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What Fits Into Different Storage Unit Sizes?

When considering container storage for moving, renovating, or simply decluttering, it’s important to understand what you can fit into various sizes of storage units. In this post, we’ll explore what can potentially be stored in the three storage unit sizes offered at Storage 24/7.

A graphic of the three different sizes of container storage units offered by Storage 24/7
Storage 24/7 offers 3 different sizing options for storage units.

Small Container: 8 Cubic Metres

Dimensions: 2300mm (L) x 1455mm (W) x 2390 (H)

A small container, with its compact dimensions, is ideal for those who only need to store smaller items or a small number of medium-sized items. Here’s what can typically fit into an 8-cubic-metre storage unit:

  • Furniture

    • A couple of small- to medium-sized pieces like a two-seater, a coffee table, or an armchair.

    • A dismantled bed frame and mattress (single or double).

    • Small bookshelves or cabinets, end tables, settees, etc.

  • Boxes

    • Approximately 20–30 medium-sized moving boxes.

    • Several plastic storage bins or crates.

  • Appliances

    • A compact washing machine or dryer.

    • Small kitchen appliances like a microwave, toaster, or coffee maker.

  • Miscellaneous

    • Bicycles or compact sports equipment.

    • Seasonal items such as holiday decorations or camping gear.

This size is perfect for storing items from studio flats, dorm rooms, or small one-bedroom flats.

Medium Container: 18 Cubic Metres

Dimensions: 2935mm (L) x 2350mm (W) x 2690mm (H)

A medium container offers more space and flexibility, making it suitable for larger households or those with more substantial storage needs, either long- or short-term. Here’s what you might fit into an 18-cubic-metre container:

  • Furniture

    • Larger items such as a couch, dining table and chairs, or multiple armchairs.

    • Beds (including queen-size) and mattresses.

    • Dressers, bookshelves, cabinets, etc.

  • Boxes

    • Around 40–60 medium-sized moving boxes.

    • Larger plastic storage bins or crates.

  • Appliances

    • Standard-sized refrigerator.

    • Washing machine and dryer.

    • Larger kitchen appliances.

  • Miscellaneous

    • Larger sports equipment like kayaks or surfboards.

    • Lawn equipment such as lawnmowers or garden tools.

    • Bulkier seasonal items like outdoor furniture or holiday decorations.

Medium-sized container storage units are well-suited for storing items from two- to three-bedroom units or small houses.

Large Container: 37 Cubic Metres

Dimensions: 5900mm (L) x 2350mm (W) x 2690mm (H)

A large container is the go-to solution for major moves, large storage needs, or even small business inventory. Here’s what you can fit into a 37-cubic-metre container:

  • Furniture

    • Complete sets of living room furniture including multiple couches, chairs, coffee tables, etc.

    • Bedroom sets for several rooms including beds and mattresses of all sizes, dressers, and freestanding wardrobes.

    • Dining sets, desks, and office furniture.

  • Boxes

    • Approximately 100–120 medium-sized moving boxes.

    • Larger plastic storage bins or crates.

  • Appliances

    • Full-sized kitchen appliances (fridge, stove, dishwasher, etc.)

    • Washing machines and dryers.

    • Larger home electronics, televisions, and entertainment centres.

  • Miscellaneous

    • Large sports equipment like treadmills or exercise bikes.

    • Outdoor furniture such as barbecues, outdoor lounge sets, and gardening tools.

    • Large seasonal items or hobby materials.

This container size is ideal for storing items from four- to five-bedroom houses or small- to medium-sized businesses looking to store inventory or equipment.

Choosing the Right Storage Unit Size

When choosing the right container size, consider the volume of items you need to store, the size of the items, and the type of item. It’s always a good idea to create an inventory list and measure larger items to ensure they will fit comfortably in your chosen container size. Furthermore, you should also consider the length of time you intend to store—for longer-term, frequently accessed storage, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room to get in and access your items, whereas for shorter-term storage or storage you don’t intend to access until emptying it out, you don’t need to worry so much about accessibility.

Final Tips

  • Utilise vertical space in your storage unit to maximise storage capacity.

  • Disassemble larger furniture such as beds and tables to make the most of your container space.

  • For easier stacking and organisation, use uniform boxes of the same size.

  • Use padding and covers such as packing foam, polystyrene, and bubble wrap to protect furniture and fragile items during storage.

By understanding what each container size can accommodate, you can make informed decisions and ensure your belongings are safely and efficiently stored. Whether you’re moving, renovating, or just need some extra space, the right container size can make all the difference. If you're still unsure, just get in touch with us, and we'll help you figure it out!

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