Loft Vs Self-Storage – Which Should You Use?

This is one of the most common questions we get asked. If I have a loft in my house, why wouldn’t I use that for storage space? Why would I pay for a storage unit? And honestly, it’s a good question. For some people, a loft might be the perfect storage solution. But there are a lot of things that make lofts a difficult, impractical or downright dangerous place to store things. So today, we’re going to go through some of the reasons why your loft might not be the best option when compared to self-storage.



Odds are, your loft is pretty small. Unless you live in a mansion (in which case storage space probably isn’t as much of an issue) your loft will be a similar size to your house’s footprint. It will also probably have eaves and beams, limiting the height of it as a liveable space. But it does make it the perfect place to store a few small items that you want out of the way, but within grabbing range if you need them. Things like suitcases, Christmas decorations and family keepsakes. But if you’re wanting to store bigger things, like sofas, boxes of clothes or other furniture, then getting them up a ladder and into a loft hatch isn’t the most convenient thing in the world. That’s where a self-storage unit comes in really handle. They are simple, convenient and come in a number of different sizes, so you can use them to store those big, bulky items.



No one wants to think about their house being targeted for robbery, but unfortunately, it does happen. And if you’re keeping valuable keepsakes inside, they could disappear. But if you’re keeping them in a self-storage unit, you can be sure they’re safe and secure. Self-storage facilities are protected by CCTV systems, your own padlocks (to which only you have the keys), alarms, security codes and more, keeping your items more secure than in your home.



Beyond the obvious security measures, there are a few other ways that a self-storage unit can guarantee the protection of your items above a loft space. For one, if your roof were to suffer damage, then anything stored in your loft might get damaged by debris or weather. Many houses have boilers or hot water tanks installed in the loft, and if these were to spring a leak or have another problem, your precious belongings could be soaked in seconds. Then there’s things like smoke damage from domestic fires, rodents or other pest damage, or just accidental damage when you’re trying to walk through the maze and trip, landing on a box. A self-storage unit avoids all of these problems in one fell swoop. Food and other perishables can’t be stored in them, so you never have to worry about pests, and most facilities include state of the art fire and smoke detection systems to ensure your belongings are protected.



And of course, there is always help on hand if you should need it. When you’re storing everything in a loft, it’s at least a 2-man job to get things in and out of it. And let’s be honest,

struggling up and down a loft ladder all weekend isn’t anyone’s idea of a good time! But with a self-storage unit, there are staff on hand to help you load up trolleys, move things to your unit and even help you get moves in and out if you want. You’ll be able to access your unit whenever you want, without having to go up and down a ladder to do it.


At Blue Box Storage, we provide clean, state of the art storage facilities for businesses and individuals across the country. With a range of unit sizes available at each location, we can match you with your perfect unit in minutes, and get you moved in within days, so that you can reclaim your loft space and protect the things you love. For more information, just get in touch with one of our team today and arrange your free quote.

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