How do I determine the size of my storage unit?

Published on 4/18/2022

Whether your need for a storage unit is temporary or not, you’ll need to pick the one with the right size. If it's too small, it can lead to wasted time looking for your stuff, damaged items and worst of all, having to move everything to a bigger unit at some point– double work. On the other hand, if you pick one bigger you need, you spend more money than necessary. Here are some tips to help make the right choice:

1- Make an inventory list of your belongings, be specific, put the boxes together and list it, how many small boxes, big boxes, the size of the furniture etc… 

2- Double-check your home to make sure you don’t have anything else at home that should also be kept in the storage unit. Minimizing unit changes can be a time and money saver. 

3- Calculate your space needs (any standard tape measure will work)

  • square feet (sq. ft.) Multiply the length and width of your belongings (Your inventory list from step one should help here). For example, if all your items stacked together form a  pile that’s 5 x 5, you’d need a unit with a minimum of 25 square feet.
  • Cubic feet (cu. ft.) Multiply the length, width and height of your belongings. If they make a pile that measures 5 feet wide x 5 feet long x 5 feet tall you’d need a storage unit with at least 125 cubic feet. 


4- Pear Self Storage offers units in several convenient sizes:

5 x 10 - This is comparable to a walk- in closet and can handle the contents of a typical studio apartment or dorm. These units are great for seasonal decorations or one room of furniture

5 x 15 -  This is large enough for the contents of a one bedroom apartment or a small two bedroom apartment. 

10 x 10 - This is can comfortably fit the contents of a 2 bedroom apartment including bedroom furniture and appliances. 

10 x 20 - This is large enough to store several boxes or containers or large items such as king beds, large appliances, couches, tables, dining room sets, outdoor furniture, office furniture.