One of the most common questions we get is, “How much storage space should I rent?” It’s a good question – and a tricky one for most non-professionals to answer. Why? Because most people use their living space quite differently than they use storage space. In a living space, you want room to breathe. You wouldn’t stack things to the ceiling. The tendency to want space around our belongings can make it difficult to gauge how much you can really fit into a small storage unit. So, let’s answer the question. How much can you fit in a 5′ by 5′ storage unit? Spoiler alert: it’s more than you think.

200 Cubic Feet of Storage

The first thing you need to know is that most storage units are eight feet tall. Your goal should always be to rent the smallest storage space that will suit your needs. After all, there’s no point in paying for space that you’re not using.

A good way to make sure that you’re maximizing your space is to measure large items. These include beds, chests of drawers, and other furniture that you may want to put into your space. Keep in mind that some items may be best stored on their sides to maximize your use of the vertical space in the unit.

What Items Typically Fit?

It can be hard to visualize what will fit in a small space without some guidance. Here are some examples of things that can be stored in a 5’ by 5’ storage space:

  •  A small mattress set
  •  A chest of drawers
  •  Small tables
  •  Chairs
  •  Boxes

Keep in mind that a small mattress set usually means a twin mattress. If you’re planning to store a queen or king mattress set, you’ll need a larger space.

Who Typically Rents 5’ by 5’ Storage Spaces?

Small storage spaces like the 5’ by 5’ spaces we’re discussing are generally best used for overflow storage. They’re not big enough to store large furniture or dozens of boxes.

We find that these are some of the most common uses for small storage spaces:

  •   Additional storage for people living in small apartments with limited space
  •   Storage of off-season clothing, bedding, and accessories
  •   Storage of seasonal items like holiday decorations, lawn furniture, sporting gear, and gardening equipment

A lot of the people who rent our 5’ by 5’ units are people who don’t want to use their limited storage space for items they use rarely or seasonally. They can swap out items as needed, and it frees up their home storage space for frequently-used items.

Tips for Maximizing Your Space

If you rent a 5’ by 5’ space, you’ll want to do whatever you can to maximize it. Here are some tips:

Play around with measurements and store items on their sides as needed to maximize floor space

  • Bring shelves to allow easier access to vertical storage
  • Nest small items inside larger ones to use negative space
  • Put items you’ll need more frequently near the door of your unit

Labeling everything before you move things into your unit will ensure that you can identify items and remove them as needed.


A 5’ by 5’ storage space can hold more than you think it can! If you’re in need of overflow storage or someplace to keep rarely-used items, these small spaces may do the trick.

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