Choosing the Right Lock for Your Unit

A simple padlock in front of closed storage garages

When it comes to storing your belongings in a self-storage unit, you want to be sure that everything is safe and sound. At EZ Storage® in Philadelphia, we strive to provide you with that peace of mind by offering units in a well-lit, secure facility that has a fenced perimeter, computer-controlled gate, and individual door alarms. However, there’s something about the satisfaction of putting a lock on the unit door that helps you rest easy at night. It’s comforting to know that your things are behind a solid, locked door and you’re the only one who can access them.

It’s important to choose the right lock for your storage unit, and in this post, we’ll look at a number of options.


dreamstime_xxl_44980770The standard padlock can be a good choice, simply because it only requires a key to open, letting you access your storage unit quickly. There are pins inside the cylinder that are set to a specific position, and only the key that came with the lock can open it. However, these aren’t always the best choice for self-storage, as some models can be easily broken or picked. Our storage staff always keeps an eye on things, and our 24-hour surveillance will show if anyone is messing with your padlock, but you may want to go with a stronger and more reliable choice.

Keyless Locks

Some people choose keyless locks because they don’t want to worry about losing or misplacing a key. You might like the idea of having a unique code or number sequence that lets you lock and open your storage unit, but you also have to keep in mind that you may forget the code or sequence, or someone else may guess the combination. Standard combination locks, like the ones you see on school and gym lockers, are not good choices for self-storage units. If you want to use a keyless lock, our staff will gladly recommend the best choice.

Disc Locks

dreamstime_437444Disc locks are very common in the storage industry, and they were actually developed for self-storage units. The design of these locks, with their unique “U-shaped” hasp, can’t be cut or broken easily. Disc locks do require a key, and there are different sizes for different-size unit door latches. Our team members will help you find the disc lock that works for your needs.

Indoor and Outdoor Use

Once you’ve decided on a lock, it’s important to check that it’s rated for indoor or outdoor use (or both). At EZ Storage®, the majority of our units are indoors, and the lock you choose won’t be exposed to wind and weather. If you choose an outdoor unit, you’ll want to make sure your lock can withstand the elements, as moisture and temperature fluctuations can compromise the lock’s integrity. Stainless steel is often the best option for outdoor storage locks, and again, our staff will gladly help you find the best choice.

Changing Locks

If you were sharing a storage unit with someone, and you both had keys to the lock, make sure you let them know if you change the lock. If they no longer have stuff in the unit and you want to be sure they don’t access it and your belongings, it can be a good idea to switch out the locks. Only share keys and codes with people you trust, and who you’re okay with accessing your unit when you’re not with them. If you’re going to be out of town and a friend or relative is going to access your storage space, make sure they keep the key in a secure location and return it to you as soon as you get back.

When you need self-storage in Philadelphia, we’re here to help. Visit one of our metro-area locations today to learn more!