At a glance
Whether you’re stashing unused furniture, renovating parts of your house, or moving into a smaller home, there are tons of reasons to rent a self-storage unit. And whatever your reason—whether you’re moving or you simply need extra space—you’ll have to factor self-storage costs into your budget.
Storage unit costs vary, but the main factor is size: Rates are higher for larger units, so it’s important to find a rental storage unit that matches your load. You’ll also pay a premium for amenities like climate control.
We’ll dive into which storage units are best for what and compare storage unit prices so you know what to look for as you shop around.
Storage unit average monthly price range
|Type||Rent per month|
|Standard storage unit||$60–$180|
|Climate-controlled storage unit||$75–$225|
|Rent per month|
The whole picture
There are two types of storage facilities: interior (or indoor) and drive-up access (a.k.a. outdoor).
Interior facilities house storage units inside a larger building, which means getting your belongings into your unit might require some extra legwork, but these spaces are generally more secure than outdoor units.
Interior units offer more protection from pests and theft and can be climate-controlled, which is why inside storage units are better for valuable or fragile items.
Outdoor units, on the other hand, are more akin to garages. Drive-up access storage facilities are more convenient than indoor facilities because they allow you to pull your vehicle right up to the space to unload. However, they lack certain amenities like electrical access and climate control.
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Interior facilities are more common in urban areas since they’re more space-saving, while drive-up access storage facilities—which can accommodate cars and are larger—are typically found in rural areas.
Self-storage unit prices
Storage unit prices fluctuate by location, so take this into account when you’re looking at the average cost to rent.
For instance, in a city as densely populated as Los Angeles, a 10 ft. x 10 ft. unit could set you back as much as $215 per month. But if you live in a Colorado suburb, storage unit rents run as low as $95 per month.
Climate-controlled storage will always be more expensive than regular storage units: Costs can be anywhere from 25% to even 50% higher.1 We’ll get into what climate-controlled storage units are all about—and when you might choose one—down below.
Storage unit cost comparisons
|5’ x 5’||5’ x 10’||10’ x 10’*||10’ x 15’||10’ x 20’|
|Average price per month||$60||$70||$110||$130||$180|
|Average climate-controlled price per month||$75||$88||$138||$163||$225|
|Works for||Few boxes or furniture items||Studio or 1-bedroom apartment||2-bedroom apartment||1–2-bedroom house; small vehicle or boat||3–4-bedroom home; large vehicle, trailer, or boat|
|Best for||College students storing items for the summer||Storing seasonal items||Storing a few rooms’ worth of stuff||Renovations/remodels||Home remodels|
|5’ x 5’||5’ x 10’||10’ x 10’*||10’ x 15’||10’ x 20’|
|Few boxes or furniture items||Studio or 1-bedroom apartment||2-bedroom apartment||1–2-bedroom house; small vehicle or boat||3–4-bedroom home; large vehicle, trailer, or boat|
|College students storing items for the summer||Storing seasonal items||Storing a few rooms’ worth of stuff||Renovations/remodels||Home remodels|
*Most popular storage unit size to rent
To calculate costs for this table, we averaged the average storage unit costs in all fifty states. Climate-controlled storage costs are based on a 25% increase over regular storage unit prices.
Although the storage sizes listed in the table are the most popular, we also found these storage options in our research:
- 5’ x 15’
- 10’ x 15’
- 10’ x 25’
- 10’ x 30’
- 12’ x 15’
- 12’ x 25’
- 15’ x 20’
- 17’ x 20’
Wondering if you can store that 10-foot fish tank you have for your Amazonian fish collection in your storage unit? We got you. Check out our Storage Unit Dos and Don’ts to learn more.
Storage unit cost factors
There are a few things that affect the rental price of a storage unit—here’s what you need to know:
Type of service
Full-service storage includes pickup and delivery and is pricier as a result. You’re paying for the hauling service and a longer rental contract—most full-service storage comes with a minimum required number of months.
Self-service is entirely DIY and definitely the cheaper of the two, but if you don’t have the manpower or a vehicle to haul all your things to your storage unit, it might not be your best choice. The convenience that full-service storage offers can be worth the extra Benjamins.
Size of unit
The more cubic feet a storage unit has to hold multiple rooms’ worth of furniture (or a car), the more it will cost you. If you only have smaller items, like a motorcycle or an old ping pong table, you can save money by choosing a smaller unit.
Self-storage prices tend to rise at the end of the summer, when people stash things like water sports vehicles away for the winter. The more in demand storage units are, the more storage facilities increase their starting rates.
Unfortunately, locked-in rates aren’t super common in the self-storage world, but companies should notify you of any price spikes at least a month out.
Location of facility
Storage units are in higher demand—and more expensive—in big cities like New York and Washington, DC. Houses and apartments in cities tend to be smaller, increasing people’s need to store the belongings that don’t fit into their current pad, like extra beds or pieces of furniture.
Location of unit within facility
Interior units that are easier to access or more secure cost more money. For instance, units on the first floor or units near the elevator typically fall in this camp.
Since storage units are generally more expensive in big cities, it’s worth looking into cheaper storage units in nearby suburbs if you don’t need frequent access. If you’re storing in the city, learn how to pack a storage unit to better maximize your space (and your budget).
Amenities to consider
When you’re comparing storage unit rents, it’s also helpful to check out any added amenities that might fit your specific needs.
Climate-controlled storage units
When it comes to valuable objects like a TV or computer, we recommend climate-controlled facilities—especially in areas with extreme temperatures. Climate control protects the organic materials in your furniture and clothes from humidity and heat and your electronics from the cold.
Furniture, electronics, books, and clothing are safest when stored in climate-controlled units. Check out our list of the Best Climate-Controlled Storage Companies to see who we recommend.
24-hour access storage units
Twenty-four-hour access storage units are less widely available than standard storage units but can be equally valuable. This added level of convenience is worth the extra price, especially if you plan on accessing your unit often or use the space to house expensive equipment.
For example, if you’re a DJ and you use a storage facility to store $10,000 worth of DJ equipment, returning it to your unit after a late-night gig is a much safer, more convenient option than leaving it in your car overnight.
Plus, some storage units even have 24/7 security guards, so you don’t have to wander around alone during those late-night visits.
A good way to gauge a storage facility’s security level is if they have video cameras and keypad entry in place. The cheaper the unit, the lower the level of security you should expect.
Storage unit insurance costs
The same way you’d want auto insurance before you drive your car, storage insurance can ease your worries about not being able to keep an eye on your things 24 hours a day.
Insurance deductibles for storage units range from $100 to $500, depending on the amount of coverage you opt for.
Of course, smaller and larger amounts of coverage are also available. The more expensive the insurance, the higher the coverage on vermin, flood, fire damage, etc.
Average storage insurance monthly rate
|Coverage amount||Cost per month|
|Cost per month|
Some facilities require their tenants to purchase insurance, but luckily most homeowners insurance policies also cover items in storage—just at a lower coverage limit.
Before you rent, speak with the facility’s manager about whether or not you need insurance.
Now that you’re an expert on all things storage units, here are a few steps to take before you commit:
- Figure out which type of storage units are available to rent in your area (i.e., interior or drive-up units), and find one that has the amenities you need (like full-service pickup and delivery).
- Pick a size that best suits your storage requirements. Here’s a refresher:
Compare storage unit prices
|Storage unit size||Best for||Average self-storage price (per month)|
|5’ x 5’||Few boxes, one or two furniture items||$60|
|5’ x 10'||Seasonal items (e.g., lawn mowers, boxes of Halloween decorations)||$70|
|10’ x 10’||A few rooms’ worth of stuff||$110|
|10’ x 15’ and 10’ x 20’||An entire home’s worth of stuff; cars, boats, ATVs, or motorcycles||$130–$180|
|Best for||Average self-storage price (per month)|
|Few boxes, one or two furniture items||$60|
|Seasonal items (e.g., lawn mowers, boxes of Halloween decorations)||$70|
|A few rooms’ worth of stuff||$110|
|An entire home’s worth of stuff; cars, boats, ATVs, or motorcycles||$130–$180|
- Talk with your storage facility to see if they require insurance, and check your homeowners insurance policy to see if you’re covered.
If you’re sold on the cost of renting a storage unit and want to know which companies are the best in the business, give our Best Self-Storage Companies list a read.
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