Space Planning


Viking cabinets are now fully supported by Spacesaver’s network of local museum storage planning experts, who will work with you to design the most efficient and effective storage solutions for your collection. Our local space planning services, along with our long-term maintenance programs, are unmatched.


As you begin the planning process, our consultants will gain thorough knowledge about your circumstances to help you “design from the inside out.” Exactly what does that mean? We’ll want to learn about the following from you:


Because the needs of your collection come first, we’ll start by asking what you need to store. Some institutions need to store standard items; for instance, they might be using Cornell-style entomology drawers and they simply need to acquire more cabinets as their collection grows. Other institutions — particularly smaller museums — might need to store a variety of items in one cabinet, so they might be looking for a cabinet that has drawers for boxes of small items and adjustable shelves for larger items. We’ll also ask about how items should be stored and whether you need space for conservation materials.


Once we get a handle on what you need to store, we carefully assess not only the square footage of your storage area, but also every last physical feature that might impact your choice of storage solutions. For instance, some of our larger cabinets will not fit through standard door frames. The size and placement of sprinkler systems might affect the height of compactor systems. And load-bearing columns can affect the location of cabinets and shelving systems.


We’ll ask you to describe a typical day or week or year. Does your facility frequently host visiting researchers and / or loan items out? Do the items in your collection need to be reorganized due to recent gifts or acquisitions? Do you have a separate space allocated for study and conservation work, or does the storage area need to also provide space for these activities? By understanding how you and your staff use the space, we’ll be able to help design a storage solution that functions efficiently.

Our experienced consultants will share a variety of museum storage planning tips based on your unique circumstances, but we hope this information sparks your imagination and helps you gather your thoughts in preparation for a free, no-obligation consultation.