Furniture Storage Prices by Storage Type
Self-storage units used to be the most common storage unit type, and furniture storage costs were generally determined by the size of the unit and duration of the rent.
However, when container storage entered the picture, the cost of storing furniture – or anything for that matter – just got more reasonable.
In looking at the storage unit type, it’s helpful to know key information about and the pros and cons of each before you make a decision.
Self-storage unit prices can be easily found especially if you’re searching online. Here are some average storage unit costs in Australia.
|Unit Size||Avg. Monthly Cost|
|Small Storage Unit (1.5m x 1.5m)||$110 - $140|
|Medium Storage Unit (3m x 3m)||$210 - $260|
|Large Storage Unit (3m x 6m)||$350 - $420|
However, that’s not to say that self-storage prices are all that you’ll find as some companies provide container storage exclusively, whilst others, like us at Relocations WA, provide both types of storage options.
When it comes to self-storage rental prices, the tables above already give a rough estimate of the cost, depending on the size.
Overall, however, thorough research may reveal that self-storage rates are somewhat higher than container storage prices. However, self-storage also comes with the following advantages:
- Available in a range of sizes – from one as small as a single locker to a unit as big as a double garage (or even larger).
- Set in purpose-built buildings or indoor locations protected from the elements.
- Temperature control and other high-tech (e.g., Bluetooth entry/exit) options.
- Onsite security, padlocked doors and CCTV surveillance facilities.
- Availability of ancillary services and supplies, such as packing items, loading and transportation services, insurance, etc.
So, while a container may come with lots and lots of space, the items you need to store may easily fit into a much smaller unit, ultimately pushing you to go for self-storage. After all, the monthly storage unit cost of renting a self-storage unit may end up to be more practical than getting container storage.
Shipping containers typically come in a range of sizes, although 10-foot, 20-foot and 40-foot containers are quite popular.
But how large is a container in metres or square metres? More importantly, what can you fit into each container based on size?
- 10-foot: 2.831x2.350 metres or 6.65 square metres
- 20-foot: 5.898x2.352 metres or 13.872 square metres
- 40-foot: 12.032x2.352 metres or 28.30 square metres
A well-packed 10-foot container unit can easily accommodate the contents of a one-bedroom apartment.
A 20-foot container is large enough to accommodate two cars or 200 mattresses. Put simply, you can put the contents of a standard three-bedroom house in a 20-footer. If you have a high-cube (taller) 20-foot container, it can accommodate everything inside a four-bedroom home.
Meanwhile, a 40-footer is just the right size to pack up to a five-bedroom home plus a family vehicle. A high-cube 40-foot container can easily accommodate the contents of a six-bedroom house.
When it comes to container storage costs, they tend to be relatively more affordable than self-storage unit prices. Some companies charge by the day, and rates can be set as low as $4.50 per day (or even lower depending on the unit size or how long you intend to rent the unit for).
Some companies offer a fixed minimum rental rate for the first two months and then charge by the day for any days in excess.
For example, you may be asked to pay $200 (plus GST) for a 20-foot container for the first two months, and then charged $3 per day (plus GST) for the next two to six months, and then a much lower daily rate as you extend your lease.
Other factors may also affect the final storage container cost.
For example, you may want to rent the container and keep it onsite or within your premises if you have adequate space. Else, you may also decide to rent one offsite. With this option, you’ll need to factor in delivery and pickup freight costs, aside from your monthly rental fee.
Thing is, when you’re considering renting a shipping container for storage, consider how you can maximise the space. And depending on what items you’ll be putting in storage, you may need to consider safety and security features, especially if you’re considering offsite storage.
That being said, some container storage providers offer certain options that may fit the requirements of specific customers, such as:
- Steel flooring
- High cube for additional storage capacity
- GPS tracking
- Container modifications (e.g., shelving, power, lighting, air conditioning, etc.)
- Container grades and shipping or transport certifications
Shipping containers also have the following basic features that may be compatible with your storage needs:
- Water, wind, pest and vermin-proof
- Wooden flooring
- Floor and ceiling lashing points for securing goods
- Secure and lockable
Again, container rental prices also vary greatly, depending on the following:
- Duration of rent
- Location (onsite/offsite)
- Additional services and features
So, before choosing between self-storage and shipping container units, weigh the pros and cons of each and always consider your storage requirements and budget.
Car, Caravan & Boat Storage Prices
For car owners, caravanners and boating enthusiasts, there may come a time when there’s no space left in their property to store their vehicles, caravans and boats properly. And for those who go caravanning or boating seasonally, it makes sense to keep these big-ticket items in a proper storage facility the rest of the year.
Other reasons to rent space for storing vehicles, caravans and boats may include a temporary move overseas or extended travel, home renovation work, or the need to free up space in your property.
If your situation is any of these things, you’ll naturally be concerned with storage rates, especially if you’re looking at long-term storage.
When it comes to car storage prices, you may need to choose from the following options:
- Personal storage: This is the most expensive storage option that gives you access to your own vehicle storage unit, so you can keep your car under lock and key away from prying eyes.
- Warehouse: You’ll share a secure car warehouse with other vehicle owners. The facility provides ample protection from the elements but you won’t have private access to your vehicle.
- Yard or parking (covered or uncovered): Yard or parking storage is usually the most affordable alternative. However, it won’t provide as much security and privacy as the other options. Also, an uncovered yard or parking facility may be the cheapest choice, but it won’t provide your vehicle ample protection from the weather. Therefore, it might make sense to opt for this type of car storage only if you’re looking to park your vehicle for a day or two.
With all that said, vehicle storage rates are also affected by the location of the facility, unit size, additional services and rental duration.
The standard car storage cost per month may range from $180 (for yard storage) to $325 per month (plus GST). The final cost will depend a lot on the type of storage you choose.
Car storage costs for vans and SUVs tend to be higher, whilst long-term storage can mean discounts for you. If you plan to store your vehicle only for a few days, you can also ask for the facility’s daily rate.
There are different camper or caravan storage facilities, so caravan storage costs can also vary greatly.
Some companies offer outdoor, shaded, undercover and fully enclosed caravan storage. As a consequence, caravan storage prices per year may differ by a few hundred dollars.
- Outdoor: $500-900 per year
- Shaded: $900-1500 per year
- Covered: $1300-1600 per year
- Enclosed: $1500-3000 per year
Caravan storage facilities are fenced and secured with CCTV surveillance systems and onsite personnel. They are also accessible seven days a week, with some offering wash-down bays and trickle charging services.
If you have short-term storage in mind, some companies also offer daily, weekly and monthly rates which may be a bit higher than annual storage prices, yet still reasonable.
For boat owners, secure storage facilities are available should you need room for your sea vessel away from your home. Boat storage prices also depend on whether the facility is indoor, undercover or outdoor, as well as the size of the boat.
To give you an idea of boat storage costs, a two-by-three-metre boat stored in a covered unit may set you back by $25 per week, whilst a boat measuring four by 2.4 metres could cost you $33 to store in the same facility per week.
Monthly and long-term rates can mean discounts for you. Also, some providers offer rates that include unlimited launch and retrievals, as well as boat wash down prior to storage.
So, to ensure you’re getting your money’s worth, ask about what’s included in the rate and see if you can get discounts for longer term storage.
Why Choose Relocations WA for Storage?
There are many reasons why you might need some form of storage at a certain point in time – whether for your possessions, business inventory, files, vehicle, caravan or boat.
Whatever type of storage you need, make sure to contact us at Relocations WA.
We not only offer a range of high-quality storage options but also offer removals for regional, interstate and overseas relocation, as well as a range of moving services.
For removals and storage inquiries, please get in touch today!