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Self storage in Dorset

Indoor Storage Vs Outdoor Storage: Which should you use?

There are many reasons why you might be considering using self storage in Dorset. Whether you are moving house or offices, are having a de-clutter, or are looking for somewhere to store your caravan, motorhome, or classic car. But what kind of storage unit should you use, indoor or outdoor?

In this article, we will share some of the differences between each so that you can make an informed decision and get on with the real task at hand…sorting your belongings out.

Outdoor Storage Units

Outdoor storage units are exactly what they say, storage units that are outside. There are two types of outdoor storage; one is usually a shipping container and the other is an outdoor plot like a parking space that is used for motorhome, caravan or classic car storage.

These containers usually have drive-up or walk-up access, meaning that you can drive your car right up to the door of the unit and unload it directly into the storage space. It makes packing (or unpacking) your storage unit quick and easy as it is just a few steps to the next load each time.

This is especially helpful if you are planning to store heavy furniture and items as you won’t have to worry about navigating your way through corridors and hallways with your belongings on a trolley.

Items that can be stored in an outdoor storage unit include

  • Lawnmower and gardening equipment,
  • Bicycles,
  • Canoes or kayaks,
  • Camping gear,
  • Christmas decorations,
  • Garden Furniture,
  • And more.

At Hogleaze Storage, we currently only offer outdoor motorhome and caravan plots our self storage facility in Dorchester. However, as we expand our facility, container storage might be available in the future, keep an eye out on our Facebook page for further updates.

Things to Consider When Using Outdoor Storage

Outdoor storage units have a few points that should be considered before hiring one.

The container, motorhome, or caravan, is exposed to the weather and elements. If storing a motorhome or caravan in an outdoor unit you may want to consider using a cover to protect it from UV rays, or wet weather.

Most outdoor storage units aren’t temperature-controlled, so if you have items that are susceptible to extreme weather, such as extreme heat, bitter cold, or excessive humidity, this might not be the best option for you.

If you are looking to store something more valuable or sensitive, you might want to consider indoor storage at our Dorchester or Weymouth storage facilities.

Inside Storage Units

Again, an inside storage unit is exactly what it says, a storage unit that is inside a building.

With one of these, you will enter a building to access your belongings, meaning that if you pack your storage unit on a rainy day you will stay dry (mostly… no matter how close you get your car to the entrance, we can’t guarantee you won’t get wet). It also makes it easier when rummaging for that one item that you desperately need in the coming days, as you won’t have to worry about letting rain into your self-storage unit.

Indoor storage units in Dorset are often temperature controlled, making them a suitable place to store items that may be sensitive to the weather and other important belongings.

These storage units can sometimes feel a little more secure than outdoor storage, as the units are in an enclosed building, providing an extra level of protection. At Hogleaze Storage, our buildings are locked, and you will receive your own fob to gain entrance to them. Plus we have CCTV cameras around our Dorchester and Weymouth storage facilities, and our staff do regular inspections of the site to ensure your belongings are being stored safely.

Indoor storage units are suitable for the following items:

  • Collectibles,
  • Artwork,
  • Wine and spirits,
  • Household appliances,
  • Family heirlooms,
  • Photos and photo albums,
  • Plastic items such as toys,
  • Electronics,
  • Clothing,
  • Upholstered furniture,
  • Wooden furniture,
  • Mattresses.

As well as our indoor self storage units in Dorset, Hogleaze Storage also provides undercover caravan, motorhome and classic car storage plots, so you can benefit from the advantages of indoor units while storing your motorhome, caravan, or classic car. These plots are like indoor car parks, where you are allocated a space for your vehicle.

Things to Consider When Using Indoor Storage

Just like outdoor storage units, there are a few things that you should consider before hiring an indoor storage unit.

If you are looking for somewhere with easy access, you might not find this with indoor self storage. Depending on availability, you might end up with a storage unit upstairs, so you will have to wheel or carry belongings to a lift, and no matter where your storage unit is, you won’t be able to drive your car up to the entrance of the unit.

We have trolleys at both our Dorchester and Weymouth storage facilities, to make moving items to and from your car as easy as possible.

Made A Decision?

If you have decided that an indoor storage unit is what you might need to hold your items, we are here to help.

We are members of the Self Storage Association, meaning that we adhere to strict rules and regulations that guide self storage conditions so you can rest assured your belongings are in a safe and secure location.

To learn more about our Weymouth storage facility, give us a call on 01305 830000, or if you are looking for self storage in Dorchester, call us on 01305 889777.

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

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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.
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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.

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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.

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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