Self-storage units can be found in all sorts of sizes and types. You’ll want to choose the correct size so you aren’t paying more than necessary. The best thing to help decide which size storage unit you need is to go through all your items to decide what you will be storing and what you will be getting rid of. Having a list of what you will need to store will not only help you decide on the size of the storage unit, it will also help you keep inventory as you begin moving items into the storage unit.


Phil’s Transfer & Storage will work with you to make sure you get the correct size unit for the items you will be storing. Below are four things to keep in mind as you decide what size storage unit to rent.

1. Take Inventory of the Size and Weight of the Items You’ll be Storing

To make the most efficient use of the storage space, it is helpful to inventory items depending on their size and weight. You will be able to box together smaller items, and the heavier or awkward shaped items will most likely need to be stored on their own. If you begin to group together items that will be stored together, you can better measure the total width and height of the entire load. By doing this, you will be able to better estimate how much storage space you will actually need.  

2. Decide if You Will be Storing Items for More Than Six Months

How long you will need to keep your items in storage will help you decide which type of storage unit you’ll need to rent. If you need to store your items for six or more months, we suggest you rent a climate-controlled storage unit. Once an item is in storage for more than six months, factors such as humidity levels, severe heat, severe cold, and pests are all things you will need to keep in mind. Climate-controlled storage units help protect your items from all of these factors. You do not want to open a storage unit after a year’s time only to find your items have been destroyed by the severe temperatures or humidity. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


If you’re worried about storing items for more than six months without having access to them, stop worrying. Phil’s Transfer & Storage allows you access to your items 24/7, so if at any time you need to access your items, you’ll be able to. We also protect your items so you don’t have to worry about the threat of theft of vandals.

3. Short-term Storage

Perhaps you won’t need to store things for long; maybe you need to store something for less than a day. Another option you have is to use our detachable cab storage units. These units have hourly rates and do exactly as their name suggests. We detach the units and bring them to you. This can give you the time to pack or unpack your things as you see fit without any time constraints. Although this isn’t our most used storage option, it is a great option in case it is what you need.

4. The Right Size Can Save You Money

If you spend the time and energy to determine what you will store and how much room you will need, it will be worth it because the bigger the storage unit the more you’ll end up spending. To get the most bang for your buck, you won’t want to have a lot of wasted space in your storage unit. This also means it’s best to determine what you actually want to keep and what items you can sell or give away. Paying to store items you will not end up using is a waste of money. Be mindful of what you want to keep and what you can get rid of.


Phil’s Transfer & Storage has a storage calculator you can use to help you decide what size storage unit will be best for your items. Give us a call today at 323-666-8550 so we can help you decide what you will need, and we can also answer any questions you may have.


If you will be moving outside of the Los Angeles area, we will still be able to help you as we have partners nationwide and we can help you locate a storage unit in your new location.


Call us or send a message to and we’ll do everything we can to help you with your storage solution needs. We are proud to be a veteran owned company who has been providing top-notch moving and storage services for years.