Storage Units in Seattle

Seattle, WA: Top Things to Know About Storage

Location, Location, Location

Situated on miles of both salt and freshwater shoreline, Seattle shines like a beacon of craft beer, craft coffee and craft everything else. With an estimated population of 662,400 that’s practically growing by the minute, the Washington mecca for those who are too hip to be hipsters has a high concentration of 25

Location, Location, Location

Situated on miles of both salt and freshwater shoreline, Seattle shines like a beacon of craft beer, craft coffee and craft everything else. With an estimated population of 662,400 that’s practically growing by the minute, the Washington mecca for those who are too hip to be hipsters has a high concentration of 25 to 34 year olds. This is a demographic that rents rather than buys when it comes to housing (consider the fact that the average Seattle home is valued at $508,000 and you can’t really blame them). Renters are spending at least $1,500 a month on one bedroom apartments, so this means more roommates, more small studios and yep, you guessed it, more people who need storage. But if the cost of living is 21.3% higher than the national average, can you even afford storage? The answer is yes, as long as you’re open to commuting to it. Like apartments, storage units in Seattle cost more when they’re in prime locations. While a 5x5 storage unit in the heart of Seattle will cost you around $85 a month, you can get the same unit for almost half the price if you’re okay with driving to a facility like Red Way Self-Storage where 5x5 units go for around $49 a month. It’s just 16 miles outside of the city which means a half an hour drive. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably only access your storage unit a few times a year at the most. Think about it, is the convenience of downtown really worth spending more than $1,000 a year on storage? We think not.

Contrary to Popular Belief, When it Rains it Doesn’t Always Pour

We can sum up our initial thoughts on storage in Seattle in two words: climate control. Turns out we weren’t exactly wrong in thinking this, but we weren’t totally right either. Moving to Seattle doesn’t mean that everything you own is going to get drenched in rain. According to the good people of Stor-More Self Storage-Burien, climate control isn’t always necessary. Seattle actually only sees around 38 inches of rain a year, so if you consider the rainiest city to be the one with the most rainfall, it’s far from number one. The number one threat to your items in storage as far as weather goes isn’t necessarily rain anyway. It’s moisture, as in humidity. Seattle is actually characterized by dry, pleasant summer months and chilly, wet winters, so you won’t find the air to be as damp as it is in certain southern states like Texas, and unless you’re storing something very, very valuable (which could be something you might want to think twice about), you should be fine, especially if you opt for indoor storage or take care not to place cardboard boxes on the ground as they can wick moisture. Stor-More told us about a tenant who dropped by to check on a piano that had been in storage for 20 years. She expected the worst but found out that despite needing a serious tuning, it was totally fine.

Seattle is for (Book) Lovers

Every year, Central Connecticut State University conducts a study that ranks cities by literacy. Seattle consistently lands in the top five.  The city is home to beautiful public libraries, cozy book shops and of course, that famous cloudy weather that inspires residents to stay inside and crack open a novel. If you’ve got a whole bunch of books, you know how hard they can be to transport. They take up a ton of space and they’re super heavy. If you’re putting them into storage, you want to take special care to make sure they remain in good shape, especially if they’re collectibles. If you have an antique book or a first edition, or you love all of your books so much that they all feel like they’re worth a million bucks to you, make sure to box them in materials that are acid-free as the acid can seriously mess with their pages. Also make sure that you never leave those boxes directly on the ground of your storage unit. If you’ve got other boxes or furniture in there, place the boxes of books on top. As we mentioned, the boxes can wick moisture. There’s also the rare possibility of water actually entering your unit. One situation that can cause this is a nearby unit with a fridge that hasn’t been defrosted leaking into yours. If you’re not able to place the boxes of books on top of another item, consider investing in wood pallets or something similar to get them off the ground.

Storage and the Homeless

The homeless population is high in Seattle. As is the case with any expensive city, many residents find it challenging to make ends meet and are sadly forced to live on the streets. For anyone in this situation, desperation can make living in a storage unit seem like an option. If you’re considering this, you should know that it’s not only illegal, it’s actually pretty dangerous. It’s possible to get trapped in a unit if your door closes behind you once you’re inside. Most Seattle storage facilities are happy to rent storage to homeless people who need a safe place to keep their belongings, and they’ll also happily refer them to local shelters. Many of these allow homeless people to use the shelter’s phone number and address as contact information on a lease. If you’re fortunate enough to have a home, ask your facility manager about charities that they accept donations on behalf of. Your extra clothing, books, household items and canned goods can mean the world to a homeless tenant in need.

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Storage FAQ's

  • Do you accept deliveries for customers?

    Most storage facilities in Seattle accept deliveries for their customers so that they don't have to go through the process of moving every time they need something to be placed in their storage units. They will keep your items in the office and will inform you when they arrive so that you can place them in your storage unit at your convenience.

  • Is there anything unique to keep in mind when choosing a storage facility in Seattle?

    Some factors to keep in mind when choosing a storage facility in Seattle are: weather, peak rush hour times, items that you will be storing, and location within Seattle.

  • Do I need insurance for my storage unit?

    We recommend that you get insurance for your belongings because the contents of the units are not insured through storage facilities.

  • Can I rent climate-controlled spaces in Seattle?

    Yes, climate-controlled spaces are available in Seattle due to the varying weather. Temperatures range from 41.0 to 46.4, which can dramatically affect things in your storage unit. For storing items such as wine, wooden items, electronics, metals, artwork, etc. storage facilities recommend that you rent a climate-controlled unit. For questions and more details, please contact a local facility.

  • What storage space sizes are available?

    In Seattle, there are 78 storage facilities, with a total of 86 storage units. Storage unit sizes generally range from 1' X 1' to 19' X 30'. Call one of your local facilities to have a representative find what size unit is best for you.

  • What security measures are taken to protect the storage units?

    Security is every storage operator's priority. Speak with the storage manager of a facility of your liking in Seattle to find out what security measures they take to protect your belongings.

  • What if I need more or less space after I move in?

    Once you move in and feel that you need to move into a smaller or bigger space, storage facilities are happy to accommodate your move. Before renting a space, it is recommended that you speak to a storage facility representative to help you find the best sized unit for your needs. If things change through the course of your lease, they will help make the transition to your next unit as efficient and simple as possible. We also have a size guide that may answer some preliminary questions you may have.

  • What access will I have to my belongings?

    You have 78 facilities to choose from in Seattle. Access hours range from 8 to 24 hours a day. Please contact your local facility for more specific information about your unit.

  • If I lose my key, can you provide another one?

    No, storage facility employees do not have copies of the keys used for the units. If you lose your key, check with the facility for lock cutting fees. They may also be able to sell another lock and key to you.

  • What are the prices of the storage spaces? Are prices based on the square footage of the storage space?

    Generally the prices of storage units in Seattle vary based on the size of the storage unit and the location of the unit in the facility. Prices range between 15.0 and 459.0, but representatives can better assist you once they have the details of your storage needs.

  • Do you sell boxes and moving supplies?

    Yes, most storage facilities sell boxes of various sizes, tape, bubble wrap, labels, and other items for your packing and moving needs.

  • Do you have advice on how to pack my storage space?

    Yes, storage managers can provide you with tips and techniques on how to most efficiently utilize your storage space. Their hope is that you can have easy access to your items and that your storage space is worth every penny of your money.

  • Will I receive a monthly invoice?

    Most storage companies in Seattle only provide invoices upon request.

  • What options do I have for payments? What forms of payment do you accept?

    Most storage facilities accept cash, credit cards, or checks. Always ask about autopay, it's faster and much more convenient.

  • Do you provide your customers with movers?

    No, storage facilities do not provide movers. However, managers and team members would be happy to provide you with a list of reliable and reasonably priced movers in Seattle. See our resource guide for movers in Seattle.

  • How long is the lease and what are its terms?

    Storage companies in Seattle offer a month-to-month lease. If for some reason you would like to cancel your lease during a particular month, please contact one of the facility managers to assist you.

  • Do you have different policies and prices for students or active military members?

    Students and active military members are clients that have unique needs because of the nature of their schedules. Most storage facilities in Seattle offer discounts to students, and discounts and different policies for active military members. Please call your local facility or see our students and active military members pages to get detailed and updated information.

  • Should I rent a drive-up or interior storage unit?

    Drive-up storage units are typically more expensive and not as clean as interior units. Drive-up units are more exposed to the elements (water, dust, etc.) and are therefore not as clean as interior units. Interior units, on the other hand, have a much better climate. Essentially, the desire to rent a drive-up unit comes from clients thinking that they will be visiting their unit very frequently, which is surprisingly not the case. Most people don't come to their units as often as they think they will, so given the cost and cleanliness issues, it's better to rent an interior storage unit.

  • Do you have pest control?

    Most facilities in Seattle schedule professional pest control services every month, and twice a month during summer months.

  • How do I know what size storage I need?

    Storage managers would be happy to help you determine which size unit is best for you so that you're not paying for a 19' X 30' unit when you really need a 1' X 1' unit. Please reference our size guide for more information.

  • Will the company have access to my space?

    No, no one in the storage facilities has access to your space unless you specifically ask them or give them the right to do so. For example, you may want them to have access to your unit for things you may want delivered directly to your unit.

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Seattle, WA University Storage

Seattle is kind of a perfect storm for young professionals. It’s home to a growing population of young people and big businesses like Amazon and Microsoft who are always looking for bright recruits. More than half of the city’s residents hold a Bachelor’s degree or higher, so if you’re looking to thrive in the expensive yet rewarding Emerald City, you’ll need to start cracking the books, and if you’re in need of a place to store those books (along with everything else), here’s a few words of advice:

You Might Need Climate Control, But it Won’t be on Summer Break

Rain, rain, rain, right? If you’re new to Seattle and you’re surprised by the lack of constant downpour, here’s what the weather is really like in the area. Seattle is characterized by dry, sunny summers and cooler, wetter winters. Most students across the country looking for a storage unit end up considering climate control during their summer vacations. It turns out that this actually only makes sense if you attend school in a place where summers are hot and humid. Think Florida. You know the saying “it’s not the heat, it’s the humidity?” Well, that might as well be about storage. Here’s the lowdown on how weather and climate actually affect storage. Drastic temperatures (as in below freezing or above 100 degrees) and extreme humidity or lack thereof (think Houston humidity versus Las Vegas aridness) are the things that can damage the contents of your storage unit. During Seattle’s pleasant summers, you won’t really be dealing with either. If you’re headed home for a month during winter break, however, you might want to be a little more concerned, as temperatures are colder and the constant drizzle can cause moisture to enter your unit. Since you won’t be gone for a long time, this isn’t the end of the world unless you’re an art student storing important prints or an English major with a collection of first editions. And hey, if you don’t think you need climate control but you like to be prepared, there’s always facilities like Ballard Mini Storage, which offers all inside units in a heated building.

Make Your College Roommate Your Storage Unit Roommate

One of the hardest things about living in Seattle on a student budget is that it’s not necessarily a student budget friendly city. The best way to save money on storage is to expand your search as far outside of the city as possible. You can find the exact same units (and sometimes even better amenities) at drastically lower prices if you’re okay with driving 10 or 20 miles to get to your facility. Another way to save money is by going in on a storage unit with a friend. If you’re living in a dorm room together, or even an apartment, you probably don’t have enough stuff to warrant needing a storage unit all to yourself anyway. This is also a great idea if you and your roommates have gone in on furniture together, that way you can keep it all in one place. Not sure how much space you need? Use a storage calculator to figure it out and keep it organized.

It’s Not Like Signing a Lease on an Apartment

Hey, we get it. Commitment scares us too. When the storage facility manager says “lease,” it’s totally natural to picture the iron-clad document your landlord had you sign that you only pretended to understand. Unlike apartments, most storage facilities aren’t going to try and hook you for a whole year and then make you pay (literally) and ruin your credit when you try to back out early. Month-to-month leases let you store for as little or as long as you’d like. This is great if you’re moving from a dorm to a house and need a little extra space in between. You’ll probably notice flyers around campus advertising student specials, many of which will offer several months at a flat rate. If  you’re in love with your school, you’re digging your apartment and your plans for the semester definitely don’t include the potential of transferring colleges, moving back home or any other major life change, these are great deals. If you want the flexibility, keep things as simple as possible.

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Seattle, WA RV and Boat Storage

Whether you’ve got an RV, a boat or both, Seattle is a pretty foolproof destination. You can enjoy lush campgrounds, take in in views of coastal islands and be back in time to make a meal out of free samples at Pike Place Market. While it would be pretty cool if you could park your rig at the Seattle Great Wheel, storing your RV or boat when it's not in use can prove challenging in Seattle. But don’t despair. The Emerald City is still a great place to own (and store) an RV or boat, and we’re here to help guide you through the process.

Storage Availability

We’ve already done the legwork and talked to the experts on this one. RV and boat storage is decidedly lacking in Seattle. If you’re will to literally go the extra mile, your options will open up. Another way to find this type of storage is by opting for the most basic level available. This means that rather than setting your sights on the super secure, climate controlled, luxury unit, you might want to consider the simplest option, which basically looks like a parking lot. This type of storage can also just be extra space on the perimeter of the facility’s property. Storage facilities that offer all the bells and whistles, like Western Self Storage in Sumner which offers indoor RV storage will hookups, typically have waiting lists. Even if this is what you want, you might want to consider finding temporary storage at a simpler facility in the meantime.


If you’re wondering what the difference is between storing your RV or boat in what seems to be a parking lot at a storage facility versus storing it in your driveway, you’re forgetting a few big things. The advantage to storing your RV or boat in this type of space rather than outside of your home home is that you don’t have to deal with your landlord’s rules, city street parking enforcements or just that one neighbor who always complains about things on your property that look unsightly. You also get the security of, well, security. Facilities like Ballard Mini Storage offer 24 hour cameras, which allow your RV or boat to have eyes on it at all times. Every storage facility offers a different level of security. This can be something as basic as a good fence and ample lighting, or it can be something as complex as a key coded gate that automatically locks everyone out as soon as the facility closes. When choosing an RV or boat storage facility in Seattle, it’s easy to sign a lease at the first place that has space for you. While we certainly don’t want you missing out on this type of storage in a market where it’s limited, we still think it’s worth it to spend a few minutes chatting with your potential storage facility’s manager. A good manager will demonstrate that he or she is familiar with the property and therefore aware of any shady business, like a tenant living inside of a unit who could end up posing a threat to your RV. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Most facilities rent month-to-month, so if you’re storing your RV or boat at a place that seems secure at first but actually isn’t, you’ll be able to get out of the situation without breaking your lease.

24 Hour Access in Seattle

Besides being a hub of coffee, music and food, the Seattle area is also a dream city if you’re into camping, boating, hiking, biking or any weird outdoor activity that’s yet to be invented. If you like to keep your adventures as local as possible, you’ll still find that most camping destinations near Seattle have one thing in common. They pretty much all claim to be “just a 45 minute drive from Downtown Seattle.” This doesn’t sound too bad until you factor in how long it takes you to pack up your RV or hitch your trailer to your car. Add in traffic and the trip from your weekend retreat in the woods back to your storage facility is definitely not 45 minutes long. For example, if you decide to camp at Tall Chief RV and Camping Resort and you want to spend a little extra time gazing at Snoqualmie Falls, you might be getting home on Sunday night rather than Sunday afternoon. If your storage facility isn’t accessible 24 hours a day, this is a real problem. Opt for one that’s open when you need it to be, or talk to your facility manager about this. If you’re dealing with a unit that’s managed by a smaller company, managers can sometimes offer extended access to those who are willing to pay for it. An extra few hours in nature? Totally worth it.

Seattle, WA Military StorageViewHide

Seattle, WA Military Storage

If you’re moving to Seattle for military reasons; congratulations. You’re moving to one of the most important military locations in the country. Being on a base in the Pacific Northwest often feels more like being in a separate town complete with residential homes, stores and community activities. For newcomers to the area, the sticker shock of living in a place where the cost of living is well above the national average can make for a tough adjustment. Figuring out housing, a school for your children and what to do with your limited free time can be made easy thanks to the resources of a large community of military peers, but those men and women might not be able to help you figure out storage. That’s where we come in.

Storage Near Joint Base Lewis-McChord

Joint Base Lewis-McChord is so big it’s more accurate to compare it to a small city than a town. It has enough distinct communities (22!) that anyone relocating to this base will want to do some serious housing research before settling on the right neighborhood. Luckily, whatever neighborhood you choose will allow for easy access to a storage facility. Searching for storage in Seattle itself is, to put it bluntly, kind of pointless if you’re living at or near Joint Base Lewis-McChord as storage is more readily available and significantly cheaper outside of the city. There are 94 facilities near Spanaway, which is just seven miles from the base. Because so many of these facilities deal with military members on a daily basis, they’re aware of your unique needs and more willing to offer discounts and specials based on this. One such facility that understands the needs of military members along with the needs of just about everyone else is Midland Self Storage. They’re located in nearby Tacoma and they offer climate control, 24 hour cameras, and truck rental, which is a great amenity for you to take advantage of if you’re moving into new privatized housing.

Storage Near Naval Station Everett

Located 30 miles north of Seattle is Naval Station Everett, a homeport for the US navy carrier strike group Nimitz. If you’re moving here, you’ll be one of 6,000 sailors and civilian contractors who use this base regularly. Housing is privatized and available through Forest City Military Communities. There’s also a rental partnership program that helps military families and individuals find affordable, comfortable housing off base. Like Joint Base Lewis-McChord, if you’re stationed at Naval Station Everett it’s in your best interest to look for storage outside of the center of Seattle. In Everett, you can search 46 storage facilities to find the one that meets your needs. Since you’re in the navy, we think it’s safe to say that you’re not opposed to boat ownership down the road. Luckily, in addition to offering storage for your personal items, nearby facilities like Premier Storage Everett and Money Saver Mini Storage offer RV, car and boat storage. The latter even offers a free month of storage when you sign a lease.

Storage Near US Coast Guard Puget Sound

This base, located in Seattle, is also known as the 13th District. The US Coast Guard Puget Sound conducts search and rescue, patrol, boat safety, inspections and has 132 boats and 11 aircraft on the base. An estimated 3,000 active duty and reserve members use this base and communicate with regional and international bases (Canada is just over the border). Unfortunately, the base will only house you if you’re a junior enlisted member in the barracks. If this is your situation, you should still consider saving money by looking for storage outside of Seattle if you’ve got extra stuff with you and are able to commute. If this doesn’t appeal to you, consider renting at Stor-More Self Storage-West Seattle. At three miles from the base, it’s not necessarily walking distance, but the $15 rate for a 3x4 unit (just enough space to store your valuables) might make the journey worth it.

Storage Near Naval Air Station Whidbey Island

Naval Air Station Whidbey Island is a pretty unique situation when it comes to searching for storage. It’s an exceptionally beautiful spot located on an island and encompasses two separate areas: a seaplane base and a naval air station. 1,500 housing units are available through Forest City Residential, and you’ll have the option of opting for this or choosing to live off base, though the remoteness of this island location makes the latter somewhat inconvenient. Either way you go, your best options for storage near the base are going to be in Oak Harbor, where you can choose from 13 facilities including PODS Moving and Storage which allows you to have your storage unit brought to you. You can load it up and have it picked up at your convenience.

Storage Near Naval Base Kitsap

Naval Base Kitsap, formerly the separate bases of Bremerton and Bangor, is located across the Puget Sound on the Kitsap Peninsula just a short ferry ride away from Seattle. Privatized housing is offered through Forest City Residential but the base also maintains almost 900 navy owned units, which might not be the size you’re hoping for, so storage can offer some relief in this area. If you’re one of the 13,000 men and women who use this base and its deepwater port, it’s in your best interest to look for storage in Bremerton. Storing your belongings in Seattle is not only more expensive, it’s likely to include a ferry ride (fun when you’re sightseeing, not so fun when you’re hauling boxes of stuff).
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