Use this chart to estimate the volume of your goods. Then match the number of cubic feet you need with the right size storage space.
|Cubic Feet Per Piece||Number of Pieces||Total Cubic Feet
|Card table, clothes basket||1||
|Table lamps, ironing board, |
footstool, golf bag, clubs
|Floor lamp, clothes hamper, |
high chair, portable sewing machine, vacuum cleaner, lawn chair, heater, tool chest
|Table, chair, coffee, end or night tables, toy chest, tricycle||4||
|Barbecue, lawn mower, picnic bench, step ladder, foot locker, wagon||5||
|Playpen, wheelbarrow, bicycle||6||
|Rugs or pads, portable TV, crib, garden hose and tools, filing cabinet||8||
|Breakfast table, cedar chest, chaise lounge||10||
|Bookcase, rocking chair. Console TV||12||
|Occasion chair, corner cabinet||13||
|Recliner chair, china cabinet, desk, bureau, dresser, washing machine, picnic table, sewing set||20||
|Buffet, double dresser, range||25||
|Buffet w/hutch top, couch, sofa, single bed||30||
|Wardrobe closet (Armoire)||36||
|Double bed, freezer||45||
Estimating the size of a storage space needed: Size may vary due to wall thickness and height. Most units are 10 feet in height. To arrive at the number of cubic feet in a storage space, follow the example.
Approximate size = Square feet x Height = Cubic feet
5 x 10 = 50 x 10 = 500
Quick rule of thumb to determine size of space needed:
|Personal items only, i.e.|
skis, boxes, clothes
|1-2 Bedroom apartment||5x10
|2 Bedroom dwelling||10x10
|3 Bedroom dwelling||10x15 to 10x20
|5-7 Room house||10x20 to 10x30
FIRE • WINDSTORM • ROOF LEAK
BURGLARY • VANDALISM
All can happen at homes and apartments. It can happen here too.
Insure your belongings while in storage. Ask the manager about self storage insurance at reasonable rates.
If it’s worth storing, it’s worth protecting.
A BOX FOR EVERYTHING AND EVERYTHING IN A BOX.
That’s the best protection for your goods. Use uniform sizes of boxes and stack them shoulder high to maximize your total storage space.
Pack stereos, cameras and other high value items in unmarked boxes toward the rear of the storage space.
Prepare your storage space by placing a plastic sheet or a pallet on the floor under your goods.
Leave an air space around the unit’s perimeter to aid in the ventilation.
Place frequently used items near the door and leave a walkway to the rear of the space.
Cover all your stored possessions with a light plastic sheet. In humid areas, allow for ventilation.
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Wedge appliance doors open. Freezer, refrigerator, washer and dryer cartons are excellent for packing bedding, towels, and clothing. Always clean your stove before storing.
Pack books flat to protect their spines. Do not place boxes directly on floor. Books are heavy in bunches, pack in smaller cartons for easy lifting. Line all book cartons with plastic. (Garbage bags make good liners.)
Store mirrors, windows and screens on edge, not flat. Crate them in mirror pack if possible or package them individually with strong cardboard. Mark them so they won’t accidentally be bumped.
Take time when packing dishes and glasses. Place a layer of packing inside bottom and top of cartons. Plates and glasses should be wrapped individually. It’s best to stack plates on edge.
Wipe the surface of bicycles, tools and other metal items with a slightly oily rag to prevent rusting.
Save holiday decoration cartons which contained delicate ornaments. Pad the ornaments with packing paper or newspaper.
Protect furniture and mattresses with specially designed plastic covers. Place a pallet, cardboard mat or plastic sheet on the floor and stands sofas and mattresses on end.
Store records on edge. They are quite heavy, so be sure you don’t pack too many in one box.