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

8,735,453

32

82,000

0.009

3.7

Belgium

11,429,336

36

151,000

0.013

3.1

Czech Republic

10,618,303

5

14,000

0.001

0.5

Denmark

5,733,551

71

180,000

0.031

12.4

Estonia

1,306,632

3

3,000

0.002

2.3

Finland

5,523,231

60

142,000

0.026

10.9

France

64,979,548

355

975,000

0.015

5.5

Germany

82,114,224

202

509,000

0.006

2.5

Hungary

9,721,559

15

39,000

0.004

1.5

Iceland

335,025

8

19,000

0.057

23.9

Ireland

4,761,657

25

81,000

0.017

5.3

Italy

59,359,900

50

170,000

0.003

0.8

Latvia

1,949,670

3

5,300

0.003

1.5

Lithuania

2,890,297

1

1,500

0.001

0.3

Netherlands

17,035,938

289

865,000

0.051

17.0

Norway

5,305,383

75

87,000

0.016

14.1

Poland

38,170,712

13

13,500

0.000

0.3

Portugal

10,329,506

18

55,000

0.005

1.7

Romania

19,679,306

2

15,000

0.001

0.1

Spain

46,354,321

345

890,000

0.019

7.4

Sweden

9,910,701

148

410,000

0.041

14.9

Switzerland

8,476,005

59

62,500

0.007

7.0

UK (incl. containers)

66,181,585

1,432

3,948,378

0.060

21.6

Europe in total

490,904,843

3,247

8,718,178

0.018

6.6

US

324,459,463

54,100

285,000,000

0.878

166.7

Australia*

24,450,561

1,300

4,050,000

0.166

53.2