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Checklist: Things to think about BEFORE choosing a storage system.

What needs to be stored?

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High-density shelving and storage is quite versatile and can store everything from files to golf bags, and uniquely shaped items.  

Will you need additional storage in the future?

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Choose your storage system and shelving wisely.  Should expansion be in your future, Spacefile has a wide range of reconfigurable products. 

Do you have any ‘stuff’ that needs to be locked or secured?

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High-density storage systems can include secure storage options.  Accessories such as tambour doors, and locking handles and drawers.

How heavy are the items that you want to store?

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High-density storage and shelving can support heavy loads.  Ensure that you consider the items that you will be storing on the shelving unit.

How much space is available for a unit?

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Good news!  High-density storage and shelving require very little space.

Are aesthetics important?

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High-density storage does not have to be boring or ugly.   Spacefile offers a number of accessory options, including custom end panels and laminates.

Answering these questions will help you choose a high-density storage system that will work best for your organization.   Need help figuring out what will work best for you?  Spacefile is happy to help you and your organization make effective and efficient decisions about your space.  Contact us today!



Where can High-density storage be found?

Spacefile has been focused for decades on serving the universal need for High-Density storage.  We’ve pioneered and developed a number of key storage technologies over the years.  Our designs showcase ways to increase storage up to four-fold, with Canadian built products of uncompromising quality, attention to detail and best-in-class value. 

Interestingly enough, you can find Spacefile high-density storage in a wide range of environments.  Check out the examples below (examples are not inclusive):

Retail:

Optimizing storage and managing floor space is a major challenge in the Retail Industry. Spacefile’s professional in-house design team has the knowledge and experience needed to create efficient stock rooms and customized retail storage systems. Our design team will optimize existing floor space by designing a mobile shelving system with the best track choice, shelving options, and accessories for your floor plan.

Library: 

Developing and outfitting libraries for over 30 years, Spacefile has participated in the evolution of the library. Spacefile systems store everything from books and magazines to videos, DVDs, computers, and multi-media.

Museums:

The storage infrastructure of museums, galleries, and government archives are critical in preserving art and artifacts for future generations. Spacefile offers a large selection of customized storage solutions aimed at securely storing artwork in optimal conditions, to ensure your collection is preserved for years to come.

Spacefile is a world leader in high-density mobile storage systems and can develop a solution for nearly every industry. With 50 years of experience, Spacefile provides solutions that are customized to client needs, while maintaining competitive pricing.

Contact us today to learn more!



Creative space for business…is it a must-have?

It seems that the ‘trend’ in office design lately is towards a more creative and collaborative vibe.  Employers know that recruiting and retaining top talent requires more than a decent salary and benefits.  

There are some advantages to having a ‘creative’ office space:

-The talent pool for quality employees in markets such as technology & software are quite competitive.  Many companies in these industries are attempting to craft a more exciting and fun place to work.

-Original brick wall, high ceilings with exposed mechanical equipment, and open floor plans are in heavy demand.  Large kitchen areas, game rooms, break out areas with comfortable chairs and sofas, access to outdoor space are all seen as substantial amenities.  

Along with advantages to thinking outside the box when it comes to office space, a major disadvantage is cost.  Cost disadvantages associated with higher rent and increased construction to obtain the ‘desired’ look.  Companies may need to invest substantial dollars to achieve the look and feel.

The company office is more than just work space-it’s a ‘home away from home’ for employees.   The office should be a comfortable space that people enjoy being in; a work environment should foster inspiration, creativity, and productivity.  More and more companies are investing in workspaces that encourage a collaborative & inspiring environment for staff to enjoy. 



High-density storage: how to improve efficiency in your organization

High-density storage is essential in nearly every market. Organization for any business is more than having files or inventory in place-it takes effort.  What does it take to be organized?  You need maximum capacity and efficiency in the smallest allowable storage space.   Efficiency and being organized translate into lower costs and higher profits. 

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High-density products help you stay organized

In addition to storing items efficiently, it is imperative that you are able to access your stored items quickly and easily.   You also need to be able to adapt and/or reconfigure your storage to the changing needs of your business (such as expansion).

  • Spacefile’s storage solutions are able to be reconfigured-whether adding more storage space or just changing the layout out of a room.  High-density storage is flexible.
  • Access is quick and easy!  Staff won’t be squeezing through aisles or making tight turns to find what they are looking for.
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Additional Benefits

High-density storage makes the best possible use of your space on a day to day basis.

  • Ease of access:  You’ll save time!  Efficient storage is one thing but if your business is using storage as a daily part of business operations, high-density offers the quick and easy access you need.
  • Increased free space:  This storage offers up to 50% more space than ‘traditional’ storage with an innovative design that eliminates static aisles.
  • High-Density storage can look good:  Typically, the words ‘storage’ and ‘aesthetically pleasing’ don’t go together.  Spacefile offers a wide range of accessories and finishes that blend seamlessly into most environments.

Contact Spacefile International today to learn how you and your business can better organize your space with storage solutions. 



Spacefile Solutions in Action: Retail

Retail backrooms are some of the most challenging places to optimize storage.  Often cluttered and overflowing with inventory, the task of organizing ‘stuff’ seems daunting.  A high-density system can dramatically increase capacity, improving efficiency, and restoring order.  It makes sense to maximize storage space vertically.  The Spacefile team has the knowledge and experience needed to create an efficient stock room and sales floor areas. A system can be customized to fit your needs.  

Check out a Solution in Action for a major retailer

Check out a Solution in Action for a major retailer:

Danier has earned its reputation as a leader in fashion for over 40 years.  The dedication and commitment to customer satisfaction earned the appreciation of those who sought style with quality.   Today, Danier remains the essential fashion destination for leather. 

The Challenge

Danier Leather was running out of space in their back room and approached Spacefile to design and manufacture a high-density mobile storage system that would maximize their capacity.

The Goal

Danier wanted a new storage solution to increase efficiency and space in the back room. 

The Solution

Spacefile developed a cost-effective solution for Danier to maximize storage capacity in the back room. Our LT 4-Post system was a great fit.

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Why Spacefile LT Shelving works for Retail operations:

  • The fully adjustable design facilitates shelf and accessory positioning in 1-1 1/2 increments for maximum versatility
  • Variety of versatile accessories including lockable options to meet virtually any security criteria
  • Double entry (dual-sided access) and back to back configurations
  • Various upright designs, including open, closed, perforated, case/library style
  • Custom widths, depths, heights, and shelf gauges are available
  • Modular design allows for quick & simple installation
  • Easy to reconfigure, reuse or relocate
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Retail Operations + High-Density Storage = A great fit!

Optimizing storage and managing floor space is a major challenge in today’s retail environment.  High-density shelving and storage are a perfect ‘fit’ for retail operations today.  Space is at a premium and high-density can assist with recovering valuable space or doubling storage capacity.

High-density storage increases storage capacity by reducing aisle space significantly, which can improve customer service and sales by allowing for more inventory, better organization, and product accessibility.

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Why Retail Organizations love high-density storage

  • Utilizing high-density storage in your space creates additional profit generating space and reduces the storage footprint.  The system is completely customized to the space and needs of the organization.
  • High-density storage can be reused, relocated and reconfigured based on business needs and can evolve with the business.
  • Spacefile’s selection of display shelving and equipment can create an attractive and functional sales area.
  • A wide variety of accessories are available to add to any system including hanging rods, pegboard, whiteboards, custom end panels, and much more. 
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How Spacefile can help your organization

Spacefile offers a full range of retail storage solutions that can manage items like sales inventories, clothing, boxed items, consumer packaged goods, and bulk items. Anywhere there is inventory-whether it is front of house or back of house, a high-density storage system can manage it.  Spacefile’s professional in-house design team has the knowledge and experience needed to create efficient stock room and sales floor areas with our customized retail high-density storage systems. 

Interested in learning more about what Spacefile can do for your retail operation?  Contact us today for a free storage efficiency analysis.



Back to school! Staying organized during the school year

Schools have a limited amount of space and funding to expand their classrooms, which are only getting smaller as the number of students increases.  Educators need to maximize the space they do have in order to create an efficient (and fun) classroom. 

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Tips to keep you organized during the school year

Here are a few ideas that teachers and other classroom professionals can use to save space and improve the look of the classroom (and help you stay organized).

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Teacher’s Desk-

First things first, work on your desk, the hub of the classroom.  Position your desk so that you can see every inch of the classroom and try to keep items on your desk to a minimum. You want to be an example to your students about managing your workspace.  After your desk is in place, organize your student’s desks. Keep a couple of things in mind… Do you want them in groups of four? Will the desks be in line? 

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High-Density Mobile shelving-

For general supply shelving such as textbooks, art supplies, athletic gear, library books, sheet music, and more, high-density mobile shelving is the perfect solution. Classrooms, textbook rooms, and other storage areas in schools are often filled to capacity, but you can easily reduce the amount of floor space you use by getting rid of aisles between rows of shelving. This way, you can use only the space you need, when you need it.

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Use labeled storage bins to hold supplies on shelves-

Shelves can quickly become messy as books, supplies, and learning tools jumble together. Sort similar items together into storage bins. Label the bin with its purpose, and set the bins on the shelves. Remind students to put away their supplies in the proper bin.

  • For example, you might have separate bins for scissors, paintbrushes, pencils, calculators, or different colors of paper. Store bins that contain dangerous items, like scissors, up high or behind your desk, especially if you teach younger children. Teach your students the proper way that these supplies should be distributed to avoid accidents.
  • You can organize books like this as well. Organize bins by the subject, such as history or fiction, or with the reading levels of each book.
  • You can get creative with what you use for storage bins, especially if you don’t want to spend much money. Jars work great for pens, pencils, markers, and paintbrushes. Shoe boxes can hold CDs, blocks, or calculators. It’s also a great idea to ask your administration for items that are available for your use. For example, there may be a teacher supply room that you can access or extra boxes available for use.

Teach students the classroom routine on the first day of class

Involve students in daily classroom management. Show them where all of the supplies are located. Instruct them on how to follow the class rules, and ask them to put away their things before they leave.

  • For example, you might say, “It is very important to put away your art supplies in the proper bin. If you’re not sure where it goes, ask me.”
  • Emphasize to students that they should keep their desks and cubbies organized. Explain to them the importance of a clean work area. You might say, “It is easy to get work done if your desk is clean. Throw away any old papers. Remember, no gum in the classroom.”

Interested in learning more about high-density mobile shelving for your classroom? Contact us today!




Resimercial office design is a movement!

Resimercial is a layout and furnishing style the brings the homey feel of residential furniture into the workplace. This particular style has been growing in popularity over the last several years but has recently gone from being a ‘trend’ to a true design movement. The ‘goal’ of resimercial environments is to make the workspace a welcoming, comfortable place to spend time, which is something that employees (from millennials to Baby Boomers to Generation X) are looking for in offices. Studies have shown that investing in resimercial design increases employee retention, productivity, and creativity and powerhouse companies like Microsoft, Google, and Uber are reaping the benefits. The premise is that comfortable employees are happier and better employees.

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Elements of ‘good’ Resimercial design

Natural Lighting- Resimercial lighting favors the more varied, warmer lighting found in homes. Natural light is also present.

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Technological upgrades that improve the efficiency of space make for a more comfortable environment.

Function-specific layout -just like home, areas are designed to be comfortable, inviting, functional and with a purpose. High-Density storage lends itself beautifully to Resimercial design because of its efficiency and ability to blend seamlessly with any type of office ‘vibe’

Resimercial design encourages the ‘whole employee’ presence in the work environment. As the lines between living and working are continuously blurred, employees are attracted to work environments that feel less like 9 to 5 institutional factories and more like a home away from home.

Interested in learning how high-density storage integrates seamlessly with Resimercial office design? Contact us today for more information !



High-Density mobile storage- Why we love it

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In many of today’s work environments, chances are floor space is at a premium.  There are hard copies of important documents, samples, stock, and various miscellaneous items, but space in storage areas and shelves is already over-flowing.  What’s the answer?  Move to a bigger space? Store documents offsite and incur monthly fees?

When storage space is non-existent, things can become cluttered and stressful.  Even though businesses are moving to reduced paper or paperless operations, there are still many hard-copy documents that still require a space.  And what about those supplier samples, company uniforms, retail inventory,  or office supplies?  Those product brochures and paint or laminate samples are arriving on a regular basis.  Where do you put them? 

The answer is High-Density mobile storage, and yes, it should matter to you!

What is High-Density Mobile Storage?

This type of solution makes the most of the space available, while incurring a minimal storage footprint and being capable of storing a large volume of goods or documents without moving to a larger space or purchasing an offsite storage unit. 

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More than likely, you have already seen this storage in the past without realizing it.  It is available in a variety of shapes and sizes.  One of the industries in which high-density storage is more commonly seen, is in healthcare (specifically a doctor’s office or a healthcare facility), where patient files need to be maintained and securely stored or pharmaceutical supplies stored. Solutions for the healthcare industry often include large filing shelves that can roll along a track, allowing staff to access files they need and compressing walkways between rows they don’t need, using a fraction of the space a ‘regular’ or ‘traditional’ filing system would require. 

Libraries and retail organizations rely on this type of storage, especially when it comes to shelving. High-Density shelving allows for maximum storage capacity and easy access of a variety of different items.  From apparel to books to housewares, high-density can store it more efficiently than traditional shelving can.

Athletic apparel & equipment in a high-density mobile storage system

Another industry in which High-Density mobile storage systems are often seen is Athletics.  Sports teams and recreation centers use this type of storage to help free up space within locker rooms.  In certain cases, units will be customized with perforated shelves for air-flow (where clothing is being stored) as well as adjustable shelving to store ‘unique’ items like helmets or golf clubs.

High-Density Mobile Storage saves time

There is much research to suggest that employees spend a considerable amount of time searching for information.  This is a drain on time and productivity that could be resolved with improving storage and filing practices.  Imagine even 10 to 15 percent more productivity per employee.  What if documents needed were a few steps away, organized within a High-density mobile storage unit? 

High-Density Mobile Storage saves money

Offsite storage (as mentioned earlier) is costly, time-consuming, and inconvenient.  Professional, secured document storage is even more costly-thousands of dollars per year. 

High-Density mobile storage frees up floor space, giving greater flexibility to businesses.  This space can be used for new staff as an organization expands, developed into a collaboration space, or turned into a client lounge. The possibilities are endless-and your business won’t have to move into a larger, more expensive location. 

High-Density mobile storage is a one-time, up-front cost.  While the initial purchase and installation of the unit may seem expensive, the recurring monthly cost reductions quickly make the investment worthwhile. 

Simplify and Improve Storage

High-Density mobile storage is a solution for businesses who are ‘space-compromised.’ It is cost-effective and streamlined. 

If you are wondering if High-Density mobile storage is the right solution for your business, contact Spacefile today for a free storage efficiency analysis.  A member of our design team is happy to help walk you through our custom space solutions.