Mini Storage Building Design Elements


While self storage and mini storage facilities have proven themselves to be a great real estate investment there are many things to consider when designing and building a self storage facility.Of course, understanding your market and competitors will be important to create a self storage facility for success in your chosen market.

There are certain characteristics of RV and boat mini storage building design that are different from standard mini storage buildings. Paying attention to these mini storage building design elements are key to creating a great customer experience. Ignoring these mini storage building design elements and you could face customer dissatisfaction and low building utilization. Here are three RV and boat mini storage building design elements key to a successful mini storage business.

Taking into consideration many elements needed to create the very best facility for a property can be overwhelming. Once you have decided on the right design and type of storage units for your market, you will be able to easily choose the remaining elements for added convenience for your facility.

This article will walk through 3 RV and boat mini storage building design elements to help you create a great self storage building.

1) Mini Storage Building Property Layout

Mini Storage buildings are present in urban, suburban, and rural environments. Self Storage buildings can be built all on one story or in a multi-story facility

In ideal circumstances, mini storage buildings holding RV’s and boats need to be located away from higher traffic mini storage buildings. If the circumstance does not allow this there needs to be adequate turnaround and driving space between buildings for easy boat parking.

It is best to structure your facility higher traffic away from the higher volume mini storage traffic. These buildings require 40’ to 50’ turning radius to enter/exit the mini storage building.

2) Mini Storage Building Height

This type of building needs to be no higher than 16’ at any point. You will need that height to accommodate clearances of the RV or boat contents. If you exceed the eve height of 16’ at any point in the RV or boat mini storage building it will require a commercial type framing. The commercial mini storage building type framing is much more expensive than standard mini storage type framing.

3) Commercial Roll Up Door Size

RV or boat mini storage buildings typically requires a commercial roll up door with 2 hole slide bolt latches on the outside. Typically the door size is 2’ less than the width of the unit size and 23” below the eve height of the unit for headroom clearances. This means a 16’ tall eve height building could accommodate up to a 14’ commercial roll up door.

Typical Unit Size Within An RV Or Boat Mini Storage Building


  • A 60’x140’ x16’ single slope mini storage building would have qty 10 – 14’x60’ units side by side with 12’x14’ doors on the high side with a distance of 2’ between adjacent units
  • A 60’x120’x 16’ single slope mini storage building would have qty 10 – 12’x60’ units and 11’x14’ doors on the high side with 2’ distance between adjacent units
  • A 40’x120’x16’ single slope mini storage building would have qty 10- 20’x40’ units with 11’x14’ doors with 2’ distance between adjacent doors.

If one is to have a successful mini storage business, attention must be paid to the design characteristics of their RV and boat building design and layout. The elements to consider are the mini storage building property layout, the mini storage building height and the commercial roll up door size.

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