16 Jul


By / Emily Adams

Types of Moving Storage Containers: Find the Best Fit

One of the most perplexing and crucial aspects of any move is figuring out which size moving storage container would be the best fit. With the option of more than one container size for moving, it can be challenging to zero in on the one that best suits your needs, especially when you haven’t even packed everything.

Furthermore, the irony is that if you don’t choose wisely, you may end up with a size that is too small, which can be exasperating. You don’t want to find yourself scrambling for a last minute solution to accommodate the remaining stuff, with some belongings packed to the brim in a container, and the other equally precious half packed in your house, waiting to be moved, or worse still, lying outside on the driveway!

In urgent situations like these, we often end up paying twice the amount of what we would have had we figured the right container size to begin with. On the other hand, if we pick a size that’s too big in order to prevent the last minute hassle of finding extra moving space, we would hate ourselves for having to unnecessarily pay for unused space!

To help you in your dilemma of how to pick the right container size for moving in order to ensure a smooth and stress-free move, we’ve compiled useful information about the types of moving storage containers we offer, along with some selection tips. We hope our guidelines save you the last minute hassle of researching what size would best fit your needs for all of your belongings!

Couple is seen packing boxes for a move

Types of Moving Storage Containers

At Cool Box Portable Storage, we understand that each home is different, and so too is the size of each home and the amount of belongings it might contain. Therefore, to cater to various needs, we offer three different moving container sizes to choose from, making it easier for you to find the one that fits all your possessions! This way you are guaranteed to find the size that best matches your capacity requirements.

Apart from three convenient sizes, our containers offer several other advantages. Built with durable and high-grade construction, all of our moving storage containers are robust. In addition, they are easily maneuverable and fit easily into parking spaces. Furthermore, they are insulated to protect your belongings from the external harshness of the weather. Our containers are 10-15 degrees warmer than the external temperature in winter and 10-15 degrees cooler in summer.

Coming back to size, to make it easy and straightforward for you to estimate what type of moving storage container would be right for you, we categorize our container sizes for moving according to the size of your house or apartment.

However, we recommend that you take our guide as a general approximation as we find that even two houses of the same size can vary in terms of the amount of stuff they hold. Some of us like to decorate every nook and corner of our house with beautiful artifacts and furniture, while others like to keep it minimal, enjoying the spacious and roomy look it presents. So, regardless of the size of your home, it also depends on how much stuff you hold.

Besides, it would be worthwhile to note that, apart from the size, how you pack your storage unit makes a huge difference to how much stuff you can accommodate in it. Effectively packing your belongings can help you maximize the space of your storage container, so you’re not paying unnecessarily for any extra, unused space!

Are you ready to get started then? Let’s start with the smallest container, so you can compare the added space for each increasing size.

Compact 12 Ft. Size Portable Moving Storage Container for Individuals or Studio Apartments

If you’re an individual who lives in a studio or a small one-bedroom apartment or condo, the compact 12 feet container size for moving would be apt for you. Its dimensions are 12 ft. long x 7 ft. wide x 8 ft. tall.

It is big enough to hold basic furniture, some appliances, and all your other various belongings such as kitchenware and clothes. If you don’t have much furniture or if you’re moving into an apartment by yourself for the first time, this would be the perfect moving container for you.

To give you a better estimate of its size, its inside dimensions are: 6 ft. x 7.5 ft. x 11 ft.

Mid-Sized 16 Ft. Size Portable Moving Storage Container for Couples or Small Homes

If you’re a couple living in a small house or a 2-bedroom apartment, our moderate 16 ft. container size for moving would be ideal to fit all your stuff. It is 16 ft. long x 8 ft. wide x 8 ft. tall. This is our most versatile size as it is also appropriate for individuals or families living in a small home, two-bedroom apartment, or condo.

To get an estimate of its size, think of it as having almost the same size as a personal moving truck, but without the need to drive it yourself or load up and down a ramp. Cool Box Portable Storage containers are always going to be delivered ground-level, so you never have to hassle with a ramp. Its inside dimensions are 7 ft. x 7.5 ft. x 15 ft.

It’s also suitable for long or short-term storage. You can store your Cool Box on your own property (it’s small enough to fit in your driveway), or you can store it at one of our secure yards at no additional cost.

Giant 20 Ft. Sized Portable Moving Storage Container for Families or Large Homes

If you’re a family that lives in a large house or a three bed room apartment, fret not; it’s only natural that you would have more belongings than the average home! In that case, our largest 20 ft sized container would be ideal for you. You can pack all of your belongings in our supersized storage container instead of having to utilize as many as three separate smaller containers. Packing, moving, and monitoring more than one container can be time consuming and stressful, which is why Cool Box is here to help. We are proud to offer a 20 ft. container over our competitors like Pods and 1-800-Packrat, who do not offer containers larger than 16 ft. Check out our blog on how to effectively pack a portable storage unit!

Its inside dimensions are: 7.5 ft. x 7.5 ft. x 19 ft. It’s also the apt container size for moving for individuals or couples living in a fully furnished 3-bedroom apartment or mid-sized house.

To determine whether it’s the right fit for you, think of it as a large moving truck, only more manageable and convenient in terms of loading and unloading! The supersized container also makes home renovations and remodeling easy by storing your belongings short-term or long-term, as per your requirement.

Cool Box Portable Storage Units Make Moving a Breeze

We hope our guidelines on selecting the best container size for moving will assist you in selecting the size of storage container that is most suited to your needs. To further ensure that you select the right size, we recommend that you be sure to consider the contents of all rooms and storage spaces. It’s easy to forget the garage, attic, basement, closets, and other various storage spaces, which may lead you to choosing the incorrect portable storage container size for moving. And remember, you can stack your belongings inside your container to maximize its space efficiency.

**PRO TIP: If a household tends to have oversized furniture like large tables, large sectionals, or large bedding sets it can quickly eat up space or make efficient packing difficult.  Consider a second unit for oversized furniture.

To further assist you in your move, Cool Box moving and storage service offers many advantages and even meets or beats the price of its competitors, for the same specifications of course!

To get a quick online estimate for our moving storage containers, be sure to fill out our ‘Instant Online Quote Form’. Or you can also contact us if you have any questions.

Emily Adams