Self Storage Tips & Stories

5 Uncommon Ways To Use Storage Space – #2: Man Cave

There is so much more you can use self storage for than simply storing heirlooms and extra furniture. In the last 5 Uncommon Ways To Use Storage, we explored using self storage as a warehouse for extra product or supply storage for a business. This time, let’s explore a unique use that’s a little more fun.

Uncommon Use #2 – Man Cave

Aurora self storage units can make an incredible man cave.

Self storage and vehicle storage units can make perfect man caves.

Many people want to have a space of their own. Whether it’s a place to get away and have time to yourself, or a place for your hobbies, a so-called man cave can be a perfect solution. So how does self storage work into that equation?

When you rent a storage unit, you are simply renting space. Normally it’s used to store the normal things: boxes of stuff you don’t need around the house, old furniture, and that puzzling painting your grandparents brought back from their “senior” cruise you think might just be worth something one day. However, depending on the facility you choose to use, you may have a perfect man cave in the making. If you’re looking for a great way to develop a man cave, without having to add on to your house, consider the following to find a self-storage facility that may just be perfect:

  1. Do you have electricity in the storage unit? Not all storage units have electricity inside the unit, including interior lighting. Depending on what you plan to do, you’ll want to investigate if you have the option for electricity in your unit, either preexisting, or the ability to bring it in from an existing line. If you have lights inside the unit already, be sure to check with facility management before splicing electrical wiring from the socket, creating a potentially dangerous fire hazard. Continue reading
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5 Uncommon Ways To Use Self Storage – #1: Product Warehouse

When it comes to self-storage, most folks think of the additional storage capacity people gain for their household items. From extra furniture to seemingly worthless heirlooms, people use mini storage to store stuff. In this series of posts, we’ll explore how to use a self-storage unit for much more.

Uncommon Use #1 – Product Warehouse

Self storage can make an accessible and affordable product warehouse.

Keep your products and close by using a self storage unit as a local product warehouse.

When you think of a product warehouse, oftentimes what comes to mind are massive warehouses with forklifts and golf carts. Many times these warehouses are where manufacturers send product to be distributed to either individual businesses or locations.

However, when you think of a small business, or an office space, there is little room to keep supplies or product. Yes, you can keep a small supply on-hand, but have you ever calculated the cost of ordering small amounts of supplies and product frequently over being able to order in bulk? Or, if you’re in outside sales, how close is your operational base? Does it make sense to have to travel back to your base whenever you need additional stock?Could you possibly benefit from having higher stock capacity central to where your sales actually occur?

Self-Storage For Economies Of Scale

For businesses, frequently the amount of something you’re able to order is where you get economies of scale, otherwise known as discount or bulk-buying.

The challenge is having the space to achieve the effective economies of scale for your business. Self-storage solutions are a great way to expand your capacity, and at a much lower cost per square foot than your office space. Having a local “warehouse” that you can access when you need supplies and products ensures you always have what you need, when you need it. Rather than ordering when you’re at risk of not being able to supply demand for your product, you are able to order when your stock begins to get thin, and can store it effectively until it’s actually needed.
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