Monthly Archives: December 2016

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How Much Stuff Can Fit Into a Vancouver Storage Rental Unit?

Are you an inexperienced or first-time storage renter? If so, you may have questions about how much space you will need. This is a common problem as visualizing storage space is not an intuitive process. Of course, it is important to rent the correct amount of space. If you rent a unit that is too small, your things will quickly become cluttered and disorganized. On the other hand, if you rent a unit that is too large, you will be wasting money. Who wants to spend more than they need to? Fortunately, our team has the skills and experience necessary to help avoid either of these issues. We can help you determine the appropriate storage unit size for your belongings. To help you get started, we have provided a quick guide on some of the unit sizes available at our Vancouver storage facility.


A 5×5 storage unit is similar in size to a small walk-in closet. While this is one of the smallest units that we offer, it may be all of the space you need. In fact, many people are shocked to learn just how much stuff can fit into a 5×5 unit with proper planning and organization. For example, you may be able to fit a couple of disassembled furniture pieces, a mattress and a few standard sized boxes in this type of storage unit.


Our 5×10 storage rental units are similar in size to a large walk-in closet. Once again, with well thought out planning and packing, a considerable amount of stuff can potentially fit into this type of unit. Often, most or all of the contents of a small apartment will fit in a 5×10 unit. These units are usually perfect for college students, young professionals and newly married couples.


An 8×8 unit offers more square footage than a 5×10 unit and it also offers a different shape. Depending on the size and shape of your items, a square shape may be more desirable for you. The contents of a large apartment should be able to fit into an 8×8 storage unit.


Finally, a 9×20 storage rental unit is the largest size offered at our 57th Avenue location. Most of the contents of an ordinary house can usually fit into a unit of this size. If you are storing a large amount of items for your home or business, this unit may be the right one for you. Additionally, if you are in the process of moving or you are going through an extensive home renovation, you should consider renting a 9×20 unit.

Iron Gate Storage Can Help

If you need storage space in Vancouver, Iron Gate Storage offers solutions. Provide a list of your items to one of our dedicated storage professionals and he or she will help you assess your needs so that you can find your ideal storage space. To learn more about how we can assist you, please do not hesitate to contact our team today.

Iron Gate Storage
2900 NE 57th Ave.
Vancouver, OR 98661
(360) 328-7779

Tips for Storing Computer Equipment in a Vancouver Storage Unit

You may find that you need storage space for your computer or other computer-related accessories. If so, your attic or basement is simply not the answer. When stored in damp basements, computer equipment can become seriously damaged. Your delicate and expensive computer needs to be securely protected in a dedicated storage space. Our Vancouver self storage units are the perfect place to keep computer equipment and other electronics. Of course, these items need to be handled and stored with immense care. To help guide you through the computer storage process, please consider our top four tips for storing computers and electronics in Vancouver.

1. Backup Your Data

You need to protect your computer. First and foremost this means protecting it in a physical sense. However, that is not the end of the story. You also need to ensure that you protect the intangible assets on your computer’s hard drive. If you have important files or data on your computer, please create a backup version of those files. In fact, you should usually create multiple backup copies of all important files and records.

2. Avoid Wrapping Your Computer in Tight Plastic

It is strongly recommended that you store computer equipment in boxes using the appropriate protective packing material. That being said, please do not wrap your computer in tight plastic. This needs to be avoided because you could unknowingly trap small amounts of moisture inside of the plastic. Even a tiny amount of trapped moisture could cause serious problems for your computer.

3. Screens Should Be Protected With Anti-Static Bubble Wrap

Computer screens are very fragile. They are also expensive to replace. The last thing you want to deal with is a cracked or defective screen. The good news is that you can protect your screen by using a special kind of anti-static bubble wrap. It is important to use anti-static packing materials because a static electric charge can destroy a computer’s screen.

You Need a Climate Controlled Space

Finally, the most important thing that you need to remember is that computers and computer accessories, along with all other electronic equipment, should always be stored safely inside of a climate controlled space. This is because computer equipment is so delicate. A computer can be damaged by high levels of humidity or by extreme temperatures. By renting a climate controlled storage unit, you can be fully confident that your computer will be protected from these elements. Our Vancouver climate controlled storage units regulate both temperature and humidity levels. The bottom line is simple: Do not store your computer in your attic or basement; instead, get yourself a climate controlled space.

Do You Need Storage Assistance in Vancouver?

Whether you are looking to store computer equipment, electronics, or any other items, we can help. At Iron Gate Storage, we operate many different storage facilities throughout the region. The satisfaction of our clients is our number one priority. To find the perfect storage unit, at an affordable price, please get in touch with our team today. We are looking forward to hearing from you!

Iron Gate Storage
2410 E 5th St
Vancouver, WA 98661
(360) 362-8080