Three Ways For Artists To Use A Self-Storage Unit


Self-storage units can be used for more than just storing boxes of personal items. If you are an artist, you may want to consider renting one to provide a unique space for your work. Here are just some of the many ways you can use a self-storage unit for your artwork.

Design Studio

Renting a retail space for your work can be expensive, and if you are just starting your career in art, an pricey lease may not be in the budget. Instead, opt for a self-storage unit rental you can use until you are ready to spend more on a larger space. Be sure to look for a climate-controlled unit with electricity, so you can protect your artwork and have access to lighting as you create your masterpieces. You'll also want to talk to the self-storage unit's management to ensure they allow occupancy in the units for this type of use.

Art Gallery

Instead of trying to have your artwork shown in a local gallery, consider hosting your own showings by transforming your self-storage unit into an art gallery. You can invest in folding partitions, which can separate the unit to make it look and feel like there are separate rooms in your new art gallery, and these partitions can also be used to hang your artwork. Arrange a table in the front of the unit for refreshments, and place some pamphlets and business cards on the table for your potential customers. Work with the management at your self-storage facility to arrange the event on an evening when there will be staff working, and advertise your showings on social media to help get the word out.

Artwork Warehouse

Of course, you can use your self-storage unit to house your artwork as it waits to be sold. Purchase artwork storage containers, and place a freestanding set of shelves in the unit so you can organize your pieces. If you work with sculptures, have plenty of sheets or plastic cloths on-hand to cover the items so they are clean and ready for delivery to your customers. You can also set up a workstation in the room for framing pieces and boxing them for shipping. Consider adding a printer to the self-storage unit so you can print off mailing labels, and store shipping boxes in the unit so you are ready to mail out your work to customers who order it.

Let your self-storage facility know in advance if you plan to use the space as a gallery or work studio, as these types of uses may impact the type of lease you have. Once you have all the details squared away, you can begin to use your self-storage unit as your own personal art oasis.

For more information, contact a company like Colfax West Self Storage


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