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5x5 Storage Units

What Fits in a 5' x 5' Storage Unit?

5' x 5' is typically the smallest storage unit size offered in the self-storage industry and one of the most popular sizes out there. Despite its modest dimensions, the 5' by 5' storage unit can hold an impressive selection of items ranging from collectibles and clothing to seasonal decorations and small furniture. In many cases, it's the ideal size.

On this page, learn more about 5' x 5' storage unit size—what fits and what doesn't—and reserve your unit here at Stor-It today!

5' x 5' Storage: Great Fits and No-Gos

When it comes to self storage, bigger isn't always better. A 5 by 5 storage unit can fit more than most people think. Not to mention, opting for a larger unit may leave you with excess space and an excessively large monthly bill.

So, how big is a 5' x 5' storage unit? Each one provides 25 square feet and are roughly the size of a closet. Whatever you can fit in a modest-sized closet should fit in a storage unit with these dimensions. So yes, a handful of boxes will fit in a small storage unit like this one, but your 12-piece dining set and motorcycle likely won't.

  • What fits: 5' x 5' storage units can hold several stacks of large moving boxes, as well as seasonal supplies, collectibles, and small furniture items.
  • What doesn't fit: If you have an item that can't fit in your closet, then it probably can't fit in your 5' x 5' storage unit. Items that will need bigger storage include beds, couches, motor vehicles, and several rooms' worth of boxes.

Other Items That Can Fit Into a 5' x 5' Unit

Here are some examples of the items that may fit in your 5' by 5' storage unit:

  • Recreational gear and sports equipment, such as tents, skis, or bikes
  • Landscaping and gardening tools
  • Seasonal clothing
  • A few chairs and stools
  • A desk, dresser, bookcase, or small end tables
  • Twin or full mattresses
  • Five to eight cardboard boxes
  • File cabinets

How Do You Pack a 5x5 Storage Unit?

We recommend organizing any storage unit by priority. You'll want to place the boxes or belongings you'll access most frequently closest to the front of your 5' x 5' storage unit so you can reach them with ease. Those you don't plan to need anytime soon can go further in the back.

Next, we suggest starting from the bottom and stacking up toward the ceiling. To keep from crushing your belongings, place your heaviest items on the bottom and your lightest or most fragile ones on top.

Finally, since you're working with a compact area, it's a good idea to disassemble furniture into smaller pieces. You can also pack items in drawers and shelves to take advantage of additional space.

Learn More and Reserve Your 5' x 5' Storage Unit at Stor-It

Still not sure if a 5' x 5' storage unit is the right choice for you? Our team at Stor-It is here to help. Use our storage organization guide and storage unit size calculator tools to get an accurate spatial estimate based on your storage needs. Next, take a look at the available storage units at each of our Idaho self-storage locations. Once you've done that, schedule a tour to find a 5' x 5' storage unit near you today!