Surprising Things You Didn't Know About Self Storage

All Storage Online | August 10, 2021 @ 12:00 AM

We may be self-storage aficionados at All Storage, but we also completely understand that not everyone finds the topic fascinating. After all, self storage is pretty straightforward, right? It’s in the name—self storage, a place where you (hence the self) store your items.

When you picture a storage facility, you might imagine a concrete facility and a row of nondescript garage-like structures with roll-top doors. This is self storage at its most basic, and while super bare-bones facilities like this do exist and are still a great option for your clutter, today’s storage units (including the ones at All Storage in Texas and Oklahoma) come with some surprising features. They also come with a surprising amount of history and some fun facts.

Whether you’re looking for party fodder or you’re curious about this ever-growing industry, come along on a journey with us through four surprising things you didn’t know about self storage:

The Official Origin of Self Storage is Hotly Debated

Self storage facilities seem like they’ve been around forever—but when did they originate? Turns out there’s no official answer to that question. Some folks say self storage originated in ancient Xi’an, China, when Xiang Lau built a rudimentary storage facility after noticing his neighbors were storing belongings in clay pots outside of their homes. Others say it began in Nebraska.

One thing we can say for sure is that the origin of the self storage chain has its roots in All Storage’s home state of Texas. In the 1960s, self storage chains popped up on the sites of cheap, unused lots, such as abandoned drive-in theaters. According to a 2005 article from Slate on self storage in America, they were popular due to the booming economy (Translation: People were buying more stuff.) and the rising divorce rate (Translation: People were splitting up said stuff.).

Drive-in Indoor Storage is a Thing

Remember those rows of extremely basic storage units baking in the sun we mentioned earlier? Self storage has come a long, long way since then, and we’re not just talking about climate-controlled units. All Storage offers EZ Drive-Thru self storage which allows you to drive your vehicle into a fully-enclosed, climate-controlled building and park by your storage unit. This is not only great for the items you’re storing, which will stay dry and at an adequate temperature and humidity level, but great for you. No getting a sunburn while you unload your items, or calling off your trip due to a thunderstorm. It also adds an extra layer of security, as the building is only accessible to tenants.

The City With the Biggest Demand for Self Storage is…

What city do you think has the highest demand for self storage? We’ll give you a second to guess. Okay...ready? According to data from Sparefoot, it’s Las Vegas, Nevada, where the average cost of a storage unit is $92.74. If you’re wondering why this is, we think we have a hunch. In 2020, Las Vegas was the second fastest-growing city in the United States, according to Updater. More new residents = increased demand for storage units.

Thanks to #vanlife, RV Storage is in High Demand

Self storage isn’t just for your old couch, your kids’ clothes that no longer fit, and all of those Christmas sweaters from your grandmother that you will totally wear someday (okay, maybe you won’t). It’s also a great solution for RV and boat owners.

During Covid, RV sales hit a record high thanks to the growing trend of full-time, or at least part-time, RVing—also known on social media as #vanlife. According to a report from the RV Industry Association, in June 2020, 40,462 units were delivered to retailers, representing a sharp rise in the popularity of one model in particular: van campers. While other models such as motorhomes, fifth wheels, and trailers, declined in popularity, beginner-friendly van camper sales soared. If you’re new to RVing or you’d like to try it out but aren’t ready to commit to 365 days on the road, RV storage can be a great option for you. Like RVs themselves, this type of storage is in high demand, so reserve your space early or snag one year-round so you always have a place to park.