Sizing Up Your Storage Needs

Please store cardboard boxes off the floor (wood pallets work well).

Approx. Unit size

How much will fit

About the size of a..

5' x 5'


1.5m x 1.5m
Small furniture, boxes, garage tools, washer, dryer or other small items.Small half bathroom

5' x 10'


1.5m x 3m
A couch, chair, dresser, mattress set, boxes, and small items.Walk-in closet

5' x 12'


1.5m x 3.6m
Similar to the 5 x 10
A couch, chair, dresser, mattress set, boxes, and small items.
Walk-in closet

9' x 10'


2.7m x 3m
One bedroom apartment with appliances , boxes and small items.Mid-sized bedroom

10' x 10'


3m x 3m
One bedroom apartment with appliances , boxes and small items. Motorbike or ATV.Average-sized bedroom

10' x 12'


3m x 3.6m
One bedroom apartment with appliances , boxes and small items. Units vary with some having 8' doors wide while others have 10'.Average-sized bedroom

10' x 15'


3m x 4.5m
Furnishings from a two bedroom apartment or small house without appliances, plus cartons and small items.  Sleds.Large bedroom

10' x 20'


3m x 6m
Furnishings from a three bedroom home with appliances or a car or truck.Small one car garage

10' x 25'


3m x 7.5m
Furnishings from a three bedroom home with appliances or a car, truck or boat, or other recreational equipmentStandard one car garage

12' x 20'


3.6m x 6.1m
Similar to the 10' x 25' but with a 10' wide door.
Furnishings from a three bedroom home with appliances or a car, truck or boat, or other recreational equipment
Standard one car garage

12' x 25'


3.6m x 7.6m
Furnishings from a three-four bedroom home with appliances or a car, truck or boat storage, or other recreational equipment. Each unit has 9' high doors.Standard garage

12' x 30'


3.6m x 9.1m
Furnishings from a four or five bedroom home with appliances, basement and garage items or space for vehicles, skidoos, atv's, or motorbikes on or off trailers.Long one car garage with 10' wide door.

12' x 35'


3.6m x 10.5m
Furnishings from a four or five bedroom home with appliances, basement and garage items or space for vehicles, skidoos, atv's, or motorbikes on or off trailers.Extra long one car garage
*has wider door
General Storage Tips
  • LABEL & NUMBER BOXES ON ALL FOUR SIDES.
  • USE COLORED STICKERS TO IDENTIFY DIFFERENT ROOMS.
  • KEEP AN INVENTORY OF THE CONTENTS.
  • ALWAYS USE NON PRINTED NEWSPRINT (INEXPENSIVE AND WON’T STAIN)
  • USE BUBBLE WRAP, PLAIN NEWSPRINT OR STYROFOAM CHIPS TO PROTECT BREAKABLES .
  • USE ‘FRAGILE’ LABELS WHERE NEEDED.
  • USE ZIP LOCK BAGS TO KEEP KNOBS AND OTHER SMALL ITEMS TOGETHER.
  • REMEMBER TO LEAVE A WALKWAY IN YOUR STORAGE UNIT FOR EASY ACCESS!
Handy Tips
Appliances
  • DRAIN AND REMOVE ALL WATER FROM HOSES.
  • CLEAN AND DRY THOROUGHLY.
  • SECURE ALL MOVING PARTS.
  • STORE APPLIANCES WITH SEALING DOORS AJAR AND SECURED OPEN WITH PLASTIC TIES.
  • STORE LIGHTWEIGHT ITEMS, SUCH AS BLANKETS, IN FREEZERS.
Electronic Equipment
  • SEPARATE COMPONENTS.
  • WRAP IN ORIGINAL CARTON OR USE BUBBLE WRAP, PLAIN NEWSPRINT OR ANTI-STATIC BAGS AND PLACE IN CARDBOARD BOXES.
  • NOTE: DO NOT USE FOAM CHIPS AS THEY CONTAIN STATIC ELECTRICITY.
Books, Files, Records and other documents
  • PACK FLAT TO PROTECT SPINES.
  • ALTERNATE BOUND EDGES.
  • DO NOT PLACE DIRECTLY ON CONCRETE- USE A PALLET.
  • USE SMALLER BOXES TO PACK BOOKS.
Lawn and Garden
  • DISCONNECT BATTERIES.
  • TIE LOOSE ITEMS LIKE HOSES AND RAKES TOGETHER.
  • REMOVE ALL DEBRIS FROM MOWERS AND WEED EATERS.
Sports Equipment
  • USE LARGE BOXES OR SINGLE SIZED MATTRESS COVERS TO PROTECT SKIS OR OTHER SUCH EQUIPMENT FROM SCRATCHES.
  • WIPE METAL SURFACES WITH MINERAL OIL.
  • DRY ALL HOCKEY AND OTHER SPORTS EQUIPMENT WELL BEFORE STORING.
  • LARGE GARBAGE CANS WORK WELL TO STORE BATS, STICKS AND BALLS OF ALL KINDS.
Fabrics – Clothing, Curtains, Drapes and Linens
  • USE WARDROBE BOXES TO HANG OR FOLD AND STORE IN DRESSER DRAWERS.
Holiday Decorations
  • STORE IN ORIGINAL CARTONS OR PACK WITH PLAIN NEWSPRINT OR BUBBLE WRAP AND STORE IN
    CARDBOARD BOXES.
Mirrors, Windows and Screens
  • WRAP IN CARDBOARD OR CRATE AND STORE THEM ON EDGE.
Motorized items
  • USE OIL-PROTECTIVE PADS UNDER ALL MOTORS TO PROTECT THE FLOOR FROM ANY LEAKS OR SPILLS.
Dishes
Bowl and cups
  • WRAP INDIVIDUALLY AND PACK UPSIDE DOWN WITH THE HANDLES TURNED IN
    PLATES.
  • MAKE A 3-4” CUSHION ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX (BUBBLE WRAP OR CRUSHED PAPER
    WORKS WELL.
  • WRAP PLATES INDIVIDUALLY AND THEN WRAP IN BUNDLES OF FOUR WITH BUBBLE WRAP
  • STORE BUNDLES ON EDGE UNTIL THE BOX IS FULL.
  • USE BUBBLE WRAP OR CRUSHED PLAIN NEWSPRINT ON TOP TO CUSHION THE PLATES BEFORE CLOSING.
Plates
  • MAKE A 3-4” CUSHION ON THE BOTTOM OF THE BOX (BUBBLE WRAP OR CRUSHED PAPER WORKS WELL)
  • WRAP PLATES INDIVIDUALLY AND THEN WRAP IN BUNDLES OF FOUR WITH BUBBLE WRAP
  • STORE BUNDLES ON EDGE UNTIL THE BOX IS FULL
  • USE BUBBLE WRAP OR CRUSHED PLAIN NEWSPRINT ON TOP TO CUSHION THE PLATES BEFORE CLOSING
Fragile Dishes
  • WRAP INDIVIDUALLY AND STORE IN CELLED CARTON WHENEVER POSSIBLE.
  • CUSHION WELL WITH BUBBLE WRAP.
  • WRAP TINY, FRAGILE ITEMS IN COLORED TISSUE TO AVOID THROWING A VALUABLE TREASURE
    OUT WITH THE PACKING PAPER BY MISTAKE.
Flatware
  • STAINLESS STEEL DOES NOT REQUIRE ANY SPECIAL WRAP.
  • SILVERWARE SHOULD BE WRAPPED IN LOW-SULPHUR CONTENT PAPER OR IN CLEAR PLASTIC
    TO PREVENT SCRATCHING AND TARNISHING.
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