5′ x 10′ Storage Unit FAQ

Written by: StorageUnits.com Editorial Team - Published: Jul 16, 2024


How much can a 5 x 10’ storage unit really fit? Will a 5 x 10’ fulfill your storage needs? Even if you visit your storage unit in person before moving your possessions, it can still be difficult to estimate what you can comfortably store there. Our FAQ guide gives you the information you need to know before moving boxes, furniture, appliances and other items to your 5 x ’10’ storage unit.


How Big Is a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

A 5’ x 10’ storage unit is about as long as an adult alligator and about as wide as a park bench. The ceilings of these units are generally around 8 feet; so, there is even more room if you are able to stack your possessions. However, just knowing these dimensions may not necessarily make it easier to estimate how many items you can store there. 

How Many Boxes Can Fit in a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

If the possessions you are looking to store fit in cardboard boxes, it can be useful to know how many moving boxes a 5’ x 10’ will approximately hold. The obvious answer is, of course, that it depends greatly on what you are storing in the storage unit. If you have other items in the storage unit (such as appliances or furniture), you will be able to store fewer boxes. However, if you are only storing “large” cardboard boxes (4.5 cubic feet), you should be able to easily fit around twenty in a 5’ x 10’ unit. 

What Can Fit in a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

We can give you the dimensions of a 5’ x 10’ storage unit or compare it to an average walk-in closet; however, how does that actually translate in terms of your belongings? Don’t worry—you won’t have to individually measure the dimensions of each item to ensure they will fit. The following Q&As should give you an idea of how a few commonly stored items will fit in an average 5’ x 10’ storage unit. 

Will a Couch Fit in a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

Do you have a couch that you need to store? A 5’ x 10’ storage unit should be able to accommodate most couches. The problem is, however, that couches vary greatly in size; for example, a loveseat is much smaller than an IKEA sectional. A standard, three-cushion living room couch should fit comfortably in a 5’ x 10’ unit as long as there is no other large furniture in the unit. 

Will a Queen Mattress Fit in a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

Yes, a standard-size queen mattress will fit in a 5’ x 10’ storage unit. Depending on what else is stored, you may also be able to fit the mattress’ accompanying box springs. It is also important to leave room if you would like to place a protective tarp over your mattress to protect it from damage. In most cases, it may be easiest to lean your queen mattress against the storage unit’s wall to leave plenty of floor space for your other boxes, furniture or appliances. 

Can a Motorcycle Fit in a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

Are you looking to retire your motorcycle for a while or store a “work-in-progress?” On its own, any motorcycle will easily fit into a 5’ x 10’ storage unit. In most cases, storage units of this size are an excellent option for those looking to store their motorcycle. However, you will need to make sure that you have left enough room in the unit to move the motorcycle in and out. 

How Much Does a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit Cost?

What is the current average price of a 5’ x 10’ storage unit? Before making a commitment, you will need to plan ahead and include your storage unit fee in your monthly budget. Move.org estimates that the average small storage unit (up to 5’ x 10’) costs approximately $90 a month. However, prices may vary depending on your region and a storage provider’s current availability of units. 

How To Pack a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

Moving and packing can be some of the most stressful times in a person’s life. However, if you plan ahead, packing your 5’ x 10’ storage unit will be stress-free. Before you start to pack, consider what will fit in the unit, how to pack fragile items and the best method of moving your items to the unit. 

What Size Truck Do I Need to Move a 5’ x 10’ Storage Unit?

Nobody wants to overpay for a moving truck that is too large for their needs; on the other hand, you don’t want to get a moving truck only to find that it is too small. So, what size moving truck do you need? If you are moving items to a 5’ x 10’ storage unit, U-Haul suggests renting a 10-foot moving truck. A truck of this size should accommodate one or two large pieces of furniture along with a few boxes. 

Common Uses for 5’ x 10’ Storage Units

Who is most likely to benefit from renting a 5’ x 10’ storage unit? The examples below cover some of the most common reasons people choose to rent these units. If one of these situations describes you, browse our site to find a provider in your city.

You may consider renting a 5’ x 10’ storage unit if: 

  • You will be living, working or studying for an extended time abroad 
  • You are a college student moving home for the summer
  • You own a small business and require extra storage for inventory or record-keeping
  • You need somewhere to store furniture short-term while renovating a room 
  • You are preparing for hurricane season and want somewhere secure to store patio furniture
  • You are storing baby furniture after your child outgrows it so that you can reuse it in the future