Storage Room Essentials: 4 Top TipsBrody D
When it comes to being prepared, having a functioning food storage room is essential. With America sitting alongside China and India in suffering the most natural disasters globally between 1995 and 2015, a well designed and well maintained food storage room could well turn out to be your saving grace. So today, we’ll be offering our 4 top tips on how to design a large-scale food storage room for your home that ensures you’re ready for any and every eventuality.
Think about the temperature
Temperature is a key element of any storage room. A cool, dry and well ventilated environment, preferably between 50℉ and 70℉, will help to maintain the storage lifespan of dried foods, subsequently aiding your storage room’s functionality through easy stock maintenance.
With the storage life of most foods suffering in warmer environments, it’s important to sustain a cool room temperature at all times. Maintain optimal temperature by choosing floor tiles for under foot. Ideal for conserving a cool room, their additional non-toxic, non-absorbent qualities mean that they’re the perfect material for any food focused environment.
Install an adequate ventilation system to further the conservation of temperature by allowing cool air to enter the room. Vents added to the roof allow hot air to easily escape, whereas electric fans will assist the general air flow within the space. Remember to ensure the storeroom is free of any water heaters, un-insulated water pipes or refrigeration condensing units however, as these will undo all your efforts to get that perfect thermostat reading.
Think about the lighting
Direct exposure of foods to sunlight promotes the process of oxidation and degradation of fat-soluble vitamins, subsequently resulting in the decline of food’s nutritional value and quality.
Avoid significant natural sunlight in your storeroom, blocking sunlight from any windows and instead relying on artificial lighting options. Consider long-lasting bulbs to minimize costs and ensure your storeroom is consistently utilizable.
Think about storage options
With your room’s variables now optimized for the most efficient and functional food storage environment, it’s time to consider your storage options. Freestanding shelving systems are available at most hardware stores and can be assembled quickly and easily, often coming with wheels for ease of transportation. However, though more expensive than the aforementioned shelving option, built-in shelving provides the better option.
Built-in shelving optimizes every inch of space in a room, meaning you can fit more in your storage room and subsequently meaning that you’re more prepared – and organization plays a key part in this. Group foods into a logical and easy-to-follow system that ensures you can find what you need quickly, adding a step-ladder or stool to the room to make sure any member of your family can reach the higher shelves.
Think about health and risks
When it comes to dealing with foods, the consideration of health and safety is essential. Avoid storing cleaning products (or any non-food products) in your storeroom – at least not without a defined solid barrier between them and your food.
Vermin-proof the room by sealing any structural holes or gaps and keeping doors closed whenever possible, preventing the entry of insects, rodents, or any other creatures you want to keep out. Furthermore, ensure the exterior of your storage room is away from any pest infestation or fire hazards.
Following these 4 tips will help you design a functional and efficient food storage room that means you’re prepared for anything – 7 days a week, 52 weeks a year.
Suhayl Laher works at Tiles Direct, one of the UK’s largest independent tile distributors and retailers – bringing design inspiration to homeowners, architects and developers.