How Big is a 5×5 Storage Unit?

If you’re a college student, an empty nester, or someone with a few things you need to store in a safe location, a 5×5 storage unit might be your best choice. A 5×5 storage unit is small but still holds a surprising amount of stuff. How much stuff does it hold? That’s what we’ll take a look at below. To find out if a 5×5 storage unit is the right size to store all your stuff safely, take advantage of the following information!

How Much Stuff Fits Into a 5×5 Storage Unit?

A 5×5 storage unit is 5 feet wide x 5 feet long x 8 feet high (the typical ceiling height of an American home). That gives you 200 cubic feet of space when renting one of these units. Of course, most people don’t stack things to the ceiling because it’s difficult and slightly dangerous. That means you typically have about 180 cubic feet of space in a 5×5 unit. Below, we will look at what fits into 180 cubic feet of storage space.

A College Dorm Room or Apartment

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  • Single bed and mattress = 80 cu ft
  • Desk = 20 cu ft
  • Chair = 5 cu ft
  • Night table = 5 cu ft
  • Bicycle = 10 cu ft
  • Dorm Fridge = 5 cu ft
  • 10 small boxes = 15 cu ft
  • 8 medium size boxes = 40 cu ft

What you’re looking at above is 180 cubic feet worth of stuff. That’s why college students rent 5×5 storage units because they have enough room to store their stuff between semesters or when they study abroad.

Of course, you don’t have to be a college student to store things in a 5×5 storage unit. For example, empty-nesters often clean out a spare bedroom to repurpose it as a home gym, craft room, movie room, reading room, etc. When they do, they rent a 5 x 5 storage unit because it can hold approximately one bedroom’s worth. Small business owners and entrepreneurs often rent a 5×5 storage unit to store overstock, supplies, and equipment. Collectors also rent in this size to store their collections all the time, including wine collections, action figure collections, Lego collections, and many more.

Average Ceiling Height of a 5×5 Unit

As mentioned earlier, the ceiling height of a 5×5 storage unit is 8 feet, the ceiling height of the typical U.S. home. The benefit of having ceilings this high is you can stack your things on top of each other to save space. For example, you can stack three or four medium-sized cartons on top of each other and stack boxes on top of furniture like dressers. You can also stand a bed on its end rather than lay it flat on the floor (which takes up a lot of space). In short, having 8-foot tall ceilings in a 5×5 unit is an extra bonus and helps you store even more.

What is a Climate Controlled Storage Unit, and Do You Need One?

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A climate controlled storage unit is a specialized unit that aims to keeps the temperature inside constant throughout the year. Climate controlled storage units also have less humidity and are great for several different items. Those include the following;

  • Electronics.
  • Medical equipment and supplies.
  • Antiques.
  • Wine collections
  • Collectibles.
  • Antique photographs
  • Artwork

In the interest of transparency, it’s important to note that not all items need climate controlled storage. Please get in touch with us if you have further questions about climate controlled storage.

Drive Up 5×5 Units

Drive-up storage units are units you can drive up to with your vehicle. You can then park in front of them while you load or unload your things more conveniently and quickly. Many Move It Storage facilities have drive-up 5×5 storage units. However, some Move It locations have 5×5 storage units that are interior units. These 5×5 units must be accessed through an extra outer door and often down a hallway.

Store Your Household Items Safely and Securely with Move It Storage

Now that you know how much you can store in a 5×5 storage unit, you can decide whether this size unit is the best for your storage needs. As we mentioned earlier if you’re a college student, entrepreneur, small business owner, or an empty nester who needs to clear out a bedroom, a 5×5 storage unit is practically perfect. Of course, Move It Storage has a wide range of storage unit sizes.

Move It Storage also has all the necessary storage features, including security cameras on-site, keypad-controlled front gates, on-site managers, and always clean storage units. We have extra long opening hours, also, so there’s no need to sweat if you need to get into your storage unit early or late. To find out more about the storage types we offer and find storage in your city or town, click the link. You can also reserve a storage unit online with Move It Storage.