What Fits in a 5 x 5 Storage Unit
Finding the best storage unit size for your needs is important. It ensures that your possessions are stowed safely and you can access them easily. You’ll have to choose a storage facility, decide if you need indoor or outdoor self-storage, and what size unit.
The first two decisions are pretty straightforward. However, it is tricky to determine what size storage unit you need if you’ve never used one. Storage units range from 5×5 all the way up to 10×30.
Most people opt to save money by selecting the smallest unit possible for their needs but it is better to choose based on size rather than cost to maximize the value of self storage. 5×5 storage units are ideal for a variety of storage needs. However, as they are the smallest unit, they are limited in what they can store.
Following this guide will help you select the right unit.
What Typically Fits In A 5×5 Storage Unit
5×5 storage units are an ideal option for extra home storage. Sentimental items, holiday decor, and seasonal equipment like garden tools are often stored in a 5×5 foot storage unit.
They are ideal for anyone needing a little extra space to declutter their homes. 5×5 self-storage units are also the right size for apartment dwellers, college students, and others with minimal personal storage needs.
In general, a 5×5 storage unit can hold items like:
● Twin or full-sized mattress
● Dining room chairs
● Small bookcases
● Sports equipment
● Children’s toys
● Small business inventory
Typically, a storage unit can hold 5 to 8 boxes of items depending on the dimensions of the boxes. Keep in mind that 5×5 units are mini storage. They are much like a larger hall closet. So you can fit quite a few things in them, but you have to be strategic.
What Won’t Fit In A 5×5 Storage Unit
Obviously, very large things like boats and cars will not fit in a 5×5 unit. However, there are some other things that one might think would fit but usually are too large. For these items, you will need to look at a larger storage space.
Here is what will not fit in a 5×5 storage unit:
● Most bicycles (unless you disassemble them)
● Motorcycles, jet skis, and small boats
● Dining tables
● Queen and king-sized mattresses
● Sofas and Loveseats
● Large appliances (fridge)
● Large cabinets and bookcases
For these items, you will need a larger unit. Check out some of the other self-storage size options to determine which size unit is best for your needs.
Determining The Size Of The Storage Unit You Need
If you’re not sure which sized unit will meet your needs, you can start by reading our guide to choosing storage unit sizes.
The first step to determine your storage needs is to start by making a list of everything you need to store. Then you will measure each of the items you are planning to put in storage.
Storage units are measured in volume. So it would be 5’ (width) x 5’ (depth) x 8’ (height) or 200 cu. ft. For each of your items, you will then measure the height, width, and depth.
From there you can calculate if your items will or will not fit. Keep in mind some strategies can help you save space in a 5×5 unit.
Strategic Packing Saves Space
You can get a lot of possessions in your storage unit if you are strategic.
Utilize the height
First, you want to make sure you are taking advantage of the height of the unit. Most storage units typically have 8-foot tall ceilings, the standard ceiling height. Stacking can help you take advantage of the vertical space. Review your items and think about what items could be stacked on top of one another.
A good idea to help you stack is to purchase some stackable totes. These will protect your items while they are stacked. Stack heavier items at the bottom and lighter at the top.
Another option is to put in some shelving that can take advantage of the vertical space. Shelves don’t just help you take advantage of the space. They keep your possessions organized and safe. Putting a shelving unit in your storage space is also a good idea for small businesses to manage their inventory or store documents.
Organization Optimizes Your Storage Space
One of the best ways to take advantage of your storage space is by getting organized.
Once you know what you are going to store, you should invest in some packing supplies that can keep you organized. We recommend clear tubs and storage boxes. They help you see what you have stored. You also want to label all your possessions to make them easy to find.
When placing items in your storage rental, think strategically. The items you are most likely to access should be at the front and top, where they are easy to access. Those that you are less likely to access should be packed at the back and bottom where they are not in the way of the items you most often access.
Staying organized will not only help you save space, but it will also make accessing your possessions easier.
How To Find Self-Storage To Fit Your Needs
5×5 storage units are the smallest storage unit available, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t full of your most important possessions.
Choosing the right self storage company will keep your possessions safe. Look for a self-storage company that offers secure storage. They typically have security features like a fenced property that is well-lit, has controlled gate access, door alarms, and security cameras. Another consideration is how long you need to store your items.
If you only need storage short term, look for a place that offers month-to-month rental options. This is also helpful if you need to upgrade your 5×5 storage unit to a larger storage solution.
When you are ready to rent a storage unit, contact EZ Storage. With three convenient self-storage locations, we provide secure, storage services for all your needs.