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Types of self storage

Types of Self Storage | Units, caravan & more…

Self storage solutions are essential for anyone looking to declutter their home or office, move house or downsize, or even to safely store away their campervan or classic car when they’re not in use. Additionally, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic many people including students are suddenly finding themselves needing to return home to study and work. In some cases, this has created an additional need for a short-term storage solution.

In any of these situations, it’s necessary to find a type of storage that is affordable, secure, easily accessible and the correct size for your individual needs. In this article, we take a look at the different types of self storage available, reveal why self storage may be the best solution for you, and breakdown the options available to you at Hogleaze Storage.

What types of self-storage are available?

There are many types of storage solutions available, each of which offers different benefits depending on what you are looking to store. Here we discuss the four most common types of self storage used today.


Container storage units such as shipping containers are usually found on large plots with security fencing around them. The space inside the shipping container itself is typically 150 square feet (in comparison, our largest self storage unit is 190 square feet). Whilst cheaper than some storage options, external containers are exposed to seasonal extremes of temperature and may be vulnerable to damp. Items such as paper, cardboard boxes, soft furnishings and precious memorabilia may not withstand these kinds of conditions. Any requirement to sort your goods will have to be done outside, so hope for dry weather!


Lockups are privately owned garages that are sub-let to individuals or businesses looking for additional storage space. They are often located on housing estates and are typically smaller than other storage options, often in the region of 124 square feet. Whilst lockups are generally accessible 24/7, there is often no additional security other than the padlock on the outside. This puts your items at a higher risk of theft and also exposes them to possible fire or flood damage from the surrounding built-up area.

Furniture Depositories

Some furniture removal companies offer storage as an additional service for people moving abroad or into rental accommodation for example. Typically, the amount of space will be plentiful, however accessing your belongings whenever you want may prove to be difficult or even impossible and you may end up being charged every time you want to visit your stored items.

Self storage units

Most people who store business or personal belongings need to retrieve their possessions regularly, and this is where self storage units are great. Conveniently located, self storage companies offer their clients a variety of options when it comes to visiting their sites. Whether it’s 7 days a week or 24/7 like our Dorchester site, rest assured that you can get your belongings at a time convenient to you. The added extra is that unlike other storage methods, self-storage companies usually have several layers of security too!

Why self storage units are the best choice…

We may be biased, but we think self storage is the best all-round solution for storage and we’ve got a CaSSOA Gold Award to prove it! Here are just some of the reasons why you should choose Hogleaze self storage:


When it comes to keeping your personal belongings, business documents or vehicles safe, the security provisions in place at our self storage units are unparalleled. At Hogleaze, as well as being fully secure, our storage units are overseen by an on-site team. This means that not only is our focus on personal service, but your items are even more protected. On-site CCTV and licence plate recognition give extra layers of security.


Hogleaze has two self storage sites; one in Dorchester and one in Weymouth. Both sites are easily accessible but are also self-contained away from other houses or buildings. This means there is little to no risk of fire or flood damage from surrounding suburban areas. We offer access to your units 24/7 with a key fob at our Dorchester site and 7 days a week at our Weymouth site.


We have a wide choice of plots to suit both individuals and businesses including:

  • Vehicle storage (interior and exterior) at our Dorchester site – the ideal solution for storing your caravan, motorhome, vintage car or boats.
  • Domestic storage – the size of our domestic storage units range from 25 square ft floor area up to 190 square ft floor area. So, whether you’re looking to store just a few items or furniture from your entire house; we can help you find your perfect storage solution.
  • Business storage – our storage units are perfect for storing office documents, files and excess stock you wish to keep off-site but in a safe and easily accessible location.


Hogleaze Storage is a proud member of the Self Storage Association UK (SSA UK) and as such, we exercise best practice and adhere to industry standards when it comes to storing our customers’ belongings.

As well as the benefits listed above, both our self storage sites offer the following:

  • Key fob entry access
  • Trolleys to make moving your belongings easy
  • CCTV & number plate recognition cameras for security
  • Storage boxes available on site
  • Insurance cover for stored goods
  • Contracts as short as one month
  • Discounted rates when storing for more than 6 months

Hogleaze Storage is a family-run business, and we strive to make our customers feel happy and valued. Simple things like ensuring we’re always at the end of the telephone and delivering on the promises we make; these are the foundations that we have built our established business on for the past 20 years. So, if you’re looking for reliable Dorset storage solutions at an affordable rate then you’ve come to the right place.

If you require help with your business, vehicle or domestic storage or you find you need more space the longer you work from home, contact Hogleaze Storage today to find out how we can help you. Our storage units come in different sizes, from as little as £33 per month, and we offer a zero deposit policy at both our Dorchester and Weymouth sites. See our price list for more details*.

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*Rates quoted are corrected as of 14.04.2020. However, please note prices are subject to change with prior notification. To check rates or make a booking please call 01305 889777.

Excellent Security and Beautiful Views

I very much appreciate the security (and, by the way, the beautiful

scenery) surrounding Hogleaze.

Claire Gross Dorchester Self Storage
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Hogleaze provides excellent facilities and service

We are emailing you to inform you that we have sold our motorhome and will no longer require the pitch. Should we buy another van, we will of course come back if you have availability.

You provide excellent facilities and service.

Ken and Cordie Tett Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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Really impressed with the service & customer-focused attention

I was really impressed with the service and customer-focused attention I received dealing with you both. Prompt replies to my enquiries and professional standards throughout mean that my first thoughts on needing storage will be towards Hogleaze. Also, as I mentioned when meeting you, my work involves motor homes, camper vans and the occasional ‘shed’ and I have and will continue to recommend you. I took several of your cards for this purpose!

Unfortunately, our house move failed as the buyers pulled out on Christmas Eve (nice) so I’ve put my MX5 back in our double garage but I was happy knowing it was safe and snug at yours!

Guy Henville Dorchester Self Storage
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Fantastic value, easy and secure.

Fantastic value, easy and secure. Would not hesitate to use again if needed.

Alex Davies Weymouth Self Storage
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Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years…

Having stored motorhomes at Hogleaze over a number of years I have seen great improvements made to the facilities. It is a really good storage area offering very secure facilities for whatever your storage needs.
Jan Hankin Dorchester Self Storage
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My second time of using Hogleaze for storage.

My second time of using Hogleaze for storage. Friendly, accommodating and efficient. Easy access and secure. Everything you need. Thank you.

Richard Allen Dorchester Self Storage
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Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. 

Very pleased with Hogleaze Storage. Clean, bright and modern storage with easy access at any time. Trolleys provided for moving your items. Very reasonable costs.
Bronwen James Dorchester Self Storage
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Found the facility to be safe and secure

I used Hogleaze Storage for many years and found the facility to be safe and secure. My belongings stayed dry; the ambient temperature seemed just right and there was no dampness. Wooden furniture; cardboard boxes and books all survived intact. The staff are also helpful and friendly. I recommend this facility.
Peter Lewis Dorchester Self Storage
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Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Thank you for your excellent service as I made use of your storage unit 215.

Having never used self storage before your help was much appreciated. I would certainly use your facility again when there is a need. I would also recommend your company to others.

Bob Malone Dorchester Self Storage
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Excellent facilities.

Excellent facilities. Gave us exactly what we were looking for.

Peter Bachrach Dorchester Self Storage
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Very secure.

We used Hogleaze Storage for nearly 1 year excellent faculties and all storage units very secure and high standard. Staff always friendly and happy to help. Would highly recommend them!

Claire Beaumont Self Storage
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Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage.

Absolutely brilliant service from Hogleaze Storage. Really good rates, clean and light building with easy access. Can’t rate them highly enough. Thanks Hogleaze Storage!

‎Rob Hodgkinson‎ Self Storage
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I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have.

It was lovely to meet you last Friday and finally get the Caravan in to secure storage. I really like the facility and I am very impressed with the setup you have. I received your welcome letter yesterday and have set up the standing order for the 1st July and then to continue at the begin of each month thereafter.

Thank you once again.

Kirston Dorchester caravan Vehicle Storage
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I would recommend Hogleaze Storage to anyone thinking of storing their possessions

It has been a most enjoyable experience entrusting Hogleaze Storage Ltd with my furniture, household and personal possessions, since August 2012.

It was good to meet Shelley, her helpful and friendly demeanor, nothing was too much – she even brought along bolt cutters in case I could not open the padlock on the shutter doors. She was happy to show Gentleman Removals and myself the way.

The service has been excellent throughout the seven years, with up-to-date monthly invoices and security information – thoughtful and caring – all my possessions including the ones I did not know I had stored in the unit, were intact and working.

I would recommend Hogleaze Storage Ltd to anyone thinking of storing their household, office and personal possessions, whether short or long-term. The location is worth a visit on its own, the site is safe and secure, clean and accessible 24/7.

Simon Dorchester Self Storage
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The storage facilities are amazing!

Mr Evans caravan Vehicle Storage
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Using Hogleaze again

We are very pleased with the service and will be using Hogleaze again at some point!

Mr Stein Self Storage
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I have been delighted with the facilities provided and I’m sure I’ll be using Hogleaze again!

Mr Walsh Self Storage
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Excellent storage facilities

Hogleaze has excellent storage facilities which are also impressive both from a security and cleanliness point of view

Ms Maskall caravan Vehicle Storage
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A great experience

I have had a great experience with Hogleaze’s storage services and would recommend to anyone

Mr Huxford Self Storage
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A pleasure

It’s been a pleasure using your great facilities

Mr Beaumont Self Storage
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Recommended secure storage

I would recommend you to any people looking for secure strorage

Mr Graff Self Storage
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Thank you

I would like to thank you for the good service we have received whilst storing our caravan with you

Mr Bosley caravan Vehicle Storage
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Enjoyed the services

We have enjoyed the services at your storage facility and will hopefully be returning to you again in the future

Mr and Mrs Marsden Self Storage
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Find Us


Hogleaze Storage
Town Hill Farm
Town Hill
Winterbourne Abbas

phone 01305 889777


Hogleaze Self Storage
12 Cambridge Road
Granby Industrial Estate

phone 01305 830000

Areas we cover

  • Dorchester
  • Bridport
  • Weymouth
  • Bridport