What Size Storage do I need for my One Bedroom Flat?

By Anna Roberts

Published 7 months ago

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Hello and welcome to the fundamentals series on explorage.com, where we discuss all the essentials you need to know about storing your belongings. 

If you are living in a one-bedroom flat or studio apartment and wondering about the appropriate self storage unit size, we have you covered! The size of self storage unit that you will most likely need is anything between 38 square feet and around 60 to 65 square feet. For any other sizes see our storage unit size guide.

What do you mean by Square Foot?

If you are from old Blighty then there is a good chance you will know that we have found it hard to part with the glorious imperial system of measurement. Whilst many of us remember a 30-centimetre ruler from our school days, when it comes to selling space most self storage operators still sell their space in square feet. 

When we refer to square feet, we mean the measurement of the width times the length. For example, a 10 square foot long by 10 foot square wide would give you 100 square feet the equivalent of 3.5 metres by 3.5 metres. That would give you 30.5 square metres.

Self storage comes in a variety of shapes and sizes, so you can't necessarily be guaranteed the dimensions of your units, but if you are sold a space based on square feet then that is the space you can expect. 

Let's not forget the space above the ground! You can stack things above utilising airspace. Just to add to the confusion this is referred to as cubic feet. Thankfully for your ease on explorage.com, we just give you the square foot and height of the unit, so that you can have a best guess as to how many items you'll be able to stack on top of each other. 

What size storage unit do I Need for my One Bedroom Flat / Apartment?

Given that storing things is a very subjective and personal experience, only you can gauge if you have the average contents of a one to two-bedroom flat, or perhaps you have a little bit more. Maybe you have a secret hankering for storing second-hand car bumpers and turning them into bars! Or you love upcycling furniture, in which case you might want to consider a larger self storage space, which would be around 65 square feet and should easily fit the contents of a two-bedroom flat. For an average one-bedroom flat, however, around 50 to 60 square feet should be adequate. A 50 square foot self storage room is very popular with students. 

On the other hand, if you think you could get the contents of your flat into your typical transit van, then a 40 square foot self storage unit, or space, would be adequate. If your flat is more like a studio apartment, or a small studio apartment and you haven't acquired lots of bulky possessions, then you could probably get away with a 38 square foot self storage unit, which is roughly the size of a large garden shed. 

Flexibility in Storage

Rest assured, most self storage operators are extremely accommodating and will be happy to allow you to change self storage unit sizes, if you find when you arrive, that we're not going to be able to get all your things into the space you need, or perhaps you have overestimated how much space you need. To save you the trouble check out the self storage options at explorage.com advice centre for further information on what type of things you can store in your self storage unit. 

If you are looking at booking a self storage container, where you drive up to your unit externally, you will likely be more limited by choice of sizes. A typical shipping container is around 160 square feet, and many storage operators also have half-size shipping containers that should be ample size for your one-bedroom flat. Typically, outdoor or external self-storage in containers is slightly more economical than indoor self storage rooms, because they tend to be slightly more out of town or in industrial areas where land prices are cheaper. Therefore, you can afford to be a bit more generous on the type and size of self storage room that you need. 

Get in touch with the Explorage Team

If you have any questions, please do get in touch with the explorage.com, friendly, Welsh team, who are here 24/7 and always happy to help. Just contact us at support@explorage.com or call 08000988864. 

If you have any comments on this article or suggestions for future articles, or indeed if you have stored the contents of your one-bedroom flat or studio apartment we would love to hear from you.

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