Most people think storage warehouse is the same as self-storage – they are not! These two are actually very different. Warehousing is usually catered for industrial and commercial purposes, while self-storage serves personal and small business needs.

But who’s to stop you from choosing one over the other? There are no fixed rules for storage choices. It depends on your requirements among a few other factors. Here’s an overarching comparison of these two options. We hope it’ll give you more insight to make the right decision.



Warehouses are typically found in industrial areas, as their primary customers are manufacturers, wholesalers and exporters alike. Not the most ideal place if you don’t fall under this customer category. Industrial areas are also a little too ‘ulu’ and out of the way, don’t you think so?


For personal use, self-storage facilities are a better choice as they are strategically located across town for easy access. Extra Space Asia gives you the luxury of multiple locations across the country. Simply find a facility nearest to you here!

Storage Features


When you read the term ‘warehouse’ the first thing that comes to mind is big old buildings, forklifts and so on. Right? You’re not wrong. Not only are warehouses larger in general, but the ceilings are also much higher to accommodate industrial goods. If you don’t have much to store, save that space and opt for something more suitable.


Here at Extra Space Asia, you can choose from a variety of storage space sizes. State-of-the-art CCTV work to monitor the facility round the clock and customers can only enter their storage unit with their unique access PIN. Add your own personal lock on top of all that, and you’ll enjoy full peace of mind knowing that your belongings are kept in a safe place. Privacy is also a priority here. This is why Extra Space Asia has zero access to your storage unit – 100% privacy guaranteed!

What’s more, you’ll have the freedom to visit your storage unit any day, any time at your convenience. No more rushing to beat the closing hours anymore.

Pros and Cons

Still unsure? Let our pros and cons table help you out.


Warehouse Self-Storage
Pros Large facilities, high ceilings


May come with fulfilling, handling and transportation options




Variety of sizes, catered to your needs (choose to upsize or downsize any time)

High-end security, round-the-clock CCTV monitoring

Various strategic locations (multiple outlets)

Ease of access (enter at any time of the day)

Privacy guaranteed

On-site assistance from our team of dedicated Customer Service consultants

Cons Limited access


No flexibility (leases are generally year-long)

Responsible for own packing, loading, and transporting

Facility size may be limiting, as the ceilings are not high


So warehouse? Or self-storage? We think it all boils down to what you need. Like all decisions, each choice has its advantages. Which perk benefits you more? Visit Extra Space Asia today and let’s explore more possibilities together!