Of all the questions we get – and believe you us, we get plenty – especially “Who does your ads?” – the one we hear all the time is “How much storage do I need?”

We get it. Estimating the amount of space your belongings will require can be tricky, especially for storage virgins. Fortunately, our expert Storage Advisors have seen it all. From college students storing books and clothes in a Personal Closet (4’W x 4’L x 3’H)* during the summer months to major businesses storing their entire back inventory – and everything in between – we have the right size storage space for every situation.

But before we can tell you which size room is right for you, we need to ask you a few questions:

What are you storing?

Kind of like fashion reporters on the red carpet who demand to know “Who are you wearing?!” we always ask our storage guests this question. If you’re a single person looking for a place to store small- to medium-sized items – things that are easily stacked, like books, records and CDs, files and boxes – then you’re probably going to be fine with a Personal Closet or an Extra-Wide Closet.

But let’s say you’re storing bulky, irregularly sized items – beds, sofas, appliances, bicycles, exercise equipment, artwork or personal collections – you’ll probably want to go bigger. Our Small Rooms (4’W x 5’L x 8’H) or Medium Rooms (5’W x 7’L x 8’H) usually work perfectly for these kinds of situations.

And if you’re storing the contents of an entire apartment, then you’ll want to go up to a Large (5’W x 10’L x 8’H), Extra Large (8’W x 10’L x 8’H) or Super-Size (10’W x 10’L x 8’H) room.

Finally, if you’re one of those aforementioned businesses who use Manhattan Mini Storage as an office, stock room, or alternate location to store files and inventory, one of our Business Rooms (10’W x 20’L x 8’H) will suit you just fine.

 

Helpful Hint: When in doubt, use a tape measure and get the exact dimensions of your biggest storage belongings before choosing a size.

 

How often will you visit your unit?

Some storage guests only visit their storage space once or twice a year… or even less. For example, a person who’s moving away from New York City for a two-year business commitment may just need to store all their stuff and leave it until they come back. For these people, stuffing everything into the smallest possible space may make sense, provided they pack it all carefully.

But if you’re someone who plans to visit your storage room a lot – adding and subtracting items regularly – then you’re going to want a space with breathing room, where you can quickly and easily find what you’re looking for. (P.S. We love visitors, so feel free to drop by anytime!)

Helpful Hint: Label all your boxes carefully before you store them, and create a map of precisely where in your storage room everything lives. This will save you loads of time and hassle when you come back to get a particular thing out of storage.

 

Would you like to see for yourself?

We are more than happy to give you a tour any of our 17 Manhattan storage locations and show you a full range of rooms. Because let’s face it – dimensions don’t mean a whole lot on paper. But once you can walk in and look around, you’ll have a much better sense of what size pace is best for your storage needs. Plus, we’ll give you free coffee and water!

Helpful Hint: Click here to view photos of each of our room sizes, as well as get detailed information about which kinds of items fit best into each one!

Happy storing!

*All sizes are approximate and reflect typical dimensions.