It’s hard to pin down which self-storage facilities owned by national storage companies offer 24-hour access.
- Options for 24-hour access aren’t clearly advertised at each facility.
- Big-name storage companies with locations in multiple states typically don’t have info on the hours and services at each individual facility.
- Storage facilities are generally run by a local manager (even if they're owned by a bigger company), which means that 24/7 access may vary based on where you live.
Even then, almost every facility allows 24-hour access on a case-by-case basis at the manager's discretion.
So if you're a DJ who routinely has late-night Friday gigs—and you know you’ll need to drop equipment at your storage unit once your set wraps up at 2:00 a.m.—you may need to coordinate with your facility manager in advance to make sure you can stop by after hours.
Depending on your unit, your type of access may range from a gate to a keypad requiring a combination—these are the details you can work out with your facility manager!
A quick “24-hour access storage” Google search will likely pull in a dozen or more results in your area—some will be big-name companies, some smaller and more local.
In general, local self-storage companies service only your state or the surrounding region. But we’ve found that these facilities are more reliable for 24-hour access.
The only catch? You might not get the same service you’d expect when working with a reputable, widely-known storage company. It also may be more difficult to find a local storage facility that offers climate control, pest protection, and other perks and services. With a big-name brand, it’s easier to streamline your search for amenities.
Even though a storage facility can be part of a nation-wide brand, it might be operated and managed on a local level with its own policies—which means that there's no blanket rule about 24-hour access.
If you prefer to go with a recognizable name for your self-storage needs, here are the ones that offer the best 24-hour access:
Remember: none of these companies guarantee 24-hour access at every single location—but they may allow you to have unlimited access to your unit on a case-by-case basis.
This is more likely if you’re renting your storage unit on behalf of your business—if you own a bakery, for example, and need to pick up supplies before you begin baking at 4:00 a.m.
But if you need to put away your grill after a summer party that went late into the night? Probably not.
Another caveat: even if a facility grants you 24/7 access, some will charge you extra for the privilege. Our research shows you can expect to pay anywhere from $5–$40 per month for 24-hour storage.