Even if you don’t (yet) have a self storage unit, you likely know someone who does — or who’s thinking about it. After all, a recent study found that some 8% of the UK population said they were considering renting a self storage unit in the next twelve months. 

Despite the surge in popularity that self storage has experienced in the past decade, there are plenty of people who still don’t fully understand what it is or why they need it. In this post, we’ll provide a runthrough of self storage, outlining the history, benefits, and more. 

Already know that you need self storage in Truro, Exeter, or Falmouth? Get in touch with Britannia Lanes Storage today.

Understanding Self Storage

So what is self storage, anyway? It’s simply storage space at a purpose-built facility where you can safely and securely store your belongings. Both homeowners and businesses use self storage facilities to store items they don’t need on a day-to-day basis, yet still want to keep. You can rent a self storage unit for as long as you need, be it for three months when you’re travelling overseas or for many years if you’re permanently downsizing.

Self storage units are available in a range of sizes. Once you’ve rented your self storage unit, you can come and go as you please during opening hours. When you’re not at the unit, you’ll have peace of mind knowing that your belongings are under the watchful eye of 24/7 CCTV protection. 

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What You Can (And Can’t) Store In Self Storage

Some people understand the concept of self storage but don’t fully understand exactly what type of belongings they would put into a unit. So let’s clear that up.

You can put most things in a self storage unit. If it’s an item that you could legally possess in your home and it’s not a living thing (we’re including pets, humans, and food as living things here!), then you can probably put it into storage. 

Most people use the self storage unit to store items that include:

  • Old furniture
  • Books, DVDs, CDs
  • Antiques and other valuables
  • Baby products
  • Seasonal decorations
  • Documents
  • Clothing

But that’s far from an exhaustive list. As we said, you can store most things in your self storage unit! Hazardous and flammable substances are a no-go, and you can’t store food or other perishable items either. Weapons and other dangerous goods are off-limits, too. If you have any questions about which items you can/cannot store in your self storage unit, get in touch with a member of our team. 

The Benefits of Self Storage Units

It takes a bit of time and effort to obtain and fill a self storage unit. So, is it worth it? The answer to that is a resounding yes — and that’s all due to the many benefits that it offers everyday people. Let’s take a look at just a few of the reasons people sign up for a self storage unit. 

Free Up Space

No one likes to feel like they’re living in a cramped environment. Yet equally, no one wants to throw away their much-loved belongings, either. Self storage units allow homeowners to declutter their properties while also retaining possession of their goods. If you’re looking to easily create space in your home, then get in touch with Britannia Lanes Storage today.

It’s Secure

Modern storage units are often more secure than a property’s onsite garage. After all, a homeowner is unlikely to have a 24/7 CCTV system keeping a watchful eye over the possessions they have in their garage.

When you rent a unit with Britannia Lanes Storage, you’ll know that your items are safe from the elements and potential criminals. 

It’s Flexible

Some people need a self storage unit for 10+ years. Others just need one for a few months. Whatever your requirements, you’ll find that there’s a self storage solution for you. Storage units also come in a wide variety of sizes, so whether you need to store a few boxes or an entire flat’s worth of goods, you’ll have options. 

How to Choose a Self Storage Company

There are thousands of self storage facilities in the UK. But keep in mind that quality can vary widely from one facility to the next. To ensure that you get all the benefits of a great self storage unit, it’s important that you select a reputable, professional self storage company that has a proven track record of delivering an outstanding level of service to its customers. 

Some features to look for in a self storage company include:

  • 24/7 CCTV monitoring
  • Friendly staff
  • Flexible storage solutions
  • Convenient accessibility. 

Once you’ve identified the right self storage company to work with, you’ll need to think about your requirements. For instance, how much storage space do you require? Once you’ve done that, you’ll just need to securely pack your items in a box and place them in your unit. Easy! 

The History of Self Storage

Self storage has seen a surge in popularity in recent years, but the concept is far from new. People have been storing their belongings out of their homes since the 19th century when London’s elite would deposit their items in the vault of a bank.

The modern version was born in the United States in the late 1800s when Bekin Van Lines offered everyday people the opportunity to store their belongings in purpose-built storage facilities. By the 1960s and 70s, the use of self-storage was widespread in the States — and it wouldn’t be long before it made its way to the UK. By the 1990’s, self storage units were popping up all over the country, and market growth hasn’t really slowed since then. 


And there we have it! As we’ve seen, there’s nothing mysterious about self storage. It’s there to provide space for your belongings at a purpose-built facility, and that’s about it! You’ll have your unit, and you can come and go as you please, dropping off or picking up your items as needed.