The efficient use of warehouse storage space is achieved through good planning and the optimization of the space available. This entails firstly ascertaining the amount that is being used and how much is still available. Consider this as a gap finding analysis that determines the warehouse utilization efficiency and helps provide you with the information you need on what steps you should take to maximize the all the space that is available.
Maximizing space utilization is what we do at Stop & Store Fareham. Our units are an increasingly sought after, cost effective way to store many types of things. Whether its private storage, business storage or storage for students, we have a range that will suit all self-storage users.
To assist self-storage users to find the right size for their needs and to be able to accurately calculate how much space is needed we developed a space calculator which has become an invaluable tool in calculating space needs.
In a business environment managing warehouse space and the search for space optimization is done with precision and care. The cost of warehousing is expensive, and ensuring the best use of the space a warehouse provides is a management responsibility.
It’s a good idea to understand how to calculate the size available for storage, whether a warehouse, storage unit or a garage, so that we can look at the concept of “space” and how to make the most of it.
How to Calculate the Size of Storage
To help you visualize a storage area that is described in square feet or cubic feet dimensions, it’s helpful to know how these dimensions are calculated. In the case of our space calculator where we give you the square footage size of the various self-storage unit sizes the dimensions are calculated by multiplying the length by the breadth of the unit.
Where a space is described in cubic feet, then the length and breadth and height are multiplied together.
At Stop & Store Fareham, our interactive guide provided by our space calculator helps you determine the size you need:
- 25 sq foot unit stores up to 60 medium sized boxes.
- 50 sq foot unit can store up to 125 medium sized boxes and can accommodate an average sized one bed-roomed flat.
- 75 sq foot unit can store 180 medium sized boxes and can accommodate an average sized two bed-roomed flat.
- 100 sq foot can accommodate up to 240 boxes, storing the contents of a two bed-roomed house.
- 150 sq foot will accommodate the equivalent of a 50 plus 100 sq ft unit.
To give you an idea of a 100 square foot sized unit, pace out 10-foot x 10 foot and see the size it provides. Our units have high roofs, so stacking to a good height is possible.
Making the Most of Storage Space
Looking for ways to improve your storage methods? Here are some tips to help you find ways to make the most of the storage space you are using.
By following the examples of storage and distribution wholesalers you will get some idea of the important principles to follow. These include:
- Assessing your current level of utilization to find out how much extra you can fit into your storage space.
- Pack all similar sized items for storage together, as this brings uniformity into packing.
- Use the height of your storage unit to maximum advantage by stacking carefully.
- Never keep “dead” stock that takes up space unnecessarily by having a good inventory system that keeps good records.
- Keep aisle widths as small as possible, ensuring that they provide the right amount of space to move in.
- By making use of unused spaces over doors, windows or corners through raised racking or hanging shelves from the overhead beams, more space can be made available for use.
- Installing racking is a useful way to gain height and have an organized system of storage. Remember to run the racking lengthwise down your storage space for the most efficient storage system.
- Racking should be tailored to suit the goods that you are stored, and there are several different types to consider for the application you may have. Most require a forklift to access the goods that are being stored.
- Making use of empty, unused space in the case of places with high roofs is possible through the installation of a mezzanine floor. This can be constructed without having to make any major alterations to the existing building and is an effective way of significantly providing extra storage space.
For your purposes, if you are thinking of using self-storage, Stop & Store Fareham has friendly staff that can provide you with telephonic advice if you are unsure of the size unit to choose. Of course, you are also very welcome to come in and view the units so that you can be sure you are selecting the correct size.
Don’t forget to enquire about any special promotions that may be on offer, as we often have specials on different self-storage units. These can save you money and provide you an instant solution to your space problem.
The self-storage facilities at Stop & Store Fareham are designed to provide top security and give users easy access on a 24/7 basis. The range of sizes we offer are designed to suit almost every application, from a small area, to a one bed or two bed houses, simply go onto our space calculator to make sure it’s what you want.
When you are ready, load your goods and simply offload at the self-storage unit where you are assured of complete safety until you can pick them up again and take everything back to your premises. If you need any of the contents in the meantime, simply pop into Stop & Store and collect anything you need! It’s that easy.
Feel free to call us anytime and the friendly staff at Stop & Store will assist you with any questions you may have.
Call us to book a unit when you require self-storage.
Our premises are at Thackeray Mall, Unit C (First Floor) 26a, Fareham PO16 0PQ.
Phone: +44 1329 556174