Schools struggling with storage space

Eighty six percent of education workers feel their workplace offers insufficient storage facilities, according to a new survey

A nationwide study carried out by ShelvingDirect has found that teachers and tutors are unhappy with both the quantity and quality of storage units in their institutions. School storage space appears to be particularly at breaking point in the north – with 100 percent of respondents in the north east, 90 percent in Scotland and 89 percent in the north west claiming they often find their storage solutions at work are full.

Meanwhile, 60 percent of education workers nationwide rated the quality of their storage solutions (including classroom bookcases, storage room shelving and sports-hall racking equipment) as “poor to average”, suggesting that in some cases the shelving installed is simply not up to the job.

The study also shows, however, that workers in the education industry value storage facilities more highly than workers in any other sector. 90 percent of education professionals said they would be happy to invest in storage solutions that were more expensive, but of higher quality.

William White, managing director of ShelvingDirect, said: “Schools that are struggling for storage space should look to modern shelving units that are clever, compact and maximise capacity. Bespoke shelving, specially designed to fit the space, can be a great way to make the most of available room.”

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