Whenever you put anything into a self storage unit, the two main goals should always be protection and maximizing space. Protection is fairly straightforward: you want to ensure no one can break in, and you want to make sure individual items are properly stored so that they don’t break or degrade.
Maximizing space, on the other hand, can be trickier. It takes some strategy, and often takes some compromising and ingenuity. One of the main ways to maximize space in a self storage unit is to take advantage of the unit’s vertical space, which means installing shelving. If you are wondering how to go about selecting shelving for your unit, below are some of the most functional shelves you can use.
If you are a keeper and lover of books, and you are thinking about putting some of them away into a self storage unit, you are going to want to invest in some bookshelves. You can fit way more books on a shelf, and in a much more organized fashion, that you can in simple cardboard boxes. Bookshelves will save you a considerable amount of space, and free up floor space for things like furniture and mattresses.
Hanging shelves go on the wall, usually by screwing in brackets. Hanging shelves are great for document storage, and storage of smaller items in general. As long as the shelves are securely fastened to the wall, you can place boxes on the shelves that you would otherwise have placed on the ground, taking up valuable floor space.
Filing cabinets can be conceptualized as enclosed shelving units for the purposes of this discussion. Document storage is all about getting the most out of the space you have, and protecting your documents at the same time. This is especially true if you are storing important business records and personal documents, such as tax information. A high quality metal cabinet, perhaps even something that is fire resistant, rather than simply having boxes all over the floor, will save you space and provide you with peace of mind.
Shelving units come in all shapes and designs, and they can fit into virtually any self storage unit. If your shelving requires drilling or screwing into the wall, it is a good idea to check with the facility before you start the installation. If space is at a premium in your self storage unit and you are looking to exploit the unused vertical space, then shelving units are something you should definitely consider.