Selecting the Right Portable Storage Unit

Posted on June 20, 2024 at 10:00 am

When you need extra space, choosing the right portable storage unit can be a game-changer. Whether it’s for short-term storage during a home renovation or long-term storage for business inventory, the flexibility portable storage offers is unparalleled. We understand that the process may seem overwhelming, especially with various options available in the market. That’s why we’re here to guide you through identifying your specific storage needs, which will help ensure that you select not just any unit but the right one for your particular situation.

Identifying Your Storage Needs

Before selecting a portable storage unit, you must accurately assess what you will store. This initial step ensures that you choose a unit that fits all your items comfortably and accommodates their specific needs in terms of space and environment. Start by cataloging the items you intend to store. Are they bulky furniture pieces, delicate electronics, or personal documents? Understanding the nature and size of your belongings will help determine the suitable size and type of storage unit. Additionally, consider the duration of storage. Some items, especially those sensitive to environmental conditions, may require climate-controlled units if they are to be stored long-term. By taking stock of these factors, we ensure that our storage solution will match your needs, protecting your belongings while providing maximum convenience and accessibility.

Comparing Different Sizes of Portable Storage Units

Choosing the correct size for a portable storage unit is crucial in maximizing its utility and cost-effectiveness. Our range of portable storage units varies broadly in size, typically from as small as 7 feet long to as large as 40 feet, capable of accommodating an entire home’s contents. For smaller-scale storage needs, such as decluttering a few rooms or storing business documents, a 7-10 foot unit might suffice. These smaller units are more economical and easier to place in tight spaces. On the other hand, for larger projects like home renovations or major office relocations, opting for a 20-foot or a 40-foot unit will ensure that all your items fit in one secure, accessible location. Understanding these options helps ease the selection process, ensuring you’re not paying for unused space or, conversely, finding yourself with cramped storage. Selecting the right size based on carefully evaluating your needs will save you from potential hassles and added expenses.

Key Features to Look for in a Portable Storage Unit

When selecting a portable storage unit, there are several key features to consider that can significantly influence the usability and security of your stored items. Firstly, durability is non-negotiable; we ensure our units are made from high-quality, weather-resistant materials that stand up to harsh conditions. This protection is crucial for maintaining the integrity of your belongings, especially through changing seasons. Another essential feature is the security of the unit. Our robust locking mechanisms are designed to give you peace of mind, knowing that your items are safe from unauthorized access or theft.

Additionally, consider the accessibility of the unit. Our units feature ground-level access, which eliminates the need for loading ramps and makes loading and unloading your belongings as effortless as possible. For those storing sensitive or valuable items, our climate-controlled options provide an extra layer of protection against extreme temperatures and humidity, ensuring that everything from electronics to antique furniture is preserved in pristine condition. Our goal is to provide features that not only protect your belongings but also make the storage process as convenient and efficient as possible.

Practical Advice for Packing and Organizing Your Storage Unit

Efficient packing and organizing within your portable storage unit can make a significant difference in maximizing space and maintaining the condition of your stored items. Begin by gathering quality packing supplies, which can include sturdy boxes, packing tape, bubble wrap, and labeling materials. We recommend using similar-sized boxes for easy stacking and organizing. When packing, heavier items should go on the bottom, while lighter items can be stacked on top. Ensure that every box is securely closed and labeled on multiple sides for easy identification.

Organize your storage unit with accessibility in mind. Place items you anticipate needing frequently near the entrance of the unit. Utilize shelving units to keep boxes off the floor and create an easier way to manage and access items throughout the duration of their storage. For longer-term storage, consider creating a clear pathway inside the unit that allows access to items at the back without rearranging everything. These strategies not only help in utilizing the space effectively but also in protecting your belongings from potential damage during storage and retrieval.


Choosing the right portable storage unit involves understanding your specific needs, being aware of the features that will best serve those needs, and knowing how to pack and organize your belongings effectively. We at Attic Plus Storage are committed to providing you with solutions that meet these needs with flexibility, security, and convenience. From personal possessions to business inventory, our range of portable storage units and expert advice ensure that your storage experience is smooth and your items remain secure and accessible.

If you’re ready to simplify your storage problems, empower yourself with the right choices. Contact us today and find out how our portable storage units can help you create more space in your life seamlessly and efficiently. Remember, your peace of mind is a priority at Attic Plus Storage, where we provide more than just space—we deliver safekeeping.

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