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Organization - Additional Information (Detail)

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Organization - Additional Information (Detail)
3 Months Ended
Mar. 31, 2019
Property
State
shares
Dec. 31, 2018
shares
Organization [Line Items]    
Number of self-storage properties owned and managed 780  
Number of states in which self-storage properties owned and managed | State 28  
Number of properties managed under joint ventures 114  
Number of properties managed with no ownership 103  
Noncontrolling limited partnership unit redemption value one common share or cash  
Geographic Concentration Risk [Member] | Texas [Member] | Revenue [Member]    
Organization [Line Items]    
Concentration risk, percentage 21.00%  
Geographic Concentration Risk [Member] | Florida [Member] | Revenue [Member]    
Organization [Line Items]    
Concentration risk, percentage 13.00%  
Life Storage LP [Member]    
Organization [Line Items]    
Units of redeemable noncontrolling interest in operating partnership | shares 248,966 248,966
Life Storage LP [Member]    
Organization [Line Items]    
Percentage of ownership interest of the subsidiary and its limited partnership which controls the operations of the Operating Partnership 99.50%  
Warehouse Anywhere LLC [Member] | Life Storage Solutions, LLC [Member]    
Organization [Line Items]    
Percentage of ownership interest of the subsidiary and its limited partnership which controls the operations of the Operating Partnership 60.00%