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How Do You Calculate How Much Self-Storage Space You’ll Need?

Here at Storage ‘R’ Us, we hear from a lot of folks who are using self-storage for the first time, so we get asked a lot of questions. One of the most common questions that we get is, “How do I figure out how much storage space I’ll need?”

Maybe you’re moving to a new town or just a new house, maybe you’re relocating with the military, or maybe your kids have just left the nest and you’re finally going to convert that extra bedroom into a den, a sewing room, an office, or whatever you’ve always planned. Whatever it is that brings you to self-storage, the fact remains that you need some way to figure out how much space the stuff you plan to store is going to take up, and that can be confusing. That’s why you’ll find so many self-storage calculators on the web. Unfortunately, a lot of the self-storage calculators out there can be clunky, confusing, or intimidating to use. If you’re already feeling overwhelmed, the last thing you need is a self-storage calculator making it worse! That’s why Storage ‘R’ Us came up with our own self-storage calculator that’s quick and easy to use, so you can get an idea of how much space you’ll need without a lot of hassle.

We’ve tried to make our self-storage calculator as easy and intuitive as possible. The first thing you’ll do is simply select from a list of broad categories of the types of items you might be storing, such as nursery, dorm, living room, audio/visual, etc. Don’t worry if you’re storing a bunch of very different stuff; you can pick as many categories as you like!

Then, for each category that you picked, the self-storage calculator will give you a list of common items in that category. Look through the list, and fill in how many of each item that you want to store. If you don’t have any of a particular item to store, just leave it blank. As you go, the self-storage calculator will tally up a rough approximation of how many square feet you’ll need for the items in each category. Once you’ve gone through all the categories you’ve selected, the self-storage calculator will display an estimate of the total square feet you’ll need, and a suggestion of what size storage unit will be best for you.

Sounds pretty easy, right? Well, that’s the plan! With our new self-storage calculator, we’ve taken a lot of the guesswork out of choosing the right storage unit. Of course, while we like to think that our self-storage calculator is pretty accurate, no calculator is ever going to be able to get an exact figure for how much storage space you’ll need. Storage needs vary from person to person, and depend on things like how well you pack your belongings, and how accessible you want them to be. So if you’ve got questions after using our self-storage calculator, don’t hesitate to ask one of our friendly self-storage managers. They’re always happy to help!