rear of the unit.

Moving Vehicle Size Needed:

25′ Moving Truck

Where We Rent This Size Self Storage Unit:


Below is a summary chart of storage sizes, what fits in the storage unit, and what size moving vehicle is needed.  If you have additional questions about renting self storage, check out The Ultimate Guide to Renting Self Storage.


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