If you are looking to rent a storage unit, you are probably wondering what the right size unit is for you, which translates into one of our most commonly received questions “How much can a 10×10 storage unit hold”? We are always happy to help guide our customers to the right storage solution for their personal needs.
As a starting point, taking an inventory of what you need to store will help you make conclusive decisions when understanding the storage capacity of units of varying sizes. A 10×10 storage unit is a substantial size and can hold a fair amount of boxes, furniture and other items. There are also advantages to its configuration, being equal distance on all sides. Depending on what you are looking to store, this unit may be a great option for you. If it isn’t the right size, we can help to find an alternate unit to better meet your needs.
How big is a 10×10 storage unit?
To be exact, a 10×10 storage unit is 10 feet wide by 10 feet long – a perfect square. This unit also classifies as a medium sized unit. A 10 by 10 storage unit totals 100 square feet of space. To visualize, a 10×10 storage unit is comparable in space to half of a single car garage or an average sized bedroom.
How many boxes can fit in a 10×10 storage unit?
The dimensions of the boxes you are looking to store will greatly impact the number you will be able to house within your 10×10 storage unit. Purely based on the square footage of the unit, and average sized boxes with dimensions of 20 inches by 20 inches, you could stack about 144 boxes. Though you can stack boxes vertically to maximize available space, you will also want to ensure that you have space to move around and access your items. Planning to leave some room as opposed to maxing out your space will make managing your unit much easier.
In most cases, our clients pack more than just boxes in their storage units. When considering space available, make sure to take into account all of the items you plan to store in your unit.
What does a 10×10 storage unit look like?
A 10×10 storage unit can be compared to an average sized room or approximately half of a single garage. With even dimensions across all sides, 10×10 storage units are great for holding furniture when completing home renovations, or when a student is moving home and looking to store the contents of a small apartment. A 10×10 storage unit is a versatile size and a great option for many customers.
Customers also have the ability to be creative with their space to maximize organization. Solutions such as shelving, storage racks and your own furniture will help to improve accessibility within the unit. Generally speaking, our units come completely bare to allow for full flexibility in storing your items.
How do you pack a 10×10 storage unit?
If you have a lot of items to store, it’s definitely a good idea to go in with a plan. As a starting point, move all of your heaviest and largest items in first. This will help to establish a stable foundation.
Next, you can begin bringing in some of your smaller, lighter items. You want to ensure none of your valuables get broken while moving them into your unit, so stacking vertically with the lightest items on top is recommended.
If you are storing any mattresses or box springs, leaning these up right against the wall will be the least obtrusive solution. Again, you always want to allow for walking space between items.
In many cases, customers find shelving units or racks helpful for stacking items that may not be best suited for stacking. Regardless of the method you choose, never forget to label your boxes. This will save you time and energy in trying to locate stored items down the line.
What can I fit in a 10×10 storage unit?
A planned packing strategy will not only help you maximize the space in your unit but also minimize the headache involved in setting it up. A well set up 10×10 storage unit can comfortably fit two mattresses and box springs, bedroom furniture, boxes, closet contents, sports equipment, large appliances and more.
Realistically, as long as the items are deemed safe, a storage unit can be used to store whatever you need. Whether you have instruments or family heirlooms you are not willing to part with, or you’re in transition between housing, you can make the space work for you. A storage unit is like a game of Tetris – its about storing things evenly without any gaps while also considering accessibility.
If you have specific questions about items you are hoping to store and wondering if they would be well suited for a 10×10 storage unit, contact our team of experts. We can help advise on what would work best for your needs.
Can I store the contents of two bedrooms in a 10×10 storage unit?
The contents of 2 bedrooms can be comfortably stored in a 10×10 storage unit if packed well. There is easily enough room for two king sized mattresses and their box springs, bed frames, as well as several other pieces of bedroom furniture.
Like we mentioned previously, vertical packing and organization will help to maximize the contents you can fit inside your unit. A 10×10 storage unit is quite spacious, and for customers looking specifically to house the contents of two bedrooms, we’d definitely recommend a unit of this size.
Can a car fit in a 10×10 storage unit?
A 10×10 storage unit is not the ideal size for storing a car. Beyond accessibility and environmental factors to consider when storing vehicles, the space within a 10×10 storage unit would make it difficult to move around even a compact car.
If you have vehicle storage needs, we have a dedicated on site facility to assist. Let us know the size of the vehicle you are looking to store and we can help with suggestions and pricing.
What size moving truck do I need for a 10×10 storage unit?
The size of the moving truck you will need will largely depend on the contents you are looking to move into the unit. Keep in mind, when packing a moving truck, you will want to consider room for moving around and accessing your items. When you are packing the moving truck, you are looking to achieve a tightly packed load to ensure items don’t move around too much while in motion.
If you estimate no more than a 15 foot moving truck full of items to store, you should be in good shape loading that comfortably into a 10×10 storage unit.
What’s not allowed in a 10×10 storage unit?
There are some items that should never be contained in a storage unit. The most important thing to consider when making a decision of whether to store something is whether the item is living, has an expiry date or can be hazardous to you or others. Common items that should be omitted from storage facilities include flammable or combustible materials such as gasoline tanks, lighter fluid and other chemicals. Additionally, any plants, food or biodegradable items that may begin to break down or decay should never be kept within a storage unit.
For a complete list of items that cannot be safely stored within your storage facility, it is best to check with the facility staff. Common exclusions include taxidermy, vehicles, and firearms. If you have any more specific questions related to items you are considering storing, give us a call today and we can help guide you on the safest way to store.
If you are looking for a storage unit that can comfortably house the contents of two bedrooms or a small apartment, a 10×10 storage unit is a great choice. A 10×10 storage unit is an average sized unit and its square shape makes for easy organization and planning.
Like with all units, you want to ensure you label your items and pack vertically to make retrieval of items as easy as possible. We also have a dedicated vehicle storage facility if you need to store a motorized vehicle.
At Vault Self Storage, we are well versed in the size capacity of our various storage units and we are always happy to assist our customers in finding the right solution for their storage needs. Contact us Today!