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20 different unit types available

Types of Self-Storage

Storage World’s ultra-modern and secure facilities offer several different types of storage spaces such as warehouses and lock-ups. Each one is designed for a different need, from large units for stock storage to small ones for seasonal items. Here are the pros and cons of the most popular options.

Types of storage units

4 Different Types Of Self Storage Facilities

1. Storage warehouse

Storage warehouses are large buildings often used by businesses for stock storage or to safely store industrial equipment. Storage World offers warehouses in Middleton and Manchester.


As well as having excellent security, warehouse facilities offer flexibility which includes access to your unit 24/7 and a choice of space options. 


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

2. Containers 

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).


Hiring a storage 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 dampness. Some items may not withstand these kinds of conditions.

3. Lock-ups 

Lock-up storage units are garage rental units that 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.

4. Furniture depositories 

Some removal companies will store belongings for clients when needed, for instance for those moving abroad or into a rental property. Typically these are spacious and secure warehouses. 


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. 

Types Of Self Storage Services Generally Offered

People rent storage units to store a variety of items. As a result, storage facilities have evolved to offer multiple storage options, from indoor units for household and student storage to climate-controlled storage typically used by businesses.

Before you can decide on a facility, it’s a good idea to familiarise yourself with the different types of storage available. 

Business storage 

Whether you own a small startup or a large enterprise, self storage is a secure and affordable way for businesses to store stock, inventory or equipment. Most facilities have large, commercial size units that are well-maintained and easily accessible 24 hours a day. 

Personal storage

Personal storage is one of the most common types of storage facilities offer. Whether moving home, renovating or decluttering, renting a storage unit is an ideal furniture or household storage solution. 

Student storage

Many students rely on self storage to safely store their items over long holiday breaks or at the end of the academic year. Storage facilities feature a range of lock-up-and-go units that are convenient and affordable for students. 

Vehicle storage 

Storage facilities often offer car storage for businesses with entire fleets or vehicle owners that don’t have space in their driveway or garage. This type of storage is ideal for caravans, all-terrain vehicles, boats and additional cars, protecting them from the harsh British weather and break-ins. 

Outdoor storage 

Outdoor storage is usually large warehousing units or storage containers that are located on the premises of a self storage facility, offering direct access from the outside. This allows drive-up access which is convenient if you have large pallets of stock or bulky equipment. 

Self Storage At Storage World

As a warehouse storage facility, Storage World offers a more comprehensive range of services and storage options than container or lock-up facilities. Our ultra-modern storage facilities are centrally located in Manchester, and designed for convenience and a diversity of needs. 

From our impressive range of self storage rooms and state-of-the-art security to our central locations and top-notch customer service, Storage World is a smart self storage solution for businesses, students and households. Unlike furniture depositories, our facilities allow customers to access their valuables without a hitch with extended access hours.

We also offer customer parking on site, container storage and drive-up units to make moving in and out as seamless as possible.

Here are just a few other reasons why we’re Manchester’s top storage solution: 

  • Over 800 storage rooms ranging in size from 10 sq ft to 250 sq ft
  • 200 bulk storage rooms from 250 to 1500 sq ft
  • Flexible lease agreements 
  • External drive-ups for easy access
  • Convenient in-house postal system 
  • Option to upsize or downsize your space 
  • Free customer parking spaces
  • Clean bathroom facilities
  • Kitchen facilities
  • Wi-Fi
  • Packaging materials & racks available on site 
  • Team of storage specialists on-hand to help
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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