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Innovative Solutions for Office Storage

When it comes to storing things, offices can become cluttered messy and unorganised very quickly. Admittedly, much of this is down to the individual(s) in charge of storing things, but quite often, part of the reason things get so hectic is due to a lack of proper storage space.

We take a look at some of the most innovative solutions available to help create the right kind of storage for your office.

Growing Businesses

If your business is growing, it is likely that there will be a lot of paperwork coming and going and it all needs places to be kept. The more your business expands, the more things you’ll need to find space for. You may find yourself spontaneously buying extra storage units and adding them into the office space as and when without properly thinking about how it will fit into the layout as a whole.

However, as things progress and more and more impromptu or hurried storage solutions are found, an office can very quickly become cluttered and messy. Not only does this mean that finding the right file can be a nightmare, but it also creates a stress-inducing environment, to the detriment of your workforce.

Finding innovative solutions for office space is hard to do.
Finding innovative solutions for office space is hard to do.

Finding Long-Term Solutions

As such, it can really be worth re-thinking your storage solutions and investing in a new and innovative alternative that will benefit your office.

This article shall consider two office storage solutions that can drastically improve the organisation of your office and the way in which things are stored.

Storage Walls

A new means of storing items which is enjoying increasing popularity is the use of a storage wall.

A storage wall consists of multiple storage spaces that come together as one unit that dominates the entirety of a wall; imagine numerous filing cabinets side by side that reach right up to the ceiling. The installation requires that you sacrifice the floor space of the office along one wall of the room, but it gives you the optimum storage space.

Your first thoughts regarding a storage wall might be negative. Not only have you taken out the use of a whole wall, but you can also stand to lose a couple of feet off the room. Admittedly, if your office floor-space is already somewhat pressed, maybe a storage wall isn’t for you. However, if you can imagine taking your existing storage units and putting them all against the one wall side by side, it’s easy to see how it optimises the space available.

A storage wall first and foremost consolidates your storage space into the one location. If it’s not in the drawer you thought it was in, at least you needn’t search all over the office for it, it’ll be somewhere in the storage wall.

But the most important feature of a storage wall is the total efficiency in storage space it presents. Not only do you have the benefit of having all of your storage units stacked side by side (as a single unit, the dividing walls between storage spaces can afford to be thinner too, giving you more space), but a storage wall reaches right up to the ceiling, giving you the best use of available space in the room.

Another significant advantage of a storage wall is that it looks a lot neater than other options, talk to a company like Storage Aspects to discuss your options. Storage walls are specifically designed to look like just that… walls. Instead of looking like a stack of shelves or a row of filing cabinets, a storage wall looks just like another wall, giving your office a slick and organised aesthetic. This is perfect for offices with notoriously poor filing methods; even if the filing looks horrible, it’s hidden away in the storage wall and won’t negatively affect the workspace environment or people’s moods.

Roller Racking Shelving

Roller rack shelving is an innovative and somewhat genius means of storing items in an office.

The shelving in a typical library makes great use of height and is very easily accessible from both sides. However, it is somewhat flawed in that the access ‘corridors’ required on both sides take up a lot of floor room leading to an inefficient means of making use of potential storage space in the room.

Roller racking takes this basic model of shelves that are accessible from both sides and minimises the need for access corridors by putting the shelves on a raised fake floor and rollers. This means you can move the shelves around at will, creating a viable access corridor when you need it to the particular shelf you need to get to, while ensuring the other unused shelves are making the most efficient use of available storage space.

Having space like this can make life easier.
Having space like this can make life easier.

In this way, roller rack shelving can be more than twice as efficient at making the best use of available storage space than a conventional shelving layout, while still providing you with all the benefits of ease of access found in a conventional shelving layout.

Conclusion

This article has considered storage walls and roller racking as two brilliant innovative storage solutions that can really benefit your office space. Whether or not you choose either of these two options or another choice entirely, finding a new and innovative means of making the most effective use of available storage space really is a worthwhile endeavour .

 

Image credits: BrennanMKE and Josh and Melanie Rosenthal