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Everything You Need to Know About a Blueprint Storage Rack

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The truth is, Americans are accumulating more stuff. To be exact, according to the LA Times, the average American home has 300,000 items.[1] (Read on to learn how a blueprint storage rack helps.)

The same article states that a quarter of people with a 2-car garage don’t actually have room to park their cars inside it. And only 32% have room to park one car.

However, this stat says it all: we’ve consumed twice as many material goods compared to 50 years ago.[2] And these materials aren’t cheap.

A Wall Street Journal article pegs American material goods spending at $1.2 trillion…per year.[3] In other words, we spend a lot of money on “stuff.”

Reasons why we accumulate stuff

But what gives? Why are we spending more on nonessential goods?

We could chalk it up to a lot of reasons. Material possession, for one, brings a sense of security to many.

Also, for a lot of people, items hold symbolic and sentimental meaning. Perhaps your now-passed grandmother gave you a treasured family heirloom.

Or you can’t let go of those concert tickets because they’re associated with your teenage years.

You may then pass these possessions down to your kids. So, they may not only receive your things but your parents’ parents and so on. Meaning the further accumulation of stuff.

Surprisingly, we may have more stuff simply because it’s easier to. We have eBay and Craigslist. Not to mention, most brick-and-mortar retail stores now have an online store as well.

And we live in a society where posting your possessions via social media is encouraged. This provokes us to buy more stuff. Because who doesn’t want the latest iPhone that Chris posted on his Facebook wall?

So, what now?

This brings us to the end-all, be-all question: what can we do about it?

Because a bunch of stuff lying around wreaks havoc on our brains, productivity, and mood.

You can read more about this in our article, The Power of The Organized Workspace (and How Blueprint Storage Systems Helps).

The answer to this is simple: store smarter.

This doesn’t mean investing in a storage unit. It literally entails making the most out of your available space. So, taking advantage of wall space (aka vertical storage) as well as nooks and crannies.

And with that, a blueprint storage rack can come to the rescue.

You see, your accumulation of stuff doesn’t just end at your house. It extends to your workspace too. The beauty about a blueprint storage rack is that you can use it for your house and workspace.

It can also get you the best of both worlds: ultimate organization and no need to throw away precious heirlooms and memorabilia.

How?

Read more to find out!

Plus, learn the many ways you can use this storage system, and who benefits from it the most. 

But first, what exactly is a blueprint storage rack?

In a nutshell, this is a storage system that allows you to hang blueprints, artwork, oversized files, drafts, iron-on transfers, hanging print files, samples, and patterns.

The main reason why it offers more storage space than your typical file cabinet is the hangers. You can get either aluminum or poly hangers. Both can hold up to 60 prints.

Given that your average filing cabinet can only hold roughly 27 inches of space, you’re much more likely to store more files, blueprints, and so forth in the rack. Plus, it can hold a variety of sizes, not just your standard file dimensions.

While this storage system can hold a number of documents, it is perfect for blueprints, hence its name.

That said, what are blueprints?

Basically, a blueprint is a design plan or technical drawing that communicates an idea.

Its purpose is to provide a road map, making that intangible idea become a tangible one.

Background

Originally, the blueprint was invented in 1842.[4]

Essentially, it’s a copy of a drawing.

To get that copy, you had to trace the drawing on translucent paper. Then, you added a mixture of ferric ammonium citrate and potassium ferricyanide to the translucent paper.

And then expose the translucent paper to light. The negative spaces on the translucent paper would turn white. The two chemicals would combine and the drawing would be blue.

After this, you’d dip it in water and get a double negative. The drawing would be in white and the background was now blue or blue print.

So, it’s no wonder why this type of drawing became referred to as “blueprint.”

This was the old way of doing it.

Current method

Nowadays, blueprints are developed via the diazotype method.[5]

This means the light-sensitive paper is mixed with Diazonium salt, reactant, and acid. The acid’s purpose is to prevent the salt and reactant from reacting with one another.

Place the original drawing on top of the light-sensitive paper. And give it some light. Voila! The light obliterates the salt.

Afterward, use ammonia gas or a solution as a developer after the light exposure.

This neutralizes the acid, preventing it from further reacting.

Doing this ensures the rest of the salt reacts with the reactant. And the result: blue dye.

Why people still use blueprints?

While blueprints have been around for a while, it’s safe to say they won’t be going away anytime soon.

The reason being, they’re much more affordable than large posters or printed paper designs.

Why are the blueprint storage racks great for blueprints?

Your standard blueprint measures around 12 by 18 inches at least. And 24 by 36 inches the largest. (Some blueprints are also 18 by 24 inches.)

Given these measurements, your blueprints aren’t going to fit nice and neat in filing cabinets or a shelf. In fact, they’re most likely going to stick out and cause clutter.

As we know from The Power of the Organized Workspace (and How Blueprint Storage Systems Helps), clutter increases stress, lowers reputation, plus a slew of other reasons.

This is when it’s more beneficial to hang them up. Since a (24-inch) blueprint storage rack are capable of holding up to 4,000 prints, it will be a while (or never) before you run out of room. This gives you plenty of time and space to organize.

So, who needs this product?

Here’s who benefits the most:

-Architects

-Graphic Designers

-Risk Management

-Engineers

-Landscapers

-City Planning

-City Zoning

-Teachers

-Anyone who has a significant number of files

-Clothing Designers

-Artists

-Anyone who wants to display their samples or have them on hand

-Anyone who has a home office

-Anyone who has a cluttered office and/or home

What are the benefits?

A blueprint storage rack has many more benefits than just size. Here’s how it helps:

Better Organization

Many contractors have blueprints (rolled-up and not rolled-up) piled on top of their desks, bunched in file cabinets, you name it.

Unfortunately, while it’s quick and easy to just lie a blueprint or drawing on your desk, it does build up.

This level of disorganization could cost you a client (hence profit loss), lowering your business reputation and adding hours to your workday.

Instead, spend two minutes’ tops hanging your blueprint on the rack. Getting in the habit of doing this prevents clutter, which lowers stress and allows you to lead a more balanced and healthy lifestyle.

We go more into details about the repercussions of clutter here.

Less possibility of causing a safety hazard

If you need to leave the building immediately for whatever reason, disorganization can cost you minutes. In some cases, this won’t matter.[6]

But you never know. You may find yourself in a situation where minutes, in fact, do count.

To ensure you’re able to enter and exit your office easily, reduce clutter by hanging up blueprints and oversized file folders on the blueprint storage rack.

And, on top of this, paper and cardboard boxes are very flammable. Depending on the circumstances (i.e. smoker, matches or lighter not extinguished, damaged power cord…), you could increase your chances of starting a fire.

Again, hanging your drawings and samples away from your desk will decrease the possibility of this happening.

And what about trips and falls?

Stacked cardboard boxes impeding your walkway can significantly increase your risk of tripping and falling.

Or the tripping and falling of a co-worker…or even a client.

Since we do live in a litigious society, it’s not worth the risk of a possible lawsuit.

Helps prevent ergonomic injuries

According to a Safety + Help article, “Perhaps the most prevalent injuries in an office setting are related to ergonomics. Because office workers spend the bulk of their day seated at a desk and working on a computer, they are prone to strains and other injuries related to posture repetitive movement.” [7]

By having your files and blueprints hung up to where you have to get up and move from your chair does help to prevent these types of injuries.

Getting out of your seat

Sitting throughout your workday does increase your risk of cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes, not to mention a slew of other health consequences.

So, not only would you limit ergonomic injuries, but moving to get files from the blueprint storage rack would help in lowering your risk of health effects associated with sitting.

Studies even show that standing while working can increase your productivity levels and decrease stress.[8]

How?

It’s simple: the human body wasn’t meant for 8 plus hours of sedentary activity.

No file cabinets falling over

Yes, if file cabinets aren’t secure they can fall over. This normally happens because they’re packed with files and documents, which causes a weight imbalance. And then…voila! It falls.

Filing cabinets that do fall over can cause further office damage such as damaging power cords (which, as we mentioned, can lead to fire hazards) as well as damage to the floor and/or office furniture.

With this type of rack, you don’t have to worry about a weight imbalance (because of the hangers with finger space) or the blueprint storage rack falling over. This prevents damage, aka less money.

No trip risk, as opposed to file cabinets

Tripping from file cabinets…

Yes, there is such a thing.

Forgetting to close filing cabinets or not being able to (because they’re stuffed) can cause tripping. This can and does apply to desk drawers as well.[9]

Utilizing the aluminum and poly hangers can help prevent trips from happening.

Ordering is a drag…so you don’t have to

Perhaps you work at a school or corporate office where ordering new office furniture requires more time and effort than it’s worth.

You have to fill out an order sheet. The order sheet is approved and processed. Overall, this process can take days, and, depending on the company or organization, months.

This makes it a drag when you need office furniture and supplies. And some people do end up forking over their own money to bypass this lengthy endeavor.

That’s fine for pencils (not really but it’s doable), but not when you need another file cabinet.

To not be sucked into the system, a blueprint storage rack can store more than your typical file cabinet. This eliminates the need to fill out that order sheet and stack excess papers and boxes (which then prevents safety hazards remember?).

More space

Ok, so you’re out of horizontal space. Why not go vertical? We mentioned this in a previous article, but let’s go more in depth.

Unfortunately, with filing cabinets, you can’t stack two on top of each other. (Two words: not safe.)

However, you can add another tier to the blueprint storing racks: 2 Tier Storage Racks.

You won’t face safety problems. And remember how a blueprint storage rack can hold up to 4,000 blueprints? Well, now you increase that twofold, so 8,000 blueprints.

Reminds you to take a break

Some people take a 10-minute break every hour. In fact, Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) recommends it.[10]

Keep forgetting?

Standing up to go get an oversized file from one of the poly or aluminum hangers can serve as a physical reminder.

Waste less time digging through documents

Instead of pulling out extra file folders to see if you’re closer to your designated file, you can easily leaf through the hanging files or blueprints.

In fact, the documents should have a comfortable finger space in between each one.

So, less time finding the file. (Did you know we spend roughly 10 minutes looking for lost or misplaced items?)[11]

This especially saves time (and perhaps awkward moments?) during a client meeting.

Fewer lost documents

With so many blueprints on top of your desk and stuffed in filing cabinets, you’re bound to lose a blueprint or two.

This means you lose not only that document, but the precious time you spent creating it.

According to one design service company, a set of plans for a 1,800-square foot home can take two to six weeks to draft. Two to six weeks! We aren’t talking a couple of days here.

With project on top of project, where are you going to fit in that time?

The blueprint storage rack makes it less likely for this to occur.

Fewer missed opportunities   

What were you doing when your boss needed an extra hand? What about that office meeting? You may have been looking for your missing drawings.

It’s no wonder. People lose up to 9 items per day.[12]

And since we’ve already established it takes approximately 10 minutes to locate a missing item, on a bad day you’re going to spend up to 90 minutes finding missing folders and lost blueprints.

So, you have some missed opportunities.

To reduce that (and perhaps put you in bonus contention?), install a wall mounted rack or 2 tier storage rack.

Didn’t catch everything? That’s alright. Here’s a summary of what you need to know:

-We accumulate a lot of stuff for a lot of reasons: sentimental and symbolic value being two of them.

-And we are accumulating more and more stuff!

-This means we have to store smarter…in our homes and offices.

-Because there’s a host of health effects associated with clutter.

-Luckily we don’t have to invest in a storage unit.

-We just need a blueprint storage rack.

-Which is a storage system for blueprints, drawings, samples, and oversized files.

-Since this storing system does have “blueprints” in it, what’s a blueprint?

-To put it simply, a blueprint is a drawing that communicates an idea.

-There’s two types of methods: diazotype and the original method.

-Some blueprint storage rack benefits include: more space, less of a safety hazard, a break reminder, and fewer injuries.

Want more information? Contact us.

 

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[1] Los Angeles Times: For many people, gathering possession is just the stuff of life

[2] The Story of Stuff: Referenced and Annotated Script

[3] The Wall Street Journal: Number of the Week: Americans Buy More Stuff They Don’t Need

[4] How Stuff Works: What exactly is a blueprint?

[5] How Stuff Works: What exactly is a blueprint?

[6] Safety + Help: Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office

[7] Health + Safety: Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office

[8] TIME: Sitting is Killing You

[9] [9] Health + Safety: Recognizing hidden dangers: 25 steps to a safer office

[10] OSHA: Ergonomics in Foundries

[11] Daily Mail: Lost something already today? Misplaced items cost us ten minutes a day

[12] Daily Mail: Lost something already today? Misplaced items cost us ten minutes a day