5'x5' Storage Units
How big is a 5'x5' storage unit?
A 5'x5' storage unit is roughly as big as a regular home closet. As self storage units are generally 8' tall, it means that most 5'x5' self storage units have about 200 cubic feet of total space. These units are very popular with hobbyists, people who perhaps want to store fishing gear or sports equipment that is only used in certain seasons. 5'x5' storage units are also recommended for keeping collectibles such as stamps, vinyl records, toys, old books, and so on. Such spaces can also be used as a closet, for hanging clothes that have seasonal usage.
What fits in a 5'x5' storage unit?
These units are big enough for some boxes and files, or perhaps a few chairs and a small desk, or some sports equipment. Gardening and home maintenance tools that you use only seasonally could also be kept here. Assuming that the unit has a height of 8', a small bed can actually fit in here too, stood upright.
Can a 5'x5' storage unit hold a king-size mattress?
A 5'x5' storage unit can't hold queen- and king-size mattresses. Both queen- and king-size mattresses are at least five feet wide and over six feet tall, so the only way you could squeeze them into a 5'x5' storage unit would be upright — but it's not recommended to keep a mattress in such a position as this damages it.
How do you organize a 5'x5' storage unit?
Start by covering the unit's floor with a tarp or use wooden pallets to keep your belongings off the floor. Arrange the bigger and heavier items — boxes with books, pieces of furniture — first, then stack lighter, smaller things on top of them. Make sure you never stack fragile items like electronics, vinyl records, old books, and so on.
If you're storing a mattress, don't put heavy items on top of it, as this will bend it out of shape. Put all the small items in sturdy, lidded boxes, preferably made of transparent plastic, so that you can easily see what's inside. Also, you should leave a bit of free space in the middle of the unit so that you can step inside the space and access your stored belongings without having to move everything around.
Can a bed fit in a 5'x5' storage unit?
A 5'x5' storage unit can hold a twin, large twin or ‘full’ bed, if you arrange it vertically. Also, it could hold larger beds, like queen- and king-size beds, if you can disassemble them and store the parts upright. However, it's not a good idea to store the disassembled bed frame upright long-term, as the individual parts might warp.
How much does a 5'x5' storage unit cost?
The average monthly street rate, nationally, for a regular 5'x5' storage unit would be around $56, according to Yardi Matrix data. However, prices may vary greatly depending on location and local market conditions. Also, if you are planning to rent a climate-controlled self storage unit, you should know that the monthly rate is generally a bit higher.
A 5'x5' storage unit is a great option for people who have just a small number of belongings to store: boxes with books, clothing, sporting equipment, seasonal decorations, collectibles, and so on. Before renting such a unit, make sure that the items you are planning to store fit inside the space. You don't want to end up cramming too much stuff inside a unit, making it impossible to reach a certain item without taking everything out. Also, remember that not everything is stackable: you can certainly stack boxes containing books, but you shouldn't do the same with fragile belongings, including collectibles or electronics. Plan accordingly, based on the volume and the type of belongings to store.