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Storage Size Guide — Frequently Asked Questions
  • How do I know what size I need?
    Once you finish packing, use tape to measure out a 5' x 5' space on the floor of your apartment or house. Then see if all of your things roughly fit within the taped area. Remember, most personal units have an 8 foot ceiling, so you can stack items as well.
  • How big is a 5' x 5' personal storage unit?
    A 5' x 5' personal unit is 5 feet wide and 5 feet long, totaling 25 square feet of space. Also, most personal units have an 8 foot ceiling, so you can pack to a space of 25 square feet plus 8 feet high, or 200 cubic feet.

    Remember, actual unit sizes vary. You should treat this as only a guideline for estimating how much space you need.
  • What can I fit in a 5' x 5' personal storage unit?
    A 5' x 5' personal unit can hold the contents of one small room or a large closet, such as chairs, small desks, small bookcases, suitcases and lamps. Many also use this size to store seasonal items like holiday decorations, sports equipment and clothing.
  • What are the features of a Public Storage property?
    While units vary by property, here are some features we offer:
    • Convenient access hours: Visit your things on your schedule with unit access available past office hours.
    • No long-term commitment: Come and go when you want with month-to-month agreements.
    • Personalized electronic access: The access code for your storage location is unique to you.
    • Climate Controlled: Units maintain a consistent temperature range year-round. Consider Climate Control if items you are storing are "indoor" things.
    • Inside unit/1st floor: 1st floor indoor units maximize convenience with no elevator or stairs to negotiate and frequently include Climate Control for a consistent storage environment.
    • Inside unit/Reduced height: You can get a great value on these units, which are generally lower in price due to slight architectural differences when compared to a standard self-storage unit.
    • Outside unit: A traditional self-storage unit with the convenience of outdoor access.
    • Outside unit/Drive-up access: Convenient drive-up units with outdoor access are great for quick and easy storage stops. These are commonly preferred by those storing appliances and seasonal items.
    • Upstairs access via elevator: Freight elevators help those making frequent visits or moving large items get to their space easier.
    • Upstairs access via stairs: A great choice if your storage needs do not require frequent visits or you are looking for good value.
    • Reduced height/Upstairs access via stairs: You can get a great value on these units, which are generally lower in price due to stairs and slight architectural differences when compared to a standard self-storage unit.
    • Reduced height/Upstairs access via elevator: Freight elevators help those making frequent visits or moving large items get to their space easier. These units represent a fantastic value due to slight architectural differences when compared to a standard self-storage unit.
    • Downstairs access via elevator: Freight elevators help those making frequent visits or moving large items get to their space easier.
    • Downstairs access via stairs: A great choice if your storage needs do not require frequent visits or you are looking for good value.
    • Clean and well lit: Because everybody likes a light and bright place...
    • Property managers on-site: A number of our property managers live on-site; for them Public Storage isn't just a job, it's home.
  • How much is a 5' x 5' personal storage unit per month?
    Prices vary by location. Please click here to see units in your area.
  • What are some packing and storage tips for a 5' x 5' storage unit?
    Here are a few tips to keep in mind before you move in:

    Choose the right box. Use large boxes for light items and smaller boxes for heavier items.

    Think vertical. Make best use of your storage area by stacking to the ceiling, working from heaviest items on the bottom to lightest items on top.

    This side up. If you combine different weights of items in one box, always put the heavier things on the bottom and mark the box "this side up."

    Use our free hand trucks and dollies to make unloading heavy items easier.

    For more storage tips, click here.
  • What cannot be stored in a 5' x 5' personal storage unit?
    The following are not permitted in personal storage units:
    • Hazardous Materials (this includes but is not limited to any hazardous or toxic chemical, gas, liquid, substance, material or waste)
    • Improperly packaged food or perishable goods
    • Flammable materials
    • Explosives
    • Animal or human habitation
    If you have any questions regarding a specific item, contact us at: 1-800-688-8057
  • Where can I get moving supplies?
    The key to protecting your items is quality storage and packing materials. You can find all the supplies you need to pack like a pro at any one of our locations, or at our online store by clicking here.
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