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The Different Types of Storage and How to Choose

Lockaway Storage | June 28, 2023 @ 12:00 AM

Selecting the right storage unit may seem like a daunting task, especially for those who have never rented storage before. However, it's not as complicated as it might appear. Storage units can differ in several ways, including size, features, location, and accessibility. It's important to understand your specific storage needs before choosing a unit to ensure you select one that meets your requirements.

Storage facilities offer a variety of unit types to meet different storage needs so it's helpful to know which factors to keep in mind during your search. 

The Different Types of Storage Units

Indoor vs. Outdoor Storage Units

There is often confusion among individuals regarding the distinction between indoor and outdoor storage units. Some mistakenly assume that an outdoor storage unit lacks a door. In actuality, the primary distinction lies in the location of the unit's door.

Indoor storage units are typically accessed by entering a building and proceeding down a hallway to reach the unit. In contrast, outdoor storage units are still housed within a building that contains multiple units but can be opened from the exterior.

An outdoor unit offers the significant benefit of being able to drive right up to the door of your storage unit. That way, you don’t have to make another trip from your car to the door of the building to the unit itself – convenient and ergonomic. This will certainly save you money on moving day if you have movers who charge by the hour — which most of them do.

The main benefit of an indoor unit is that weather is never an issue. Need to reorganize your unit? You’ll have a roof over your head each time. You won’t need to worry about sand or rain getting into your open unit.

Additionally, when utilizing an indoor storage unit, your belongings are less vulnerable to outdoor elements every time you access your unit. This is because there is an additional layer of protection between your items and potential hazards such as pests, water, and other environmental factors.

Climate Controlled Storage Units

Opting for an indoor storage unit typically guarantees a greater degree of temperature regulation. This makes them less susceptible to environmental factors than drive-up units. However, it's important to note that not every indoor unit has heating or air conditioning, so it's important to confirm before renting. Additionally, outdoor units can also come with climate control, although they are less common than indoor climate-controlled units.

Whether or not you require climate control depends on the duration of your storage needs and the materials of your belongings. If you only require temporary storage for a month between moving houses, temperature control may not be a significant concern. However, if you plan on storing wooden furniture for an extended period, it is advisable to opt for a unit with both temperature and humidity control to prevent warping. 

Choosing the Right Storage Unit Size

Along with selecting the appropriate type of storage unit, it is essential to choose the correct size. It is recommended to opt for a storage unit that is slightly larger than what you initially anticipate needing. By doing so, you can prevent running into space issues if you underestimate the required storage space or acquire additional belongings over time.

For individuals storing vehicles or hobby items, it is important to choose a unit that can accommodate all necessary accessories as well. If you require further assistance in determining the appropriate unit size, a quick guide to finding the right size is available.

If you require a specialty unit or additional storage space, a reputable storage company with experience will be able to assist you promptly. If you are unsure about the appropriate unit size, you can make your best estimation or contact the storage company for assistance.

With all the necessary information at your disposal, selecting the ideal storage unit should now be a simple task. Make sure to check out your local Lockaway Storage!

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