Vertical Storage Space

By Logan Livers,

There’s a lot more available storage space in your self storage unit than you may think. “But it’s only a 5×5, and the floor is already crowded,” you might be arguing. Well, did you ever think to look above you?

Storage unit sizes are always described by two dimensions: length and width. Yet the third dimension—height—is never mentioned. That’s because most storage units have a height of eight feet, and it’s assumed that storage seekers and renters either know this already or don’t care about unit height.

But the height of a storage unit is just as important as the length and width because it, too, is available space for storage. If you’re not using your storage unit’s vertical space to your advantage, you’re not storing efficiently.

Here are a few tips for using the vertical space in your storage unit.

Stack Items

If you’re storing items that are easy to stack, then stack them in your storage unit as high as you can. A good technique for stacking items in storage is to place everything you’re storing into firm plastic totes that can handle being stacked. Just be cautious when stacking items. A good rule to follow is to put the heaviest items on the bottom of the stack and the lighter items on top so they won’t hurt you if they accidentally fall.

Use Shelves

Shelves are a great way to capitalize on the amount of vertical space in your storage unit. You can get shelving units that stand up to about seven feet tall and use them to safely stack all sorts of items. This is a great method if you don’t plan on using storage bins for everything, or if you want to be sure that nothing will come crashing down on you while you grab things from your storage unit.

To get the most bang for your buck, try to utilize the vertical space that’s available in your storage unit. You’d be surprised how much you can store in a small storage unit simply by using the full height of the unit.