About self storage in Kansas
Looking for storage in Kansas?
Kansas is one of the largest self storage markets in the country-for good reason. The state supports the full gamut of self storage renter lifestyles, from boating and recreation to higher education and military. You can find out more about self storage in Kansas through the Kansas Self Storage Association (KSSOA.org).
As the most advanced self storage finder on the web, StorageFront lists nearby facilities in urban areas (including Overland Park, Olathe, Topeka, Lenexa, and Wichita) as well as rural areas (like Colby, the only town along I-70 west of Topeka that has a Starbucks).
In college towns like Lawrence (University of Kansas), Manhattan (Kansas State University), Wichita (Wichita State University), Topeka (Washburn University), and Pittsburg (Pitt State), use the search tool to find small, affordable units nearby with short-term contracts to cover summer break. In influential medical towns like Kansas City, find climate-controlled space for storing pharmaceutical inventory. In virtually any Kansas town where you own a BBQ-trailer but use it just once a year to compete at the annual BBQ cook off, you’ll find a place to stow it on StorageFront.com.
In military towns like Junction City (Fort Riley), Leavenworth (Fort Leavenworth) and Wichita (McConnell AFB), you’re likely to find great deals on military storage for long-term deployments no matter where you rent extra space. Still, it’s smart to shop around-especially since many storage facilities located near bases operate at capacity and units aren’t always available.
See below for more helpful tips about storing in Kansas. For general help, see Storage Tips.
Kansas offers residents cool to cold winters and hot, humid summers. That’s important to consider when you shop for a self storage facility in the Sunflower State, because extreme temperatures and high humidity can all affect the welfare of your stored items-especially over extended periods of time. Wood, paper and fabrics are particularly susceptible to ruin.
Western Kansas is as sunny as parts of California and Arizona. In the state’s hotter areas, look for a storage unit that faces north or south, and try not to stack items against a west-facing outer wall.
In spite of the frequent sunshine throughout much of the state, due to its location at a climatic boundary prone to multiple air masses, the state is also vulnerable to strong thunderstorms, especially in the spring. Be sure to look for storage facilities with good drainage. When selecting your storage unit, choose one with a stepped-up entry, good flashing and sturdy seals around the door.
Kansas averages over 50 tornadoes annually, mainly in April, May and June. Since stored items may be the last thing on your mind during a weather-related event, look for tornado-resistant construction that has the best chance of withstanding an environmental blow. Tough structural features include weather resistive barriers, flood proof foundations, low-rise buildings, multi-panel roofs with 30-degree slope, solid brick walls, and durable exterior trim. Always purchase insurance for your property.
Be sure to Google “crime rates in Kansas cities” before choosing a storage facility. If the property crime rate and/or violent crime rate is high in your area, you’ll want a facility with added fencing and security amenities, such as video surveillance and 24-hour lighting. Ask the facility manager about any recent break-ins or safety issues. Purchase insurance for your property.
If Spanish is your first language, shop for a storage facility with bilingual staff. StorageFront points to bilingual facilities with a small speech-bubble icon. Clear communication will be helpful if you have problems or concerns during your rental period.