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Practical Sizing Guide to Help Plan Your Next Move

“How much storage space do I need?” This question comes up at least once during any project. Whether it’s a move or a renovation, it’s nice to have the answer to “what size storage container do I need?”

While we wish we could know the exact size you specifically need, we wanted to help make your project as easy as it can be. So until we can read your mind, we’ve made a guide to help you plan and find exactly how big of a mobile storage container you’ll need.

How To Use This Guide

We’ve gathered the average sizes for many objects found in a typical business or home. Using our handy tool below, you can either calculate based on how many of an item you have or find an object of a similar size. So that custom desk may not be on our list, but you know it’s the same size as an average desk, give or take an inch.


Standard Table Dimensions (Inches)

Tables

Height

Width

Length

Bedside

26

15

19

Buffet

34

24

60

Card

30

36

36

Coffee

19

18

36-48

Conference

30

36

96

Dining

29

40

64

End

20

17

28

Hall

27

15

55

Kitchen

29

36

60

Picnic

28

36

72

Poker

29

48

48

Printer

26

22

26

Sofa

26

14

72

Workstation

26

30

48

Standard Chair Dimensions (Inches)

Chairs

Seat Width

Seat Depth

Seat Height

Seat Height

Barstool

17

17

30

42

Dining, Side

19

19

18

36

Dining, Arm

24

18

18

36

Easy

25

26

17

31

Kitchen

19

19

19

34

Kitchen Stool

12

12

27

42

Rocker

20

26

16

40

Upholstered

30

26

16

Standard Chest Dimensions (Inches)

Chests

Height

Width

Depth

Lowboy (7” leg)

36

36

18

Tall Chest (6” leg)

54

36

18

Bookcase (Paperbacks)

38

36

7

Bookcase (Hardbound)

50

36

10

Blanket

24

36

19

Cedar

20

40

19

Buffet

34

50

20

Standard Mattress Dimensions (Inches)

Mattresses

Height

Width

Length

Twin (Regular)

6

38

75

Twin (Long)

6

38

80

Double/Full

8

53

75

Queen

8

60

80

King

10

76

80

King (Calif.)

10

72

84

The Facts

Before we get into how much you can fit into a shipping container, we should talk about a mobile storage container’s size and dimensions; for this example, we’ll use our containers for reference. Let’s break down the three sizes we offer and how much a shipping container costs to rent: 

10′ Container

$119/mth

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 10′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 9′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″


20′ Container

$149/mth

+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 20′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 19′ 5″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″

40′ Container

Call for price

+ delivery & pick-up fees

Exterior Dimensions

Length: 40′

Width: 8′

Height: 8′ 6″

Interior Dimensions

Length: 39′ 3/8″

Width: 7′ 8 1/8″

Height: 7′ 9 5/8″


We offer three different sizes to rent, which means whether you’re storing extra office furniture or packing up your bachelor pad, we’ll have a size fit for your needs.

FACT: Our storage containers are all ISO certified, meaning they’re the standard for shipping dry goods all over the world. You can rest easy knowing your items are in the same type of secure container they were sent in from the factory.

All of our shipping containers are equipped with lock guards and are wind, water, fire and rodent proof. Your items will be in the same condition you store them in and include vents so that the container’s climate will never be a problem. All of our containers have hardwood flooring and handy hoops so you can secure your belongings, ensuring nothing shifts if you decide to move your container. 

One of the benefits of using a portable storage container is that you can choose between onsite storage or keeping it at our storage facility. No matter your choice, we ask that you have at least 14 feet of vertical clearance, ensuring overhead wires and other obstacles don’t prevent delivery. To put it simply, our containers are made to stand whatever challenge you throw at them!

Onsite Storage For Businesses 

A portable storage container makes a great all year onsite storage locker! A business can extend its storage capabilities with a portable storage container without worrying about transporting stock to another location. We bring the box, you pack, and when you’re finished, we take it back – it’s that easy. 

But what about if you’re looking to make more space? Depending on where you are, social distancing measures at work could mean having to rethink the office layout to accommodate for things like: 

  • people need to work 6 feet apart
  • Shields to be installed whenever possible 
  • no more than ten at a time 
  • easy to clean surfaces 

Instead of having to worry about figuring out what can be thrown out, why not save your office furniture? That way, you won’t have to worry about buying more once things get back to normal, and you can provide your employees with the option to work at the office safely! And don’t worry about storing electronics. Our containers are ISO certified waterproof storage spaces, meaning your electronics will be in the same condition as when you stored them. 

Construction Storage 

What if your workplace has items a little bigger than the typical office desk? Our shipping containers make the perfect storage space for power tools and machinery used for home renovations and construction.

Items like power drills, bandsaws and sanders can be stored in our containers, and you can rest easy knowing that they have tough steel walls keeping them safe. If you’re looking to keep your tools safe and out of the way, you can keep them at our storage facility! 

Once you’ve decided you want to store your container at our facility, our drivers will swing by and pick up your container. That’s it! As long as you’ve packed things securely, you can have peace of mind knowing :

  • Only you have the key to your lock
  • our containers are made of 1.5-inch thick steel walls
  • Are kept at our secure and monitored storage facility. 

Keep in mind, no combustible chemicals, batteries, organic substances, food or gas of any kind can be stored inside our containers. If you know the items you’re keeping need specific climate-controlled storage spaces for temperature and humidity, it’s best to find specialized facilities. 

Storage For Home

Now you might be wondering, do I need storage for my residential home? You’d be surprised by how much space you have, and while you may not be losing yourself in keepsakes, you could be missing out on some opportunities. Whether your basement, attic or garage is your current storage space, think of what you could be using those rooms for:

  • Mancave 
  • Study
  • Craft room
  • Spare room
  • Rental space 
  • Workshop
  • Gym

These are just a few of the possibilities you could be sleeping on, and a mobile storage container lets you reclaim your space. 

What’s best about using a portable storage container from MSR is just how versatile our service is. As long as you have at least 14 feet vertically to store your container, you can take however long you need! So , your home reno project can include a fresh paint job,  no rush required. And if you decide that you want to put things away but not onsite, we’re happy to take your items to our container storage facility. 

So What Are You Waiting For?

Whether you’re thinking about turning your shed into an office or looking to keep some things out of harm’s way, there’s plenty of reasons for you to use a portable shipping container. And don’t forget to check out our free packing checklist for a comprehensive guide to making your next move as easy as it can be! 

Were you thinking about using a storage container during the winter months? Check out our blog with seven tips to make your winter project a chill time. Are you interested in renting a storage container right now? Once you know what size of the container you’ll need, fill out the form below for a quick quote and start thinking inside the box with Mobile Storage Rentals. 

How to pack a storage container

10 Helpful Tips For Packing A Storage Container

Moving is a stressful and chaotic time. It can challenge our sanity – and often does. How could it not? There are so many things to remember. 

Despite our best efforts, sometimes important details get overlooked. But don’t worry – we’re here to be your safety net and catch any details you miss. 

So, let’s get to why you’re here…how do you pack a storage container?

It might seem like a simple question, but it’s an important one, even if it’s not at the forefront of our minds when we are trying to move an entire home. 

Storage containers are very useful when moving your home or business. They offer a durable, waterproof storage solution that gives you the time and the space to pack properly. Our steel shipping containers offer self-enclosed storage, eliminating rodent or bug problems, and because they are made to transport items long distances they also make great long-term storage options.

No matter your reason for using a Mobile Storage Rentals storage container, follow our 10 tips for packing a storage container to make sure you’re making the most of the space and your belongings arrive in-tact. 


1. Make a Plan

You should start with a game plan. Make a list of your large furniture, fragile items, and awkwardly shaped objects and decide on their order and placement.

Whether you’re moving, renovating, or simply storing items, it’s important you plan it out so you don’t bury something important you’ll need to access.

Her are a few important questions to ask yourself:

  • Will you need to access these items on short notice?
  • Will certain items need to be loaded in a specific order?
  • How many heavy items do I have? (More on this below…)
  • How much space will I need? What is my largest piece of furniture?
  • What does the new layout of my home look like?
  • Will I have to move the living room in before the kitchen?

BONUS TIP:

Now that you have a plan, you can organize your boxes by the size and quantity and label them by room for easy packing later.


2. Stock Up On Supplies

Moving all of your belongings requires a lot of supplies. Some people buy new while others try to source greener options, but either way ensure you’re prepared to pack!

Here are some supplies we suggest to make moving easier: 

  • Moving boxes of all sizes
  • Packing tape for securing items and sealing boxes
  • Spare scissors or exacto knife 
  • Bubble wrap or newspapers
  • Moving blankets
  • Water bottles and snacks
tips for packing a storage container - supply list

No move will ever go exactly to plan, so make sure you have extra supplies. It’s better to be safe than sorry! It’s also important to stay hydrated and fed on moving day – with a busy schedule, simple snacks like granola bars and fruit are an easy solution.

BONUS TIP:

Don’t forget to consolidate your cleaning supplies by packing a basic kit that includes items like rags and cleaning products so you can clean as you unpack. 



3. Secure Your Belongings

No one wants to see their belongings damaged or lost. Luckily, when you use our storage containers, we ensure that your belongings are safely secured. 

Each Mobile Storage Rental shipping container is equipped with easy-to-locate anchor hoops. You can use rope, ratchet straps, or bungee cords to secure your belongings. This is a very important step you shouldn’t skip.

When you’re securing any top-heavy or awkward objects, be sure they are strapped in tightly. This guarantees nothing is damaged by it shifting or sliding during transit. We want to ensure the safety of everyone involved during your move, as well as protect your belongings. 

You can find more information on how to secure your belongings here.


4. Cover Up!

Once you’ve placed your large belongings in your storage container, it’s important to protect surfaces that can be scratched, dented or chipped. Wrap furniture in blankets, bubble wrap, or lay down cardboard to protect items like hardwood tables, paintings, and mirrors. 

BONUS TIP:
Pack your glassware and electronics in furniture like wardrobes and desks. Use newspaper to fill in the gaps. Make the most of your space and keep your valuables safe!


5. Distribute the Weight Evenly

It’s important to keep in mind how you will distribute weight throughout the container. To avoid tipping your container, evenly distribute the weight throughout the storage container. A typical mistake is stacking all of your heavy furniture at the back while the front is full of boxes.

Ask yourself: 

  • Am I loading too much on one side of the storage container?
  • How far is the container travelling?
  • Any sudden turns along the way?
  • Will I be able to access my items easily with this layout?
  • Am I using space efficiently?


6. Pack Your Container Tightly

Try to pack your container tightly to prevent shifting during transport. Use your plan from step one, layer objects on one another to weigh them down, and fit items together to interlock them and reduce shifting.

As you pack, look for any spaces where objects can shift or fall over and fill them in with pillows, clothing, towels, or blankets. You can also s
tand couches on their end to allow for more floor space. (For leather couches, covering it and standing it on its end protects the leather from ripping due to weight.) Use your packing tape to make sure all drawers and cabinets are tapped shut. 

Our loading and shipping procedures ensure your container will not be subject to any steep tilting or sudden turns, but it’s still a good idea to pack your possessions tightly for added protection.




7. Keep Stability in Mind

Make sure you have a stable load by using boxes that are roughly the same size and structurally sound. If you’re reusing boxes, you can reinforce them with your packing tape. 

To make the process of unpacking a breeze, label your boxes to identify contents quickly and keep a record of what items are where. 

Place heavier items on the floor and stack lighter things on top. Do not pile items too high – try to keep it an even height.


BONUS TIP:
Take into consideration the changes in humidity and temperature while your belongings are in a Mobile Storage container. Our containers are waterproof, but if temperatures change some objects may be at risk of damage. 



8. Be Mindful of Access

If you are using a container for an extended period, consider what objects you might need to access and place them near the front of the shipping container. Things like important documents, medications, or electronics.

Another thing to keep in mind is to make a path so you can enter your container without unpacking. If you find that you have a lot of items that you need on a daily basis (or if you are planning to store your shipping container at our storage facility) consider using luggage to keep essential items with you.

BONUS TIP: 
Keep your important documents in a plastic or metal container that will be easy to identify and won’t be susceptible to water damage.


9. Long-Term Packing

How long are you planning on using the storage container? Some people use our containers for months as a long-term storage solution. If you’re planning to do this, consider the following:

  • Can my items be damaged by sudden drops or rises in temperature?
  • Can my items be affected by humidity?
  • Are there items that can attract insects or other pests?
  • Are mildew and other factors like odour and fire safety a possibility?

Here are some more expert tips to consider if you’re using our storage containers for several months:


    • If you’re storing fabrics and furniture that can absorb odours, consider leaving an open box of baking soda to absorb any unpleasant smells.
    • To protect your items from water damage, inspect your storage container on arrival with the driver to ensure your container is free of any cracks or leaks.
    • Store cardboard boxes and containers with paper documents off the ground.
    • Avoid storing items like pet food, food items, or plants as these can attract insects and other pests.
    • Take preventative fire safety measures by planning ahead and unplugging all electronics 24 hours prior to packing them and removing all batteries.
    • Under no circumstances should you store chemicals or aerosol cans in your shipping container as sudden changes in temperature can cause these items to combust or release toxic vapours.
    • Take into consideration humidity and mildew by storing items that are 100% dry and packing items with a desiccant, like silica gel packets, to absorb moisture.


10. Always Lock Up

You must provide your own lock for your storage container; remember to store the the key or combination in a safe place. Even if the storage container will remain on your property, it is essential to buy a lock that only you have the means to unlock.

If your shipping container is being kept at one of Mobile Storage Rentals storage facilities, having your own second lock is an added measure.

 

Ready to start packing?

Contact us today for your free quote.