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Storage Unit Size Guide

Next to settling on a professional, friendly service and secure premises, the most important factor you have to consider if you’re looking for self storage is: ‘What size storage unit do I need?’

Simply put, as your storage provider we want to make sure that we provide you with the space you need, and at a competitive rate too. A convenient way to assess how large a storage unit you’ll need is to use our self storage size calculator and storage size guide below.

Here at Vanguard Self Storage, we have a range of self storage units in a variety of sizes available at our facilities in Bristol, London and Manchester. Feel free to use our guides to help with your storage needs.

If you need any further assistance, our friendly team are more than happy to help. Contact us today.

  • Personal Storage
  • Business Storage
  • 10sq ft Telephone box
  • 25sq ft 1/4 of a single car garage
  • 40sq ft Garden shed
  • 50sq ft Transit van
  • 100sq ft Single car garage
  • 150sq ft Double car garage
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10sq ft

This is our smallest unit, which is referred to as a locker. Lockers are ideal for storing a few boxes, suitcases or bags and are very popular with students for storage outside of term time.

Examples of personal storage uses:

  • Selection of seasonal sports equipment e.g. golf clubs.
  • A few suitcases for students over summer, or storage in preparation for planning a gap year travelling
  • Book, magazine or newspaper collections
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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25sq ft

This is one of our more popular smaller units, and is suitable for small items of furniture and boxes. Customers moving items into this size room might be using an estate car or small van to transport their goods. The size of the room corresponds roughly to the size of a small garden shed, and is ideal for those items in your home that are used seasonally.

Examples of personal storage uses:

  • Hobby equipment that you don’t want cluttering the house
  • Seasonal items e.g. decorations, camping equipment, summer tools
  • Medium size furniture items or appliances e.g. fridge, washer-dryer, dresser
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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40sq ft

This room is suitable for small consignments of furniture and boxes, and is likely to accommodate goods equivalent to those that could fit inside a typical transit van, a large garden size shed or a small one-person flat.

Examples of personal storage uses:

  • Kitchen appliances
  • Freeing space up in a garage or shed by storing seasonal items, motorbikes, or larger gardening tools
  • A small one-person flat’s worth of furniture, along with plenty of space for boxes
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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50sq ft

This is one of our most popular sizes, and is suitable for an apartment’s worth of items and furniture. Its capacity is similar to that of a mid-sized van.

Examples of personal storage uses:

  • All items from a standard-size studio flat
  • Large bulky furniture from a small flat, including large kitchen appliances
  • Perfect for renovation or moving day for a small flat
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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100sq ft

Often used as a room to store the contents of a 2-bedroom flat or small house. This size of room can also offer the convenience of circulation space, for example: if you need a room that gives space to store away or withdraw items frequently, then this is a good choice to give you room to manoeuvre.

Examples of personal storage uses:

  • Contents of 2-bedroom home, including large pieces of furniture
  • 3-piece suites, or large, awkwardly-shaped furniture
  • Furniture for a new nursery
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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150sq ft

This size is suitable for storage of consignments moved to store by truck and will normally accommodate the contents of a typical two or three-bedroomed house. Our 150 sq ft units will often be found at ground floor level within our stores for additional ease of access.

Examples of personal storage uses: 

  • Contents of entire three-bedroom home while moving or renovating 
  • Large, bulky furniture such as sofas, dining tables and beds
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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Need more space?

If 150sq ft isn’t enough for your requirements, don’t worry – for customers with large storage needs we can accommodate storage rooms of up to 1,000 sq ft or more. Please get in touch with our friendly team and see what we have to offer.

Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
  • 10sq ft Telephone box
  • 25sq ft 1/4 of a single car garage
  • 40sq ft Garden shed
  • 50sq ft Transit van
  • 100sq ft Single car garage
  • 150sq ft Double car garage
  • Need more space? Find out more

10sq ft

Similar in size to a telephone box, these small units are ideal for businesses who need to free up a bit of space or clutter – for example, if you’re moving desks and want to store your individual office belongings, or want to tidy up for an important visitor.

Examples of business storage uses:

  • Storing clutter away for a client visit, or when decorating
  • Temporary storage when moving desks
  • Roughly 10 average size storage boxes of archives, files or paperwork
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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25sq ft

Whilst on the smaller side, a 25 sq ft unit can still fit a small van’s worth of items and is ideal for storing away those infrequently used objects in your business, such as spare monitors, filing cabinets etc.

Examples of business storage uses:

  • One or two pieces of larger office furniture, or a van’s worth of smaller office furniture
  • Approximately 80 – 100 small boxes of files, archives, paperwork or stationary
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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40sq ft

If your small office is feeling a little cluttered and you want to free up some space, this size is the perfect choice. Alternatively, you may be moving small offices or are in need of a storeroom to stow away filing cabinets, spare equipment or stationery. 40 sq ft is also the perfect size to act as a small storeroom for your office.

Examples of business storage uses:

  • Moving small offices
  • Storage room for a smaller office for stationery, a few spare chairs and monitors etc
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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50sq ft

Perhaps you’re getting ready to set up a small office and need a place to keep the furniture and equipment until the fit-out is complete? Or maybe you simply need a secure place to store excess equipment and assets? Self storage is a convenient, affordable option for small businesses with these needs in mind.

Examples of business storage uses:

  • Ideal for keeping things safe during a business set-up, as it’s easily accessible and affordable until your premises are ready
  • Overspill store room for online or physical businesses
  • Storing paperwork e.g. 200 small boxes of files, or several large filing cabinets
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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100sq ft

This room is suitable for consignments of furniture and boxes that might be moved to storage via a small truck. At this size, the unit will not only comfortably store the contents of a small office, but can also act as a small warehouse for a business, saving money on renting premises. It can also be used to run an online store, saving you money on overheads

Examples of business storage uses:

  • A small warehouse space
  • Stockroom for physical or online business
  • A storage room for a medium-size business
  • Moving day for a small business
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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150sq ft

If your premises is on the smaller side, and you need to securely store additional stock or retail inventory, these are the answer. At this generous size, businesses can use these units as part of their premises. Able to fit in two large van loads, these units are some of the largest available and can be a valuable business asset, acting as a handy, affordable storage room or warehouse.

Examples of business storage uses:

  • Storing retail inventory for an online store, saving you money on renting premises for your online business.
  • Holding construction equipment
  • Overspill from a medium-sized office
Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.
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Need more space?

If 150sq ft isn’t enough for your requirements, don’t worry – for businesses with large storage needs we can accommodate storage rooms of up to 1,000 sq ft or more. Please get in touch with our friendly team and see what we have to offer.

Dimensions may vary per unit. Please get in touch with your local branch for more details.

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Very professional and helpful staff will coordinate storage and even removal. HIghly recommendable.
Suenaga Masami
Suenaga Masami
16:41 27 Nov 20
I used to live here before i met my third wife Lindsey and moved back to the countryside. People are often surprised when i tell them that i used to live in London. "how much did that cost you" they ask. The answer: just about £5000 a year. I love to look at the shock on their face as i answer their question; and they always follow with this same question ;) "How on G-D's green earth did you live in central London for £5000 a year?" Simple, i didn't buy or rent any of those overpriced apartments and houses, i lived in a storage unit. This storage unit, to be exact!This is a prime piece of real-estate and i really loved living here, just a short walk away from Mayfair, lovely job. I lived in a 40sq ft storage unit/ apartment, it was thantastic, i had everything i would ever need: Bed, Barbecue, Baby wipes. Simple living.I lived in London during a brief period in my life; in between my second marriage, and my third marriage. Those were the second best days of my life, second only, to my time in the Royal Marines. There will always be a special place in my heart for W1 Self Storage in Central London.
Todd Fulham
Todd Fulham
11:13 27 Nov 20
I recently rented a storage space here on behalf of my employer and I can't recommend it highly enough. The best thing is absolutely the staff - I dealt with Alastair who I found to be efficient and helpful well over and above the call of duty. It was also the cheapest locker I found in Central London. The location is very central and easy to get to and the security is very impressive. I have no doubts about the safety of the items being stored, and would heartily recommend Vanguard W1 to anyone looking for a safe, affordable, Central London storage facility, with the bonus of top notch staff.
Natalie Kubicki
Natalie Kubicki
10:38 17 Nov 20
I had to move my belongings from my room to a storage while being outside of UK. If a moving is stressful, a remote one is even worst but this guys made it as smooth as possible, following every step of it with kindness, great advices and very professionally. I am really very pleased and relieved. Thank you very much to Amal and Bhupen for all your help! I highly recommend Vanguard Storage.
Alida Pantone
Alida Pantone
13:59 11 Oct 20
I live around the corner and was walking around and realised there is self storage 2mins from my property. I popped in and the lovely gentleman who served me was both professional and efficient. I would rate the service very highly and it is also well priced given that it’s right in the heart of London
Tooba Ahmed
Tooba Ahmed
20:24 22 Sep 20
Ryan and Bhupen both exceptional service. Would happily recommend vanguard to colleagues.
Sean Dunne
Sean Dunne
09:16 22 Sep 20
Super central storage space. The van I rented was too big to fit inside the parking lot but Alastair helped me carry all my belongings down to the storage which was a massive help. Would highly recommend for the location and the friendly staff.
Emily Lanzer
Emily Lanzer
11:00 09 Sep 20
Very well guided & help remotely my enquiry despite being in overseas by the covering Manager Bhupen
FILIPPO CERNETTI
FILIPPO CERNETTI
08:03 07 Sep 20
Very convenient location, easy rental process, no fuss cancellation. Excellent service overall
Eduard Viladesau Franquesa
Eduard Viladesau Franquesa
11:12 30 Aug 20
Staff are friendly and helpful and the storage units are spacious and clean. Excellent service!
Livvy Haysler
Livvy Haysler
19:32 17 Aug 20
Outstanding customer service! We had a great experience of dealing with Vanguardstorage and received a highly professional communication and transparent guidance from the general sales manager Alastair. Highly recommend!
Maria Rakhmanova
Maria Rakhmanova
16:26 13 Aug 20
I have been very satisfied with this storage facilities. Central, affordable and the service has always been exceptional! Thank you again Joao Monteiro for your great support every time our company needed.
Yoann Foechterle
Yoann Foechterle
16:21 17 Feb 20
I’ve been truly impressed by W1 Vanguard Storage. The easy-to-access location near Oxford Circus was perfect and the highly secured/monitored facility made me feel my belongings were in the best care. The staff was extremely knowledgeable and professional and provided excellent customer survive. From location to high tech security to the excellent customer service, I always left my storage unit confident I made the right choice storing at W1 Storage. I highly recommend W1 Vanguard Storage to anyone looking for the best facility for the best value in the area.
W C
W C
11:04 13 Feb 20
João was very responsive, always willing to help, answered all my annoying questions and provided all-round a great service. Would definitely recommend him and this storage to anyone in central London. :)
Filipa Carreira
Filipa Carreira
09:56 06 Feb 20
The facilities were very clean and the front desk manager, Jay, was very helpful with anything I needed. I would recommend.
Meagan Myers
Meagan Myers
12:12 29 Jan 20
We've been customers of W1 Self Storage in Queen Ann's Mews since 2015. Our experience has been entirely positive the environment is clean and well managed with easy access day and night. Jay the manager is outstanding - always helpful and supportive. Great West End location.
Peter Welch
Peter Welch
12:31 22 Jan 20
Excellent and conveniently placed storage facility. Very kind and welcoming staff, good and fair policy. A company with common sense, which is hard to come by.
Tulani Pama
Tulani Pama
15:38 21 Nov 19
THIS STORAGE SPACE IS VERY MODERN, CLEAN AND SECURE. REASONABLY PRICED UNITS CONVENIENTLY LOCATED IN CENTRAL LONDON. TO TOP IT ALL OFF THE FRIENDLY STAFF PROVIDED ME WITH A++ CUSTOMER SERVICE. I WOULD DEFINITELY RECOMMEND VANGUARD TO ANYONE IN NEED OF STORAGE IN LONDON.
O O
O O
17:53 15 Nov 19
I had a good experience with W1 Storage - I had a small unit for around 2 years and the conditions and access were always good. Jay handled the account well and when I gave notice, instructions were clear and I received my part month refund promptly. Recommended
Ross Bryan
Ross Bryan
12:00 05 Nov 19
I had a great experience with W1 self storage. The staff, especially Joao, were very helpful, professional, and timely with correspondence. The units (in the basement of a garage) were relatively clean, dry, and secure. I will use them again if needed.
Amber Pitts
Amber Pitts
15:09 04 Nov 19
It has been an excellent experience. People are very helpful, services are excellent, everything is straight forward. The conditions of the contract are easy and without hidden terms, the conditions of getting out of it, are even more simple. I wish I could always find '' a w1 ''' for my company 's needs.
Ελπίδα Τσιτσάνη
Ελπίδα Τσιτσάνη
13:21 24 Sep 19
Good storage in the heart of the city. Very helpful staff. W1 have saved me when the time of moving.
Prapatsorn Lertluechachai
Prapatsorn Lertluechachai
12:42 20 Sep 19
Excellent service, I use this place when in London. Jay is been there all this time, so it's really easy to go through the move-in process.
Nikolina Kotur
Nikolina Kotur
10:28 12 Sep 19
I had a great experience with Vanguard at Oxford Circus. It was a good clean facility with easy access and great security. The guys there were super helpful. I would definitely use them again.
Mark Barrett
Mark Barrett
13:15 09 Sep 19
Joao is very helpful and assisted me all throughout the process of having my storage unit. He responded to emails very quickly and didn’t hesitate to explain things again if I was unsure about something. Very pleased with my experience.
JULIA SELMAN
JULIA SELMAN
12:12 09 Sep 19
Used W1 now for 4-5 years and always dealt with Jay Monteiro. A great guy - always helpful and kind. Good storage facility and perfect for our needs!
Sunil Shah
Sunil Shah
12:29 28 Aug 19
Used W1 now for 4-5 years and always dealt with Jay Monteiro. A great guy - always helpful and kind. Good storage facility and perfect for our needs!
Sunil Shah
Sunil Shah
12:29 28 Aug 19
Amazing place, amazing service, amazing location. Communication was easy and fast, all our questions were answered promptly. Alistair Allman was beyond helpful, welcoming, and cooperative. He walked us through the process, recommended certain services, explained procedures and was extremely patient with our many questions. We were looking for a storage service as we prepared my daughter for university and are very happy to have chosen them. We highly recommend their services. Thank you Alistair for all your help.
sarah alshafei
sarah alshafei
12:34 21 Aug 19
Great service & super convenient. Joao and the team are really helpful! Would definitely recommend :)
Emma Brind
Emma Brind
12:34 23 Jul 19
Their were really helpful and especially Jay went above and beyond to assist me. I highly recommend this place and Jay, finally I had time to do the review, thank you so much for your help!
Alina Danai
Alina Danai
12:38 12 Jul 19
While I was looking for a temp storage my only resource at the time was Google maps..called a few places and chose W1 Self Storage.I'm happy I did. Everyone was super friendly, the location is convenient, access is easy and the storage facility is clean. If I ever need to store my things again..I'll for sure come back here.Shout out to Joao and Amal, it was a pleasure doing business with you ;)
Ale Espino
Ale Espino
16:15 09 Jul 19
Excellent security measures. Smooth, uncomplicated operation. Jay was very helpful.
Tara Drew
Tara Drew
08:59 26 Jun 19
From our initial enquiry to actually put the items into storage Jay was brilliant. Confirming by telephone to make sure we were happy and then again to check our timings closer to the arrival date. Upon arrival the process with Jay was seamless and everything was explained in detail.
A. Hasoon
A. Hasoon
08:59 20 Jun 19
From our initial enquiry to actually put the items into storage Jay was brilliant. Confirming by telephone to make sure we were happy and then again to check our timings closer to the arrival date. Upon arrival the process with Jay was seamless and everything was explained in detail.
A. Hasoon
A. Hasoon
08:59 20 Jun 19
Super useful storage based in the HEART of London. It’s easy to access with a car, and they have 2 months at -50% when you start a contract with them. I didn’t use all the days I had paid for and got a refund and my deposit back smoothly, thanks Jay!!
Thais Ondet
Thais Ondet
17:00 08 May 19
Highly recommended - Joao is super friendly and helpful! We've been storing our stuff here on and off for the past few years and had great experiences every time.
Jennifer Lee
Jennifer Lee
21:13 07 May 19
Very courteous and helpful. Gives immediate help with loan of trolleys when necessary
keith louch
keith louch
15:25 30 Apr 19
I've had the pleasure of working with Jay for the last two months at Vanguard.. I couldn't ask for or imagine a better point of contact - he is consistently helpful, addressing all of my queries and requests immediately (and there have been MANY!), taking stress out of managing storage for our constantly-fluctuating needs.. Honestly, it is the most pain-free experience I have ever dealt with when it comes to working with vendors.. I highly recommend using Vanguard for ANY storage needs..
Annie Gaudet
Annie Gaudet
10:25 24 Apr 19
Excellent service and responsiveness from staff. A very convenient location and the storage facilities are clean and easy to access.
G R
G R
18:03 29 Mar 19
Amazing service and very friendly staff. They helped with my storage at a very short period of time, and really appreciate the flexibility they are offering to make sure I have a secured unit. Clean and safe storage in Central London, I do highly recommend it. The only issue I had was the height restriction in the carpark, it didn't allow Luton vans to drive inside and park right outside the storage, but speak to the staff there and they are happy to offer solutions. Make sure to mention this to the man & van or removal companies too so they have an idea. It worked out fine for me with the loading, just took a little longer.
Ellie W
Ellie W
13:49 18 Mar 19
Really nice experience here with Jay, I was not 100% sure of what size unit to go for but at no point did I feel I was being pressured to take a larger unit. Every point of the process was explained in detail clearly for me. thanks very much.
John Reynolds
John Reynolds
18:33 16 Mar 19
So super helpful! A great convenient storage facility! Thank you so much! Garry
Garry Rose
Garry Rose
13:31 15 Mar 19
I had 2 storage units here for over a year and was really impressed with the efficiency, safety and accessibility. Joao was friendly and helped me a great deal moving in and moving out.
Katie Keight
Katie Keight
11:12 15 Mar 19
Was a super nice visit. The customer service was excellent - I was received by a young lady named Amal - she was a very lovely lad. I came in at the start of my visit somewhat stressed, but she answered all my queries, and even helped give me some personal advise (my boyfriend cheated on me countless times and he had the audacity to kick ME out). Anyway, I didn't have anywhere to stay and all this extra stuff with no idea where to store it, but coming here really saved my life. Will definitely visit again! And will definitely recommend to others!
Random Highs
Random Highs
16:40 15 Dec 18
Very well run and managed storage facility with excellent security in Central London. I have been a customer for a couple of years now and have always found the organisation and efficiency to be first class. I have primarily dealt with Joao for whom nothing is ever too much trouble. He is professional, courteous and always helpful. Would highly recommend this facility.
C Healy
C Healy
08:03 06 Sep 18
Very straight forward and easy to use service. From the first enquiry on the internet to the first phone query the service was excellent and very friendly.In person the help and service from Jay was excellent and really helpful.
Gregory Davis
Gregory Davis
14:46 29 Aug 18
I have been using W1 Self Storage for over 3 years, their facility is very clean and well lit compared to other Storage units in the area. The manager Joao is very helpful and the main reason I renew the contract every year. Thanks
Adel Martelli
Adel Martelli
18:10 21 Aug 18
We have been so pleased with the service and quality of W1 Self Storage and the manager Joao. He is so helpful and has worked with us to upgrade our unit as needed over the last year or so. We would highly recommend using their facilities and services. They are friendly, polite and always willing to help in anyway they can. The facility is secure and very user friendly.
Tamara Soliz
Tamara Soliz
22:07 10 Aug 18
Amazing location and exceptional service. Jay and his team are extremely kind and make sure everything works seamlessly. I recommend W1 Self Storage to all my friends!
Ferdinand Droulers
Ferdinand Droulers
12:39 08 Aug 18
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