Getting into renting a self storage unit for the first time? Don’t sweat it! While the idea of stashing your extra stuff somewhere else may seem odd at first, self storage is super common. And so are some frequently asked questions, like:


  • How much stuff can I fit in one of those units?
  • What exactly should I store there? My winter clothes or my grandma’s antique furniture?
  • Is my stuff secure? Can someone break into my unit?!


Don’t worry, this handy guide answers all those self storage FAQs and more. You’ll be a storage pro by the time you’re done here!


7 Frequently Asked Questions About Self Storage (and Their Answers)


An array of differently sized self storage units

1. What Sizes of Storage Units Are Available?

Storage units come in a range of sizes to accommodate your specific needs. Typical sizes include 10 sq ft, 100 sq ft and 215 sq ft. The smallest units are about the size of a locker and well-suited for boxes, small furniture items, and infrequently used items. The largest units can comfortably fit the contents of a two- to three-bedroom apartment.

Before selecting a unit:

  1. Estimate how much space you need
  2. Take measurements and account for the space needed to walk around and access your belongings
  3. Remember to leave room for future additions too


2. What Should I Store in a Self Storage Unit?

Self storage can house almost anything, including:

  • Seasonal Items: Store off-season clothing/gear and holiday decorations until needed later in the year. This frees up room in your home.
  • Business Inventory & Equipment: Retailers, e-commerce sellers, and contractors can all use self storage for extra merchandise, materials, tools, and more. Some locations even offer warehouse-style spaces.
  • Furniture: Excess furniture that won’t fit in a move or during home renovations can be kept safe in self storage. This is also a great option if you inherit furnishings but don’t have the space in your home for them.
  • Important Documents: Need extra protection for items like legal documents, photo albums, tax files, etc.? Self storage offers secure storage, which you can easily access when needed.
  • Collections & Memorabilia: From stamp collections to sports memorabilia, storage units keep your precious items damage-free. Climate-controlled spaces also prevent humidity damage.


What Items Can’t I Store? 

  • Hazardous materials such as flammable liquids and combustibles
  • Unauthorised and illegal goods such as drugs
  • Firearms and their ammunition
  • Any living creatures like plants and animals
  • Items that could spoil, like exposed foodstuffs


3. Is Self Storage Secure?

Modern self storage facilities offer excellent security protections, including:

  1. Alarm Systems: A decent facility will have alarm systems in place that activate if the area is being accessed after hours by unauthorised personnel. There should also be detection alarms for fire too.
  2. Camera Surveillance: Facilities have security camera systems monitoring all access points and common areas. Many also use interior cameras within the corridors.
  3. Padlocks Only tenants should have padlocks for their individual units, allowing them to control who can access their stuff.
  4. On-site Managers: Facilities will have staff available during business hours for added oversight, assistance locating units, etc.


CCTV cameras in a self storage facility as part of the security

4. How Much Does Self Storage Cost?

Storage unit costs vary considerably based on these key factors:

Unit size 

How much space you need will influence how much you’ll pay in total per month. Pretty standard!


As with most real estate, the location dictates the pricing. Units in higher-cost urban areas come at a premium price. Suburban and rural facilities can offer some significant savings.


Basic drive-up storage runs cheaper compared to indoor units. Additional site features like using moving equipment rentals also add cost. Some facilities offer an on-site packaging shop too.


You will need to insure your items by law. So, the value of what you’re storing can also drive up the cost you’ll need to pay per month for your self storage unit. To save money, avoid overestimating how big your unit is by figuring out the exact size you need, and ask about any discounted rates that may be applicable.

5. How Do I Access My Self Storage Unit?

Self storage operators make it very easy to access your belongings on your own flexible schedule. Many locations also have on-site office managers available during business hours to assist you in locating your unit or loading moving equipment like trolleys and carts. 


Just make sure to keep your key safe!

6. How Does Insurance Work for Stored Items?

Insurance might not be the most thrilling topic, but it is important. Most self storage facilities offer insurance options to give you peace of mind but also to cover the legal requirements. It’s like a safety net for your belongings, essentially, as natural disasters can still happen! Make sure to ask about the coverage options available — it’s a small investment for added protection. 


7. How Long Can I Rent a Storage Unit?

Whether you need storage for a week, a month or a year, self storage facilities are usually flexible with rental durations. Just make sure to communicate with the facility if your plans change — they’re there to help!  


You can also easily move into a smaller or larger unit whenever you wish, depending on how your space needs to evolve.


BONUS QUESTION: Where Is the Best Place for Self Storage?


A Pink Hippo self storage facility


What is the greatest way to have the self storage experience? By choosing the best facility!


That’s why you should go with Pink Hippo Self Storage if you live near Reading or Leatherhead! Our dedication to stellar customer service and high-tech security meet all your practical storage needs.


Intrigued? Contact us today for personalised assistance in discovering your perfect storage fit:


Reading: 0118 957 1573  

Leatherhead: 01372 386 916