Types of self storage

When you’re looking for storage space in Manchester, you’ll find various types to choose from. Here are the pros and cons of the most popular options.

1. Storage warehouse

Storage warehouses are large buildings, sectioned into rooms of various sizes called storage units or self store units. Storage World falls into this category with warehouses in Middleton and Manchester.

The buildings are usually modern and built for the purpose of storage though sometimes older buildings are converted into storage facilities.


As well as having good security, warehouse facilities will have an on-site team and are usually located in easily accessible areas. They often focus on customer service with flexibility such as access to your unit 24/7 and a choice of space options to suit your requirements.


These can be more expensive than other options, although the additional security, convenience and flexibility can be worth paying extra for.

Container storage units are usually shipping containers held in a compound with security fencing around. Rental space is typically from 40 to 120 square feet (in comparison, a warehouse unit can be over 1000 square feet). Companies work two ways – either you visit the containers to store and access your items or sometimes, you can have a container delivered to you. In the second case, containers can be left with the client, or collected by the storage provider for transport back to their compound.


Hiring a shipping container is often a cheaper storage option than placing items in a warehouse unit.


Left out in the elements, containers can suffer from seasonal extremes of temperature and may be vulnerable to damp. Some items may not withstand these kinds of conditions.

These are garages used for storage. Garage rental units are typically smaller than other storage options, often in the region of 124 square feet.


Lock ups are easily accessible and usually have a lower rental cost than warehouse storage.


Lock-up garages tend to be a less secure option with just the garage lock providing security.

Some removal companies will store belongings for clients when needed, for instance for those moving abroad or into rental property. Typically these are spacious warehouses which provide good storage conditions and security.


The moving firm takes care of transport. Storage prices may be competitive.


It may be difficult or even impossible to access your stored items. Some companies may charge you for every visit, and facilities may be in remote locations.

Space Guide

Our handy size guide below helps you visualise some of our small to medium units.

25 square foot storage container
25 sq ft

Similar in size to a Garden Shed A large car or small vans worth of stuff Up to 60 archive or medium boxes. Find out more here

35 square foot storage container
35 sq ft

The contents of a one bedroomed flat A typical vans worth of stuff Up to 100 archive or medium boxes

50 square foot storage container
50 sq ft

The contents of a 1-2 bedroom flat Half a typical garage in size Up to 125 archive or medium boxes

75 square foot storage container
75 sq ft

The contents of a 1-2 bedroom house Two full van loads of stuff Up to 175 archive or medium boxes

100 square foot storage container
100 sq ft

The contents of a 2 bedroom house Three full van loads of stuff Up to 225 archive or medium boxes

150 square foot storage container
150 sq ft

The contents of a 4 bedroom house Five full van loads of stuff Up to 350 archive or medium boxes

200 square foot storage container
200 sq ft

The contents of a 5 bedroom house Seven or eight full van loads of stuff Almost 500 achieve or medium boxes