3 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About the Self Storage Industry

Self-storage units come in handy for a variety of reasons. Maybe you are headed on an extended vacation overseas and need to store your belongings for months, or maybe you simply have so many belongings that you have run out of space in your home. Whatever the reason, renting a unit can be the best idea. Let’s take a look at three little known facts about the storage unit business and how it all began.

#1 Americans Use Self-Storage the Most

We bet you have at least heard of the popular television show “Hoarders.” It’s a show based on men and women who have a problem with hoarding items in their homes and storage units. If so, then it is probably no surprise that Americans accumulate more stuff than any other nation in the world. About nine out of every 100 American households rents a storage unit to hold their excess items and belongings. Another interesting FACT is that by the end of 2014, three were roughly 48,500 self-storage units in the United States. That means there are more units than there are McDonald’s restaurants, as there are currently 14,350 McD’s in America.

#2 Self-Storage is an Old Concept 

We often think that ancient men and women did not have anywhere near the amount of material possessions that we have nowadays. However, self-storage units have been around for centuries. In fact, there is documented historical evidence that there was available storage for the public even in ancient China. According to history, the people of ancient China would store belongings in clay pots and then place them in underground storage pits created for public use. Modern units began appearing in the late 1600s with the very first self-storage chain opening up in Texas.

#3 More Storage Units are Rented Out for Long-Term than Short-Term

Self-storage units aren’t just for a quick move anymore. People love them so much that they are now renting them longer than they initially anticipated that they would. A poll done by a Self Storage Association concluded that about 52% of storage unit users have rented their units for longer than a year. For many people, renting a unit to store boxes and other items means freeing up space in their apartment or home that could be put to better use.

Whether you are moving and need somewhere to store your major items for the time being or you just need to free up some space in your home, storage units can be the best way to go. These three interesting facts just go to show how much we rely on extra storage space.