Study: Vertical Space
Why are standard lateral filing cabinets so short? People aren’t three feet tall…
It’s because users can’t see into a drawer at eye level. Open shelf storage gets rid of bulky and inefficient drawers, allowing access to upper shelves. By switching to the open shelf concept, using the available height provided by every office on the planet built to accommodate humans can result in much better space use. Every vertical level of storage added typically increases capacity by 15%. “Open shelf” storage can add three or more levels to traditional storage space. Add in mobile aisle or other high-density strategies, and significant savings can be achieved both in space use and dollars.
One example of high-density storage and filing is the lateral design. A wider row of open shelving occupies the rear row of multiple rows of shelving while a narrower group of front rows glides laterally, from side to side. This lateral motion of the front rows allows access to the rear rows.
This system design reduces footprint in two ways:
- removes some of the space required for aisle access
- takes advantage of height opportunities
Projects using this design will often capture 70% of floor space, and further analysis may improve space efficiency. Structurail (call us for more info) based systems can more than double this result, in some cases more than 400%. Learn more about that design concept here.
Shrinking storage space leaves more for people, your company’s most valuable resource. People who get to move at work are happier, get more done, and report higher job satisfaction rates. Among many others before, furniture manufacturer Steelcase reported on this phenomenon in 2012 – view their findings here. Our systems give your team more space to work by reducing the required area for storage and help to stabilize the organization financially by reducing investment in real estate.