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What is self storage?

Self storage is a flexible, affordable way to store:
  • Personal belongings
  • Household furniture and furnishings
  • Business stock (ideal for online retailers)
  • Business archives, tools and equipment.
  • Student belongings during holidays
As the sole keyholder to your unit, you can access it as often as you like and add or remove items whenever needed. Storage units are usually rented by the week, and you can keep yours for as long as you like.
 

What are the different types of self storage?

There are several types of self storage options to choose from. Which one is right for you will depend on what you plan to store, how long you need storage for, and how readily you need access to your belongings. 
 

Indoor Storage Options

  • Self storage units
Self storage units are housed within secure buildings, and each unit is secured with its own lock or keypad to which you would be the only person with access. Many stores can be accessed 24 hours a day all year round, or have long opening hours.

Many units have drive-up access and use of covered loading bays to make it easier for you to move larger items in and out of storage; forklift trucks and pallet trucks may also be available.

Units range in size from 10 sq ft lockers (great for student storage, left luggage and small business archives), to warehouse sized spaces of 500 sq ft+. 
  • ​Warehouse storage
Businesses that need to store large equipment, plant and machinery may look to rent or purchase warehouse space and hire security personnel to guard it. Warehouse storage is usually rented on a long-term basis under a traditional commercial lease and may attract tax liabilities.
 

Outdoor Storage Options 

  • Storage containers

Large, steel storage containers may be delivered to you to be kept on your land, and are generally marketed towards business users. 

Some are available as external storage units at self storage stores, and may be the most suitable option for storing large commercial equipment, boats or vehicles (though you may have to remove any flammable liquids).

  • Lockups
Lockups were the go-to storage option for many years before the self storage industry became established in the UK. These are typically privately rented garages with security limited to a lock on the up-and-over door. 
 

Mobile Storage Options

  • ‘Pod’ storage
If you don’t have your own transport to take belongings to a self storage store, you could arrange for a storage unit to be delivered to your home or place of work. 

You can fill your unit yourself, or pay for the storage company to load it for you, and it can either be kept at your location or taken away to be stored at the storage company’s own facilities until you need it back. 
  • Box storage
This is designed for smaller items that you don’t need easy access to. Boxes are delivered to your home or business, you fill them with whatever you need to store, and they are taken to a secure storage facility until you need them back.
 


Why do people typically use self storage?

Self storage is used by individuals to store personal/household belongings, and businesses to store commercial items.
 

Personal storage 

You may find that you need self storage space as a result of major life events such as downsizing, moving in together, separation or expanding your family. It might also be needed for:
  1. Decluttering - essential if you have visitors staying with you for special occasions, or just to give you more space in your home. 
  2. Renovating or redecorating - it’s much easier (and cleaner!) to carry out improvements to your home without having to move the furniture around!
  3. Moving home - you might need to store your household contents for a few days or weeks between selling your house and moving into your new home.
  4. Renting out your home or a room - you might want to make some extra money by renting out your property on AirBnB; guests will expect a clutter-free environment with plenty of space to store their belongings during their stay.

Business storage 

Storage for stock, tools and equipment needs to be versatile and easily accessible to prevent delays and maximise efficiency. Your business might benefit from self storage if:
  1. You have archives that need to be stored securely without taking up valuable space in your office.
  2. Your business is growing and has stock, tools and equipment that you can no longer safely store in your existing premises (opting for self storage might be cheaper than moving to larger premises).
  3. You’re an online retailer and you need somewhere to store your goods that you can access quickly and easily to send on to your customers, without taking up room at home.
  4. Your stock fluctuates during the year, and you need short-term storage for extra stock during busy periods.
  5. You need to store your office furniture whilst you move premises.

Student storage 

Self storage is really useful for students during the holidays. It’s more secure than leaving belongings in empty dorms, and less hassle than trying to find space for your stuff at home.


What can you store in a storage unit?

You can store almost anything in a storage unit, whether for personal/household or business purposes.
  • Personal storage units could be used for storing:
  • Bulky unseasonable clothes;
  • Christmas decorations;
  • Camping or sports equipment;
  • Garden furniture over winter months;
  • Excess furniture or furnishings after downsizing or moving in with a partner;
  • Household contents during a house move;
  • Student belongings over the holidays.

Businesses can use self storage for a number of purposes, including:

Storing stock (especially if you’re an online retailer, or have fluctuating stock levels throughout the year);
Keeping tools, equipment and machinery safe and secure yet easily accessible;
When moving offices or business premises, to keep your furniture and equipment clean, safe and dry.
 

What can’t you store 

Whilst you can store most items in a self storage unit, there are certain items that cannot be stored, mainly for safety reasons.  We do not permit the storage of:
  • Hazardous goods, toxic materials
  • Pollutants, contaminants, waste
  • Perishable goods, live animals, living plants
  • Cash and securities, illegal goods
  • Explosives, firearms, ammunitions

Why do I need self storage insurance? 

Whilst belongings housed in a self storage unit with Safestore are as secure as possible, with CCTV, alarm systems and fire safety systems in place, we require that you take out insurance to cover the value of your stored belongings on a new-for-old basis in the very unlikely event that something happens to your belongings whilst in storage.  This is an industry standard and all reputable storage providers will require insurance. You can take out a policy that we offer, or you can provide proof of a valid policy you have taken out elsewhere as long as it is an equivalent level of cover.  Please see our FAQs for further information.
 

How Self Storage Works at Safestore

Self Storage has never been so easy at Safestore

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    Select a store

    To find your nearest store, enter a location and choose from 122 stores nationwide. Stores are open 7 days a week with 24 hour access to many safe and secure storage rooms.

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    Choose your room size and length of stay

    Choose a storage room size and tell us how long you need it for. We have videos and sizing tools to help you with flexible and secure options for storing from as little as one week.

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    Reserve your room

    To ensure your selected room is available, you can reserve your room for free online, by phone or in store – no commitment.

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    Packing & Transport

    We offer various packing materials to make sure your belongings are secure and well packed, and we can also provide transport options to help you move your things safely to our store.

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    Move in

    You should arrive at store with ID, sign your storage agreement and arrange insurance cover. Then you’re ready to move into your storage room. You’re the sole key holder and all our rooms are secure and covered by 24 hour recorded CCTV and intruder alarms.

Storing business items with us can help your business grow

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    Select a store

    To find your nearest store, enter a location and choose from 120 stores nationwide. Stores are open 7 days a week with 24 hour access to many safe and secure storage rooms.

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    Choose your room size and length of stay

    Choose a storage unit size and tell us how long you need it for. We have videos and sizing tools to help you with flexible and secure options for storing from as little as one week. If you'd like an office space from which to run your business, please locate your chosen store and give us a call.

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    Reserve your room

    To ensure your selected room is available, you can reserve your room online, by phone or in store - no deposit required – no commitment.

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    Packing & Transport

    We offer a range of packing materials to make sure your goods are securely packed. We also offer a range of transport options to help you move your things to our stores along with access to large loading bays, goods lifts, pallet trucks and a forklift service in selected stores.

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    Move in

    You should arrive at store with ID and sign your flexible storage contract. Then you’re ready to move into your storage room. You’re the sole key holder and all rooms are secure and covered by 24 hour recorded CCTV, fire and intruder alarms. Plus, we can accept deliveries on your behalf to help you run your business more smoothly.


Storage Sizes

We have various storage room sizes across all 125+ Safestore centers. Below you will find some helpful information about each room size: including size comparison with something you will be more familiar with, and informing you roughly what items and how many you can fit in it...

Storage Sizes

We have various storage room sizes across all 100+ Safestore centers. Below you will find some helpful information about each room size: including size comparison with something you will be more familiar with, and informing you roughly what items and how many you can fit in it...

Safestore Self Storage in Self Storage

Why store with Safestore Self Storage?


We have stores in over 125 locations across the UK, all of which are located close to major roads and accessible by public transport.
 
If you’re a business with multiple locations, you can opt to take out storage units across several of our stores under one account via a single monthly invoice. Several of our stores also offer office space to rent so that you can conduct your business with easy access to your stored goods.

Many of our stores offer drive up room access, pallet trucks and forklift trucks (some have trained staff who can provide a forklift service if needed). Our self storage units are rented by the week and you can keep your unit for however long you need. 

There are no hidden fees or extras. If you need additional items such as packaging material or locks, these are available to buy from our stores.
 

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How do I find a storage unit near me?

Whether you need your unit to be close to home, or close to work, you can find your nearest store by searching with an address or postcode above or by city below.
 

What size unit do I need?

This depends entirely on how much you need to store. You can use our storage space calculators and walkthrough videos below to help you visualise the space available. Alternatively, our experienced staff can offer tailored advice based on what you intend to store.
 

Self storage tips and tools 

To help you choose the right storage unit for your needs, and to make the most of the space available, check out the following links:

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