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20 different unit types available

Tips and Advice

As industry professionals with decades of experience, we are committed to providing customers with the best service, knowledge and advice for a smooth and seamless self storage experience. Over the years we have gathered information from the industry’s top experts in an effort to ensure our customers are informed and comfortable throughout their stay with us.

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Selecting The Right Unit Size

With so many options to choose from, selecting the right size can be tricky. If you’re looking for a unit to store a few household items, our smaller units range from 25 sq ft to 50 sq ft and are fairly priced and affordable. However, for businesses that need to store large amounts of stock or residents completing large-scale renovations, you’ll need a much larger unit size

Consider the following tips when selecting your unit size: 

  • Make a list of items for storage so that you’re able to pick a unit size more accurately.
  • Estimate the number of boxes that you’ll need to hold all of your belongings. 
  • Speak to the professionals! The Storage World team is always a call away, ready to answer all of your questions or lend a hand.

To give you a better idea of the various unit sizes available, check out our useful online size guide.

Preparing Your Items For Storage

Properly packing your items is an essential step during storage. Without the right packaging materials or methods, your prized possessions could be badly damaged before they even arrive at your storage unit.

Take these tips into consideration when preparing your items for storage.

Select the right box size  

When selecting your boxes, make sure you choose a range of small, medium and large boxes. Pack all heavy items in smaller boxes and lighter items in bigger ones. This will allow you to move your belongings with ease.  

Pack and transport with care

Make sure that you wrap all fragile items with bubble wrap and fill the remaining gaps with packing paper. It’s also a good idea to hire a reliable van to move heavier items. 

Fill in the gaps

Fragile items like glassware need to be packed tightly to avoid scratches or cracks. Using Storage World’s wrapping paper and bubble wrap, carefully wrap each item and fill the gaps. 

Transporting Your Goods To The Facility

Once you’ve packed all your things, it’s time to move them to the self storage facility. This is probably the hardest part of a move as it requires a reliable moving van and a few extra hands.

When choosing a removal company or van hire service in Manchester, be sure to keep these points in mind:

  • Book a month in advance 

To ensure the removal company has enough time to prepare for your move and make the necessary arrangements, book at least 4 weeks in advance. 

  • Make sure everything is ready 

A lot of companies charge per hour so if your boxes aren’t all packed, it will be a costly delay. 

  • Inform movers of special items

If you have any delicate or fragile items that the movers should take extra care of, use ‘fragile’ tape or point out the boxes on the day.

How to Pack Your Storage Unit

To make the most out of the space in your unit, it’s important to pack your storage unit correctly. These tips will not only ensure your items are protected but they’ll also save you hours when locating or packing away items in your unit. 

Pack the bulkiest boxes at the bottom 

Stack your boxes strategically, placing the heaviest boxes at the bottom and the lightest ones at the top. This method ensures that fragile items are protected.

Pack regularly-used items near the front

Prioritise the entrance of your storage unit and pack items that you regularly need near the front. Rather than scramble to find a specific item, this layout makes it quick and easy. 

Disassemble furniture

Furniture can take up a lot of space unnecessarily. Before moving furniture into the storage unit, take the time to disassemble the various parts to save space.

Storage World Blog

The Storage World blog is filled with dozens of blogs that offer helpful tips and tricks about a range of topics, from running a business in a self storage unit to budget-friendly DIY upgrades.

Read some of our most popular blogs below: 

  1. What size storage unit do I need? The ultimate size guide for first-timers
  2. Moving? 10 tricks to make relocating simple and stress-free
  3. Five ways to create a stylish home office in a small space
  4. How a storage unit can bolster your online business
  5. Three reasons self-storage can help students

Follow Storage World on Instagram, Facebook and LinkedIn for the latest storage tips, tricks and facility updates. If you would like to write your own unique article for this section, please feel free to email us at marc@storageworld.co.uk. We will be sure to credit you for your contribution and would appreciate your insight.

Space Guide

With so many options, deciding on a unit size can be confusing. To make it super simple, we developed a handy size estimator to help you visualise each of our unit sizes in a practical way and find the right fit for you.



  • 25 SQ FT
  • 35 SQ FT
  • 50 SQ FT
  • 75 SQ FT
  • 100 SQ FT
  • 150 SQ FT
  • 200 SQ FT

25 SQ FT

Measuring the same size as a small garden shed, our 25 sq ft unit is the perfect solution for storing a few household items. Declutter the home and store seasonal items or a few boxes in this cost-effective, small unit.

  • Christmas decorations
  • Valuable tools
  • Single mattress
  • Armchair
  • Memorabilia

35 SQ FT

A 35 sq ft self-storage unit is around the same size as the average garden shed and is big enough to store the contents of a studio flat.

  • Dining room table and chairs
  • Garden furniture
  • Multiple boxes
  • Bicycles

50 SQ FT

A 50 sq ft storage unit is half the size of the average garage and is big enough to contain the content of a one-bedroom flat.

  • Queen size bed
  • Dresser
  • Office desks
  • Filing cabinets

75 SQ FT

Our 75 sq ft unit can hold the contents of an average two-bedroom flat. The high ceiling allows boxes to be stacked on top of one another, with room for several furniture items.

  • Large appliances
  • Dining room tables and chairs
  • Business inventory
  • Filing cabinets
  • Bookcases

100 SQ FT

The medium storage unit can hold the contents of an average two-bedroom flat, or serve as a small office or warehouse.

  • A sofa set
  • Garden furniture
  • Bicycles and sport equipment
  • Business inventory

150 SQ FT

Our 150 sq ft unit is the same size as one and a half garages. As a large storage unit, it benefits both businesses and households who need to store large items.

  • Piano
  • Sofa sets
  • Wide-screen TVs and valuable appliances
  • Stock for online businesses

200 SQ FT

As a large storage unit, the 200 sq ft space can hold the contents of a large four or five-bedroom house. It’s a cost-effective and convenient alternative to warehousing, perfect for bulky stock, merchandise and palletised goods.

  • Large appliances including a fridge-freezer
  • Bulky warehouse stock
  • Sofa sets
  • Large garden furniture

Secure Storage Solutions

Clean, safe and secure storage solution at an affordable price, highly recommend this place, very close to the heart of manchester, easy access in and out. Big thanks to Tricia and her team for sorting out my storage needs, very knowledgeable, professional and more importantly friendly.
Highly recommended.

Marcus Wong

A Quick and Easy Process

Quick and easy to reserve and simple sign up process when I arrived. I had under estimated my load size and needed more space which the guys on site quickly arranged for me. Very helpful and friendly staff. A recommended company

Alex Jones

Same Day Move In

Fantastic experience. Needed storage quickly and the staff were on hand to help get everything sorted as fast as possible – was in the same day. They even helped to make sure I got the right size unit so I didn’t over pay – they could have sold me a far bigger one but wanted to make sure I got the best deal and was happy – that doesn’t happen very often! Well Done!

Ed Green-Moore

Extremely Helpful Staff

Extremely helpful staff, talked me through everything, gave me a tour of the facility, the sign up process was very straight forward, and most important excellent value for money.

John O'neill

Trolleys and Good Lighting

Great storage with lots of trolleys and good lighting. Lots of parking bays so it is easy to park close to the storage unit entrance. A friendly and helpful team (Anthony and Nick) that get back to you quickly by email or phone.

Tanya Grenade

100% Recommended

100% recommend Storage World. The storage lockers are well priced, secure and very clean. The facility is well set up to make loading and unloading very straight forward. Jeni on the desk was so increddibly helpful and went out of her way to make sure we were well set up and happy. Thanks very much to all at Storage World and particularly Jeni!

Tom Daubney

Business Self Storage

Can’t praise the guys enough, Tricia initially found me a unit over year ago and patiently kept me up to date on availability as I was unable to move my business as quickly as I’d hoped. All the staff are friendly and helpful. A safe and clean place to work.

Joanne Beswick