28 May


By / Emily Adams

Knowing When the Price & Storage Amount Is Right For You

When you’re looking at different portable storage units for rent, it can be tricky to figure out exactly what size you need. Pick a portable storage unit that’s too small and you’re going to end up going through the hassle of making up a Plan B on the fly. Pick a portable storage unit that’s bigger than you need isn’t as much of an issue, but you will essentially be paying for empty space. 

Your goal should be to select the perfect portable storage unit that will give you enough room to load all of your belongings with minimal empty space. Estimate how much space your belongings will take up, take advantage of smart portable storage unit packing tips, and you’ll be well on your way to a great experience. 

Cool Box Portable Storage offers three different portable storage units for rent. The smallest model is 12′, followed by the mid-size 16′, and finally the large 20′ Cool Box unit. All Cool Box portable storage units are made identically with durable, high-grade construction and a fully insulated design. The only difference between the three is their size. 

Rather than leaving customers guessing what size they need, Cool Box categorizes their trio of portable storage units by what size home they are large enough to accommodate. Naturally, this categorization is really only based on average home sizes and how much space you actually need can vary. 

For example, even if you only live in a studio apartment, if your apartment is packed with beautiful decor, collectibles, and furnishings, you could very well need a bigger Cool Box unit than an individual with a two bedroom house that is quite barren or minimalist with few belongings. 

For that reason, we’re going to dive deeper into the three different portable storage units for rent that Cool Box offers so you can make the most informed decision possible.  

Let’s get started! 

The 12′ Cool Box – A Compact Portable Storage Unit for Small Spaces and Individuals 

The smallest portable storage units for rent from Cool Box are the 12′ models. The 12′ Cool Box units are 12′ long x 7′ wide x 8′ tall. Despite being the smallest size, the 12′ model is surprisingly roomy. 

Cool Box describes their 12′ models as being ‘Ideal for Small Spaces and One Bedroom Apartments’. If you’re an individual who doesn’t have a lot of furniture yet, you’ll find that the 12′ model offers plenty of space for some boxes, basic furniture, and some extras. This compact size is ideal for students or individuals that are moving from a shared living situation or dorm into their very first apartment. 

The 12′ Cool Box can also be handy for at-home projects where you need a small but secure area to store items while decluttering or reorganizing your home.  

The 16′ Cool Box – A Mid-Size Portable Storage Unit for Apartments and Small Homes 

The midsize portable storage units for rent by Cool Box are the 16′ models. The 16′ Cool Box units are 16′ long x 8′ wide x 8′ tall. The size of these units makes them very versatile and one of Cool Box’s most popular option. 

Cool Box recommends their 16′ portable storage units for people with ‘Small Homes and Two Bedroom Apartments’. Individuals or couples moving from a small home or two bedroom apartment will probably find this model to be the right choice. The 16′ model is also a really handy size for on-site or off-site short- to long-term storage. For example, if you need a secure place to store larger pieces of furniture, the 16′ model is going to be plenty roomy. 

The 16′ Cool Box is still small enough that you can easily have it positioned in your driveway if you’d like to store the unit at your own home. It’s also worth mentioning that the 16′ Cool Box unit is very comparable in size to typical personal moving trucks – minus the cons. You’ll get a similar amount of space, but without having to deal with ramps or do any of the driving yourself! 

The 20′ Cool Box – A Supersized Portable Storage Unit for Families and Larger Homes 

When you need as much space as possible, you’ll probably need to upgrade to Cool Box’s 20′ portable storage units for rent. These supersized models are 20′ long x 8′ wide x 8′ tall and are designed for families and multi-room houses/apartments. 

Cool Box labels the 20′ model as being best for ‘Mid-Sizes Houses and Three Bedroom Apartments’. The 20′ Cool Box units are very similar in capacity to large moving trucks, though they are far easier to load and unload from since all Cool Box units are placed at ground level. 

Chances are, if you have a family or a fully-furnished 3+ bedroom home, you’re going to need the 20′ Cool Box. However, the 20′ model is also really popular for short-term storage during home renovations and remodeling. 

For home renovations that call for one or more rooms of your home to be fully emptied, portable storage units for remodeling are the answer. The 20′ model is ideal for storing furniture and other large items in without worries of theft or the weather. Every Cool Box is lockable and the insulated design will keep the interior 10 to 15 degrees cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter.  

Get the Most from Your Cool Box By Combining the Right Size with Proper Packing 

As mentioned earlier, packing your Cool Box unit the right way will help save space – especially when you’re loading up the smaller 12′ unit. Some basic portable storage unit packing tips include: 

  • Use similar sized moving boxes and always label them by room and/or contents. 
  • Keep your heavier boxes and furniture on the bottom with the lighter and fragile items on top. 
  • Distribute weight by spreading out the heavy items across the bottom rather than placing them all in one spot. 
  • Stack from floor to ceilings in walls and use cargo straps to keep these walls upright. 
  • Keep your most important items at the front of the unit for faster unloading. 
  • Keep any storable items at the rear of the unit so you can tackle that last. 

While Cool Box will handle the transportation of your unit, it’s up to you to load it up safely. If you find yourself feeling overwhelmed or need assistance with large furniture, consider hiring a professional moving crew to load and unload your Cool Box unit. 

Once your Cool Box is loaded up, give it a final check to ensure everything is secure, and give Cool Box a call to schedule a pickup. Cool Box offers all customers within a 30-mile radius of one of their facilities four free movements – so you pay no extra fees or surcharges outside of your base rental price.   

Get Instant Quotes on Cool Box Portable Storage Units for Rent Right Now 

young woman carrying fragile box while moving

Now that you’ve gotten the lowdown on Cool Box portable storage units sizes and which is the right fit for you, you’re probably thinking, “How much do portable storage units cost?”. To get an accurate estimate of how much a 12′, 16′ or 20′ Cool Box unit will cost, all you need to do is visit the Cool Box Customer Portable and fill out the Instant Quote form. 

If you get your quote and find that a competing company is offering a better deal, don’t worry! As long as the competition is offering a comparable quote (i.e. same size container and same length of rental), Cool Box will meet or beat their price! All you need to do is email or call Cool Box and have the competitor’s quote handy for a customer service rep to review. 

When you’re ready to take the first step, hop on over to the Instant Quote form or, if you still have questions, give the Cool Box Call Center a ring! 

Emily Adams