Self storage is an increasingly popular service throughout the country – about 38% of Americans declare that they have used self storage or plan to rent a unit in the future. From moving or downsizing to simply not having enough space at home for all your belongings to renting for business purposes, self storage is a versatile and affordable service that helps you safely store items you don’t use on a daily basis.

There are two major types of self storage: climate-controlled self storage, where the facility regulates the temperature and humidity, and non-climate-controlled self storage. Whereas many items require a specific temperature to stay in pristine condition, other items don’t, and that’s when you can simply resort to non-climate-controlled storage.

What is non-climate-controlled self storage?

Non-climate-controlled self storage is the most popular, widely available and affordable type of self storage. As its name implies, we are talking about storage units without climate-control features. In other words, the temperature inside the storage unit will likely be the same as the temperature outside. This makes non-climate-controlled storage units less suitable for the long-term storage of some categories of belongings, such as collectibles, antiques, artwork and other delicate and expensive possessions. However, you can safely store many other types of items — from clothing and furniture to tools and sports equipment.

Why use non-climate-controlled self storage?

Non-climate-controlled self storage is widely available. You won’t have any issues finding such a unit in most cities and towns in the country. Also, non-climate-controlled self storage is the most affordable type of storage: the national average rate for a 10’x10’ non-climate-controlled unit hovers around $130 per month, while a climate-controlled unit of the same size costs almost $150 per month.

Depending on where you live, the costs for non-climate-controlled self storage can be higher or lower than the national average. But generally, this type of unit is less expensive than the climate-controlled ones — unsurprisingly, since it involves lower expenses for the storage facilities.

For example, a non-climate-controlled 10’x10’ self storage unit in Dallas rents for $113 per month, while a climate-controlled one costs almost $20 more per month. A non-climate-controlled 10’x10’ self storage unit in Philadelphia, at $121 per month, is more expensive compared to Dallas. However, the local price difference between non-climate-controlled and climate-controlled units is almost the same — around $20 more per month. In other cities, the price difference between the two self storage options might differ up or down. But virtually everywhere, non-climate-controlled self storage is less expensive.

Check out the average rates for non-climate-controlled self storage in the county’s top 100 biggest cities:

Non-Climate-Controlled Self Storage Rates in Top 100 Cities by Population

RankCity, StateStreet rate
1New York, NY
2Los Angeles, CA$260
3Chicago, IL$137
4Houston, TX$95
5Phoenix, AZ$140
6Philadelphia, PA$121
7San Antonio, TX$111
8San Diego, CA$184
9Dallas, TX$113
10San Jose, CA$175
11Austin, TX$118
12Jacksonville, FL$108
13Fort Worth, TX$96
14Columbus, OH$95
15Indianapolis, IN$85
16Charlotte, NC$101
17San Francisco, CA$264
18Seattle, WA$195
19Denver, CO$135
20Oklahoma City, OK$78
21Nashville, TN$122
22El Paso, TX$98
23Washington, DC$157
24Boston, MA$230
25Las Vegas, NV$123
26Portland, OR$139
27Detroit, MI$170
28Louisville, KY$91
29Memphis, TN$85
30Baltimore, MD$119
31Milwaukee, WI$96
32Albuquerque, NM$104
33Fresno, CA$118
34Tucson, AZ$111
35Sacramento, CA$146
36Mesa, AZ$107
37Kansas City, MO$111
38Atlanta, GA$138
39Omaha, NE$86
40Colorado Springs, CO$108
41Raleigh, NC$94
42Virginia Beach, VA$110
43Long Beach, CA$191
44Miami, FL$166
45Oakland, CA$199
46Minneapolis, MN$110
47Tulsa, OK$84
48Bakersfield, CA$90
49Wichita, KS$86
50Arlington, TX$95
51Aurora, CO$115
52Tampa, FL$119
53New Orleans, LA$122
54Cleveland, OH$113
55Anaheim, CA$185
56Honolulu, HI$285
57Henderson, NV$124
58Stockton, CA$122
59Lexington, KY$113
60Corpus Christi, TX$99
61Riverside, CA$137
62Santa Ana, CA$179
63Orlando, FL$109
64Irvine, CA$158
65Cincinnati, OH$98
66Newark, NJ$149
67St. Paul, MN$156
68Pittsburgh, PA$113
69Greensboro, NC$93
70St. Louis, MO$100
71Lincoln, NE$101
72Anchorage, AK$194
73Plano, TX$100
74Durham, NC$100
75Jersey City, NJ$221
76Chandler, AZ$122
77Chula Vista, CA$181
78Buffalo, NY$133
79North Las Vegas, NV$114
80Gilbert, AZ$114
81Madison, WI$111
82Reno, NV$120
83Toledo, OH$97
84Fort Wayne, IN$97
85Lubbock, TX$84
86St. Petersburg, FL$142
87Irving, TX$96
88Chesapeake, VA$100
89Winston-Salem, NC$111
90Glendale, AZ$111
91Enterprise, NV$166
92Scottsdale, AZ$162
93Garland, TX$95
94Boise, ID$115
95Norfolk, VA$99
96Arlington, VA$240
97Spokane, WA$117
98Fremont, CA$181
99Richmond, VA$110
100Baton Rouge, LA$96
Source: Yardi Matrix self storage rents data, September 2023

What can you store in a non-climate-controlled self storage unit?

You can store a wide variety of belongings in this type of unit – basically, everything that is not particularly fragile and doesn’t require special storage conditions. Here are the main categories of items you can safely store in a non-climate-controlled unit:

  • Furniture

Regular furniture, including mattresses, does well in a non-climate-controlled storage unit. The only caveat is in regard to antique pieces, which are delicate, more precious and generally require climate-controlled units, particularly for long-term storage. Apart from that, you can definitely store your furniture in a non-CC unit. Just make sure it’s well-ventilated: raise the furniture on pallets and leave space between the unit’s walls and the furniture — and between individual furniture pieces — to avoid issues with mold and mildew.

  • Appliances

Most appliances don’t require a special environment while in storage, so you can keep them in a non-climate-controlled unit. It’s important, though, that you clean and prepare appliances properly before moving them into a storage unit.

  • Clothing

Whether you’re storing your out-of-season clothing or holding onto baby and child items for the future, you can put them in a non-climate-controlled unit. It’s important, though, that all the pieces are clean and dry and that you pack them in sturdy, lidded boxes or in vacuum bags.

  • Outdoor furniture and other backyard items

Instead of leaving your outdoor furniture and other backyard items like playhouses, trampolines, decorations and pots outside during the winter, it’s better to put them in self storage – and a non-climate-controlled unit will do. The unit will still protect the items from snow and rain, and you’ll be able to enjoy them for years to come.

  • Various tools

From power tools to gardening tools, lawnmowers, snow blowers and so on, you can keep all that in a non-climate-controlled self storage unit, seeing as you use them mostly seasonally or during home improvement projects and such. This way, you can declutter your garage so you can use it comfortably for its main purpose of parking your car.

  • Cars and other vehicles

You might own a second car that you don’t use regularly or other vehicles like ATVs, snowmobiles, bikes or even small boats. You can keep such possessions safe in a non-climate-controlled self storage unit during periods when you don’t use them.

Non-climate-controlled self storage is a reliable, affordable and widely available type of self storage that can help you keep most of your belongings safe for both the short and long term.


Maria Gatea is a real estate and lifestyle editor for Yardi with a background in Journalism and Communication. After covering business and finance-related topics as a freelance writer for 15 years, she is now focusing on researching and writing about the real estate industry. You may contact Maria via email.

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