South Korea Self-Storage Market - Growth, Trends, COVID-19 Impact, and Forecasts (2023 - 2028)

The South Korea Self-Storage Market is Segmented by End-user (Personal, Business).

South Korea Self-Storage Market Size

South Korea Self-storage Market
Study Period: 2018 - 2028
CAGR: 7.5 %

Major Players


*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order


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South Korea Self-Storage Market Analysis

The South Korea Self-Storage Market is expected to register a CAGR of 7.5 % during the forecast period (2022 - 2027). People in South Korea work from home frequently and seek ways to declutter their houses. To make the room more usable, rarely used furniture and other items are being moved to storage facilities.

  • The demand for self-storage in South Korea has been growing steadily. The land is becoming scarce as cities become more densely populated, and the average house size is shrinking. As a result, many consumers are beginning to turn to self-storage as an affordable solution to their lack of space. Moreover, it is expected that demand will remain, as storage is an essential need for many, whether for personal or business use.
  • The self-storage market in South Korea has witnessed steady growth over the studied period. By 2023, the number of self-storage facilities in the region is expected to reach 226 with a lettable area of 5,13,246 sq. ft. The market sizing estimates reflect the number of self-storage facilities in the region and the space available for renting or leasing units to personal and business end-users for storage.
  • Self-storage may continue to grow among South Korean consumers, both domestic and foreign. Customers are expected to benefit from improved convenience and accessibility as the number of facilities grows, without having to drive far to see their unit. Additionally, future storage facilities are anticipated to resemble laundromats in size, be completely automated, and be unattended as a result of the quick growth of technology.
  • The country is technologically advanced and is able to produce modern and innovative storage solutions for its customers. Offering the ease of online storage unit reservations with the use of communication tools and movies is one of them. Customers have experienced reduced travel time and enjoy how simple it is to choose their favorite unit whenever and wherever they are. Therefore, convenience and ease of booking through technology are key drivers of the market's growth.
  • The COVID-19 pandemic has acted as a catalyst in the market, adding to the demand for self-storage facilities in South Korea. Due to the rise in work-from-home culture, offices were forced to shut down and move their excess stuff to storage facilities. The rising cost of rent and house prices and shrinking rental places also played a vital role in driving the self-storage market in the region.

South Korea Self-Storage Industry Segmentation

The study tracks the key market parameters, underlying growth influencers, and major vendors operating in the industry, which supports the market estimations and growth rates over the forecast period. The study also tracks the revenue accrued from the self-storage facilities used across end-users. The study further analyses the overall impact of COVID-19 on the ecosystem.

The South Korea Self-storage Market is Segmented by End User (Personal, Business).

By End-user

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South Korea Self-Storage Market Trends

This section covers the major market trends shaping the South Korea Self-Storage Market according to our research experts:

Personal Segment is Expected to Drive the Market Growth

  • Personal storage includes household goods, out-of-season clothing, suitcases, bicycles, toys, photo albums, furniture, and so on. The need for self-storage facilities in South Korea is anticipated to remain strong in the upcoming years due to the city's vast population and severely constrained living quarters, etc. As a result, the market receives the business strategy and occupancy rate well.
  • Space remains the major reason in South Korea for the transfer of household items to self-storage facilities. An increasing number of customers are resorting to self-storage facilities better to manage the space available in their businesses and homes as space in some of Korea's largest cities becomes ever more constrained.
  • The urban population of South Korea regularly uses self-storage facilities as a result of their increased mobility and the rising cost of housing in urban areas with smaller areas for free-range movement. In keeping with this, the constantly growing Korean population is facilitating the need for more storage as families grow and accumulate more material goods, hence promoting market expansion.
  • Self-storage facilities could be an option given the lack of residential space alternatives when enough domestic storage space is not readily accessible and could be a cost-saving choice for people who are hesitant to move to larger homes. For instance, ski enthusiasts who do not have enough space to store their equipment off-season can rent self-storage space. The same goes for other sports like golf, horse riding, etc., making self-storage popular among the local public in South Korea.
  • Flexible timings and contracts, electronics access, ease of access and convenience, upfront discounts, referrals, and high-end services like temperature and humidity-controlled lockers and storage provided by the companies also attract the daily customers to easily store their belongings and get back whenever they need it. Therefore, the technological advantage and security offered by the vendors are also seen as a major contribution to the growth of the market in personal consumer space in the region.
South Korea Self-storage Market

Changing Business Practices and COVID-19 Consumer Behavior

  • Due to lockdowns, travel restrictions, and business closures, COVID-19 has had an impact on the businesses and industries of numerous nations. The closing of numerous plants and factories has had a detrimental influence on the production, delivery schedules, and sales of goods on the international market. Business warned of potential delivery delays and eventual sales declines.
  • Additionally, the chances for commercial relationships and collaborations are being impacted by the international travel bans implemented by nations in Europe, Asia Pacific, and North America. It is observed that in South Korea, the pandemic has had both driving and minor negating impacts on the overall self-storage market.
  • Tourists are one of the users of the self-storage industry. Tourists usually prefer storing their access goods, such as shopping and collectible items, in short-duration storage boxes, before bulk shipping them to their native countries in order to save shipping costs. The fall in tourism also marks a direct impact and loss of business for the self-storage market.
  • COVID-19 has hugely impacted the South Korean tourism industry. Korea Tourism Organization estimates that 967 thousand foreign tourists will visit South Korea in 2021. However, this number in 2019 was 17.5 million. The number of visitors to South Korea originally decreased by more than 85% due to COVID-19 in 2020, before decreasing by a further 62% in 2021.
  • Additionally, COVID-19 has prompted many business owners to use self-storage. Self-storage facilities are frequently chosen to store surplus office supplies, including electronic equipment, furniture, documents, etc., particularly in large cities like Seoul, where renting office space can be expensive.
South Korea Self-storage Market

South Korea Self-Storage Industry Overview

The South Korea Self-storage Market comprises several global players vying for attention in a moderately fragmented market space. In order to differentiate amongst offerings, the players have been focused on competitive pricing, promotional activities, advertisements, and added features such as parking facilities, 24x7 access, and climate control. The presence of these players and their constant innovative activities. As the market poses moderate barriers to entry for new players, several new entrants backed by VCs have been able to gain traction in the market. This could further intensify the market competition.

  • January 2022 - StorHubSelf-Storage announced the inauguration of StorHubSeoul Forest, its first self-storage facility in Korea. Seoul Forest has conveniently positioned adjacent to Hanwha Galleria Foretin in the basement. Customers in the neighborhood have easy access to dependable and safe storage options. There are about 700 high-end lockers in the storage facility.

South Korea Self-Storage Market Leaders

  1. Extra Space Asia

  2. Boxful Korea

  3. StoreHub Korea Co., Ltd.

  4. QubizKorea Co.,Ltd (Q Storage)

  5. Self Box

*Disclaimer: Major Players sorted in no particular order

South Korea Self-storage Market

South Korea Self-Storage Market News

  • August 2022 - In the survey conducted on 72 large companies in South Korea in 2022 by the Federation of Korean Industries and Yonhap, a regional news organization, roughly 28% of major South Korean corporations stated they were considering relocating their overseas operations to South Korea.
  • June 2022 - ESR-Kendall Square, the South Korean platform of ESR Group Limited, announced that it had completed a total of 520,000 sq. m of Class A logistics, 100% pre-leased warehouse space, in Korea during the first half of 2022.

South Korea Self-Storage Market Report - Table of Contents


    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition

    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study




    1. 4.1 Market Overview

    2. 4.2 Industry Attractiveness - Porter's Five Forces Analysis

      1. 4.2.1 Threat of New Entrants

      2. 4.2.2 Bargaining Power of Consumers

      3. 4.2.3 Bargaining Power of Suppliers

      4. 4.2.4 Threat of Substitute Products

      5. 4.2.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry

    3. 4.3 Industry Value Chain Analysis

    4. 4.4 Impact of COVID-19 on the Market


    1. 5.1 Market Drivers

      1. 5.1.1 Increased Urbanization Coupled with Smaller Living Spaces

      2. 5.1.2 Changing Business Practices and COVID-19 Consumer Behavior

      3. 5.1.3 Increasing Population Density after Pendamic

    2. 5.2 Market Restraints

      1. 5.2.1 Lack of Enough Space to Build Self-storage Facilities is one of the Restraints of the Market


    1. 6.1 By End-user

      1. 6.1.1 Personal

      2. 6.1.2 Business


    1. 7.1 Company Profiles*

      1. 7.1.1 Extra Space Asia

      2. 7.1.2 Boxful Korea

      3. 7.1.3 Storehub Korea Co., Ltd.

      4. 7.1.4 Qubizkorea Co.,ltd (q Storage)

      5. 7.1.5 Self Box

      6. 7.1.6 Nemo S&S Co., Ltd. (nemo Storage)

      7. 7.1.7 Mini-storage (sampyo Energy)

      8. 7.1.8 Dalock



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South Korea Self-Storage Market Research FAQs

The South Korea Self-Storage Market is studied from 2018 - 2028.

The South Korea Self-Storage Market is growing at a CAGR of 7.5% over the next 5 years.

Extra Space Asia, Boxful Korea, StoreHub Korea Co., Ltd., QubizKorea Co.,Ltd (Q Storage), Self Box are the major companies operating in South Korea Self-Storage Market.

South Korea Self-Storage Industry Report

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