It is always difficult to calculate the exact size of the self storage industry in any region. Not all facilites are officially registered and small facilities can be opened in rural areas with limited marketing or online presence.
There will always 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. Individual operators gathering data on their industry are often not aware of these smaller operators, and associations will traditionally have stronger data on their members than non member operators.
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 increased their efforts to measure the size of the self storage industry, including the non member sites in every European country. We estimate that there are around 4,290 facilities of any note across Europe.