Quarterly report pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d)

Document and Entity Information

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Document and Entity Information - shares
6 Months Ended
Jun. 30, 2016
Jul. 25, 2016
Document Information [Line Items]    
Document Type 10-Q  
Amendment Flag false  
Document Period End Date Jun. 30, 2016  
Document Fiscal Year Focus 2016  
Document Fiscal Period Focus Q2  
Trading Symbol SSS  
Entity Registrant Name SOVRAN SELF STORAGE INC  
Entity Central Index Key 0000944314  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer  
Entity Common Stock, Shares Outstanding   46,396,450
Sovran Acquisition Limited Partnership [Member]    
Document Information [Line Items]    
Entity Registrant Name Sovran Acquisition Limited Partnership  
Current Fiscal Year End Date --12-31  
Entity Filer Category Large Accelerated Filer