Want to work out how much storage space you need?
If so, you’ve come to the right place. Working out how much storage capacity you need can be daunting, but it’s much simpler than you think. The hardest part is figuring out the total square footage of your belongings.
Steps to calculate the storage unit size you need
Knowing how many square feet you need will help you book the right unit. If you’re not sure how to work it out, don’t panic. Treat this guide as your storage size calculator.
Create an inventory
The first step is simple: decide what you want to put into storage and create an inventory. How many boxes do you need to store? Which items of furniture are going into storage?
Write a list of items for each room. Here’s an example for a bedroom:
- 2 large boxes
- 5 medium boxes
- 1 double bed and mattress
- 4 picture frames
- 1 small bookshelf
- 1 medium dresser
Check your home storage space
Once you’ve created an inventory of your home (or commercial space), check to see if you’ve exhausted all your existing storage space.
A medium storage unit comes in at around £300 per year through Storage X. Although this is much cheaper than most storage units in London, it’s still an expense you don’t want to incur unnecessarily, and it’s always good to save money!
Storage space calculator
Next is a biggy: estimating how much space you need by measuring your belongings. You’ll need to know your measurements in square feet or cubic feet. How you choose to measure your things is up to you. You could put them in a neatly stacked pile, count them as a whole, or measure each individually and add them.
How to calculate storage capacity formula
Option 1: Square feet
Measure in square feet to find out how much floor space your belongings need.
First, measure the length of the item in linear feet. Remember: 12 inches equals 1 foot. For example, if something is 5 feet and 4 inches, you can write it like 5”4.
If you want to find out the size of your bedroom floor in square feet or the footprint of one of your belongings, multiply the length and the width.
If you want to determine the square footage of a wall or how much wall space an item will take up on a wall, measure the item’s height, then multiply the length and the height.
Length in linear feet x width (or height) in linear feet = square feet
Option 2: Cubic feet
Measure in cubic feet to find out the volume of your belongings – i.e. how much room they will take up in the storage unit. To do this, measure the length, width, and height, then multiply them all together.
If, for instance, a storage unit is 2 feet long x 5 feet wide x 10 feet tall, it’s the equivalent of 100 cubic feet. Measure the cubic footage of the items you need to store to work out if this is large enough or if you need a bigger storage unit.
Length in linear feet x height in linear feet x width in linear feet = cubic feet
Pick your storage unit size
Once you’ve worked out your measurements, it’s time to choose a storage unit. At Storage X, we offer three unit sizes: small, medium and large.
Our small storage units are 17.5 square feet, making them perfect for people who need to store a few personal items. Our medium storage unit comes in at 35 square feet, which could fit the contents of a studio or one-bedroom flat.
At 70 square feet, our large storage units are designed for one to two-bedroom properties.
Book your storage unit
Storage X specialises in affordable, secure storage units. Whether you need to store a few items for a week or lots of your belongings for a few months, we’ve got your back.
Call us or fill out our form, and we’ll provide you with a quick quote.