Making the Most of Your Self-Storage Unit Space

Man carrying a moving box in white room full of moving boxes.

Storage units are designed to provide you with the additional storage space that you need. From large items like mattresses and pianos to the endless tubs and cardboard boxes that we all seem to hoard in our homes, a storage unit is a fantastic way to clear up some space in your home. When looking at the various self-storage unit sizes, it can be tempting to go big or go home, there will always be more “stuff”, right?

The truth is, most people overestimate the amount of space that they’re going to need when renting out a self-storage unit. While some of these units may appear to be on the small side, they do offer quite a bit of room — you just need to know how to use it.

In today’s blog post, the team at EZ Storage® in Detroit is going to be going over a few of the ways that you can make the most of the space within your storage unit. Whether you’re just starting to move items in or you’re looking for ways to improve organization, these tips are definitely worth implementing.

Stack Items

Just about every self-storage unit has been designed to have a relatively tall ceiling that allows for items to be stacked. This isn’t the first way that most people think to optimize space within a storage unit, but it’s truly one of the easiest ways to fit the maximum amount of items within a unit.

When you’re planning to stack items in a storage unit, you do need to take into consideration the shape, weight, and overall sturdiness of the items. We suggest stacking boxes or tupperware that are the same size to provide a solid base so that you don’t have to worry about it tumbling over.

If you’re going to have a variety of items stored within your unit and only a small percentage of them will be able to provide you with the flat surface needed to stack, plan a layout in advance. By planning a layout, you can determine which part of the storage unit will be dedicated to items that stack so that you’re still able to accomodate all of the free-standing items you still have to bring in.

Get Creative With Your Items

There are so many things that we put into a storage unit, it doesn’t take long for this space to fill up. While there’s nothing wrong with choosing to keep all of your belongings in boxes, it can help if you start to get creative with your items and purpose them in a unique way. If, for example, you’re going to be storing furniture in your storage unit, using an old blanket or comforter to protect it from being scratched by other items in the unit. This is a way to double dip in terms of items that will inevitably be in the storage unit. The benefit to getting creative in this sense is that it does free up some additional space so that you’re able to store even more.

Consider Hanging Items

Boxes always feel like the go-to when moving items into a storage unit, but not everything is designed to fit perfectly into a box. In fact, there are many items that are better off hung than boxed up. Those comforters that we mentioned earlier, for example, are quite bulky. If you were to put them in a box, you wouldn’t be able to get much more in the box because of how fluffy and heavy comforters can be. When you’re boxing multiple blankets or comforters, you quickly build a stack and wind up taking a portion of your room for something that could have potentially saved room had it been hung. So, as you go about looking at the items you’re going to be storing in your unit, consider if boxing them really is the most space-conscious option.

Rent a Self-Storage Unit From EZ Storage® Today!

If you’re looking for a self-storage unit in Detroit, EZ Storage® is the place to go. Our staff strives to provide the very best customer service. Whether you have a question that will help you better understand which storage unit is the right fit for you, would like a quote on a particular storage unit size, or you’d like for us to get your storage unit ready for you, we’d be more than happy to help. Give us a call today and let our team take care of your storage needs.