How Big is a 200 Square Foot Self Storage Unit?

By Anna Roberts

Published 9 months ago

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Hello and welcome to this informative article in the Fundamentals Series on Our goal at is to help you find the perfect self storage space for your needs. 

Demystifying Self Storage Jargon

In this article, we look at the size of a 200-square-foot self-storage unit in real terms. First, let's start by addressing some of the jargon used in self storage. You can check out our full guide on the lingo used in self storage on our advice centre

  • Many storage operators refer to their space as 'self storage rooms' whilst others refer to them as 'units'. They also go by the names 'containers' and 'pods'. In reality, however, they are talking about the space you will rent to store your things. Again, check out the explorage self storage type guide for more information on the different types of self-storage and the jargon used to refer to them here.  

Understanding Square Footage-How Big is a 200 Square Foot Self Storage Unit?

First, let's take a moment to address the very British elephant in the room. Our love for referring to things by imperial measurements, despite the metric system being introduced to Britain in 1965!

Us Brits have doggedly hung onto parts of the imperial system, such as miles, feet and inches when gauging approximate dimensions ever since. In the self storage world, most self storage operators sell space by square feet. When we talk about square feet we mean the area of space in a room. For example, a ten-foot long by ten-foot wide unit would give you 100 square feet which is equivalent to 9 square metres.

It's important to remember when filling your self storage unit, that you have the benefit of the space above the floor. You can stack things on top of each other to make the most of your space. Check out our guide on savvy packing for self storage created by our insider self storage user Lizzie Hudson, who wrote a post on making the most of your airspace!

200 Square Foot is ideal self storage for a 4 bedroomed House

 A 200-square-foot unit is a good space for a sizeable four-bedroom house. Typically, self-storage operators recommend anything from 160 to 240 square feet depending on the size and full inventory of contents you might have in your four-bedroom home. 

Let's remember, self storage is a very personal thing. What one person might consider to be the average contents of a four-bedroom house the other person might perceive as being extremely cluttered. You might also have very large rooms, a garage and a garden shed which all need to be taken into consideration when storing your things. If you do want to add a large garage, or the contents of a large garage into the mix, then you are probably going to need to go for something slightly bigger. 

Flexibility in Storage

Fortunately, most self storage operators are incredibly flexible when it comes to the amount of space you need. If you have underestimated or overestimated the space you need, as long as they have availability, they will allow you to move around their site, and take an appropriate size unit or even drop a unit depending on your needs. 

  • Naturally, this isn't without some inconvenience if you've already started placing your things in your storage unit. It is worth considering how much stuff you have as a whole inventory, as well as taking stock of what things you can part with, before putting them into storage.

  • It is also helpful to consider what items you can fit into other spaces. For example by storing your belongings inside other larger household items and furniture, which might also be going into storage, to maximise your space within the storage unit. 

Expert Guidance and Support

If you are unsure our friendly team at are here 24/7 to answer all of your questions. We offer free and impartial advice to help you make the right decision as to what type of what size self storage you may need and where to put it. 

We're supported by a vast network of self storage independent operators, who offer amazing value for money. They have been vetted by our in-house team as being reputable. Give us a call at 08000988864 or contact us through our live chat today. Feel free to contact us through email and our friendly Welsh team will be happy to help.

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