Size of the Industry

It is always difficult to calculate the true size of the self storage industry in any region as there are, and will be a number of companies who are entering the market in a small way, who are ‘testing the water’, or suggesting that they are self storage providers when actually they are not. Associations gathering data on their industry are often not aware of these smaller operators and will traditionally have stronger data on their members, than non member operations.

There will always be some businesses, large and small that for various reasons do not wish to become members of their local industry association. Over the past year, FEDESSA and its members have, however, increased their efforts to measure the size of the self storage industry, including thef non members sites, in every European country.

We estimate that there are around 2,700 facilities of any note across Europe.  The Europe-wide figure increases to approximately 7.7 million when unconverted space is added. That is space within a self storage property that has the potential to be fitted out for self storage, but as yet has not been developed. It is common for self storage buildings to be fitted out in stages as occupancy rates increase on the developed units.

 
Country Population Est. no facilities  Total current  rentable sqm sqm per person Facilities per million population

Austria

8,751,820

47

88,000

0.010

5.4

Belgium

11,498,519

88

200,000

0.017

7.7

Czech Republic

10,625,250

5

14,000

0.001

0.5

Denmark

5,754,356

92

196,000

0.034

16.0

Estonia

1,306,788

3

3,000

0.002

2.3

Finland

5,542,517

68

155,000

0.028

12.3

France

65,233,271

480

1,150,000

0.018

7.4

Germany

82,293,457

234

562,000

0.007

2.8

Hungary

9,688,847

16

41,000

0.004

1.7

Iceland

337,780

7

19,000

0.056

20.7

Ireland

4,803,748

28

90,000

0.019

5.8

Italy

59,290,969

56

175,000

0.003

0.9

Latvia

1,929,938

3

7,500

0.004

1.6

Lithuania

2,876,475

1

1,500

0.001

0.3

Netherlands

17,084,459

303

890,000

0.052

17.7

Norway

5,353,363

139

133,000

0.025

26.0

Poland

38,104,832

17

26,000

0.001

0.4

Portugal

10,291,196

19

56,500

0.005

1.8

Romania

19,580,634

5

15,000

0.001

0.3

Spain

46,397,452

426

910,000

0.020

9.2

Sweden

9,982,709

159

430,000

0.043

15.9

Switzerland

8,544,034

91

85,000

0.010

10.7

UK (incl. containers)

66,573,504

1,505

4,460,000

0.067

22.6

Europe in total

491,845,918

3,792

9,707,500

0.020

7.7

US

326,766,748

54,100

285,000,000

0.872

165.6

Australia

24,772,247

1,300

4,050,000

0.163

52.5