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Drive-Up vs. Indoor Storage

Renting a self-storage unit is a great way to get rid of clutter and gain organization in your life. The types of items you need to store will determine the type of unit you need. While drive-up storage and indoor storage are both excellent options that offer plenty of storage benefits, you can use this guide to find the type that's a better fit for you.

Drive-Up Storage

Drive-up storage units are remarkably convenient; you can drive directly to your unit, get what you need, and get on with what you were doing. Carrying a large and heavy item into a drive-up storage unit is much easier than carrying it through the hallways and around the corners of an indoor unit. No matter what you need to store, there are drive-up units of all sizes available to meet your needs.


  • Park right at the door of the storage unit.
  • Load your items quickly into and out of the storage unit.
  • Choose from a wide variety of storage unit sizes.
  • Easy to transfer heavier items from your vehicle to the storage unit.


  • Outdoor units aren't always climate controlled.
  • The same insects you might find in your own garage, like spiders and pill bugs, can crawl in and make a home.
  • Bad weather could limit your ability to work in your storage unit.

Indoor Storage

Indoor storage units are accessible only by entering the storage building through a main or front door. Renters enter these units through a hallway from inside the self-storage facility, similar to hotel rooms. Typically offered in sizes that range from 5 feet by 5 feet to units the size of a large garage, these units aren't designed to store very large items like vehicles or bulky furniture. Although most indoor storage units aren't as large as outdoor units, they're an ideal place to keep your items in a secure, climate-controlled environment.


  • Pests are a minimal concern with indoor units.
  • There is less dust in indoor units.
  • Increased protection against heat, cold, sun, flash flood, and extreme temperature changes.
  • You're out of the elements when you need access to your storage unit.


  • Expect a longer distance to load and unload when compared to a drive-up unit.
  • Indoor self-storage units aren't available in larger, warehouse sizes.
  • Indoor units aren't as readily available as outdoor units.
  • You can't store vehicles or excessively large items in indoor units, as they're accessed via a hallway.


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