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Did You Know: USA self-storage

…that the US uses more self-storage per household than any other country in the world? The country now possesses some 1,875 billion square feet of personal storage, which is contained in nearly 40,000 facilities. What this translates into is an industry that now exceeds the revenues of Hollywood. One in 11 American households own self-storage space according to a recent survey, an increase of some 75 percent from 1995. Most operators of self-storage facilities report 90 percent occupancy, with average stints among its renters of 15 months.

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Did You Know: Camel humps

Did You Know: Camel humps

…that most people believe that a camel’s hump stores water, but instead holds fat? The camel uses it as nourishment when food is scarce. If a camel uses the fat inside the hump, the hump will become limp and droop down. With proper food and rest the hump will return to normal. The hump is not used for water storage, but camels can go for long periods of time without water. They drink large amounts of water – up to 20 gallons at a time. This water is stored in the animal’s bloodstream. You might think that self-storage is all about moving house, but that’s far from the case. Looks can be deceiving as what’s often considered to be fact is sometimes not the case at all – from specialist wine cellars to flexible office space, there’s a world of […]

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Did You Know: Wine Storage

Did You Know: Wine Storage

…that wine storage is essential to the success of any collection? If you enjoy collecting fine wines then storage options are a top priority. Consistency is the most important aspect of this, as temperature needs to remain at a constant 50-60 degrees. There should also be plenty of ventilation of the area and this wine storage should be far away from the main area of the house. You do not want to have your wine collection suffering due to too much vibration and you need to keep any source of light to a minimum. If you plan to store 5000 bottles of wine or more you might consider either renting space or building a wine room, speak to us about our temperature controlled self-storage units today.

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Did You Know: Storage Disks

Did You Know: Storage Disks

…that IBM introduced the great-great-great grandfather of today’s storage disks in 1956? It was the size of a refrigerator, and stored a total of 4.4 megabytes on 50 double-sided, two-foot-diameter disks. The disk had a density of 2,000 bits of data per square inch and cost around a whopping £7,000,000 per gigabyte. In comparison, today’s laptop drives are typically 2.5 inches thick, are a size of a deck of cards, and can store up to 160 gigabytes – the price of which is less than 50p per gigabyte. Our self-storage is equally as space efficient and cost effective, which you can secure for just a £10 deposit and use for a week, a month or as long as you need.

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Did You Know: Cassette Artwork

Did You Know: Cassette Artwork

…that the cassette, once confined to the realms of storing music, is now being used to make art? Erika Simmons is using the blackened tape of old cassettes to recreate the likeness of popular musicians. She specialises in using non traditional media, from old books to playing cards, magazines, and credit cards, or as she says ‘things that have a mind of their own’, to build something new. Her series, titled ‘Ghost in the Machine’ incorporates materials used to store film and video and includes Marilyn Monroe made from 8mm film reel, the aforementioned cassette piece that depicts Jimi Hendrix, as well as Audrey Hepburn built using old photography film. The reason people choose to use self-storage has gone through a similar rejuvenation of late. Once resigned to the fate of the hardy cassette, and thought upon as somewhere just […]

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Did You Know: Childhood Memories

…that many people use their self-storage units to recreate their youth? One particular Swiss gentleman moved as much of the contents of his home as he could when he moved to another area. However, the most treasured item to be stored was a box of dust. Why so, you ask? Well, its scent reminded him perfectly of the slightly musty smell that belonged to the home he’d grown up in. Just sniffing it brought back floods of memories, which he decided to put to good use and replicated his original house exactly in a scaled down model within his unit. We can’t promise you’ll find the exact smell of your childhood within one of our stores, but if you’d like to try and recreate it, we’ve got spaces that range from 10 sq ft to 500 sq ft or more, […]

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Did You Know: Aliens need Storage too

…that one London self storage centre boasts the presence of aliens bent on world domination? A lone Dalek (the famous enemy of Dr Who) sits within a metal-cased unit to contrive his evil plans deep in the heart of the UK’s capital. Is he working alone or is he a scout for a future raid by an army of Daleks? His human owner bought him but soon realised that he had no space left for him at home. So, he now visits his Dalek and whizzes around the long corridors of the self storage building. Other customers appear to be reassured by this impressive display of security. We can’t promise you aliens and villains, but can promise you that we’ll protect you from unwanted attack via our Open Cover Policy, which has been specifically designed for self-storage. You’ll simply pay […]

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Did You Know: Loft Conversion

Did You Know: Loft Conversion

that a New-York based couple spent almost $1 million dollars renovating a 1,500-square-foot loft because she had a ‘Zen aesthetic’ and wanted everything stored away, whereas he had a fear of empty space? The couple hired a collaborative of designers to attempt to come up with a solution that would allow her books and his thousands of musical belongings, which includes 200 instruments, to be out of sight. Thanks to 80 linear feet of cabinetry that now houses their collections (leaving the loft clutter-free), they have their own individual territories. One half of their house reflects a compromise of sorts: the music room can be enlarged or compressed as needed because the rear wall of the room is hung on a track system and can roll farther back in the bedroom to open up the loft for a party of […]

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Did You know: Ancient Storage

Did You know: Ancient Storage

…that more than 1,000 years before humans began to mass-produce grains for food, they were building sophisticated storage buildings to hold the wild grains they were cultivating? Collecting large quantities of grains is key to surviving as a community, but requires a system to store the perishables so they can be kept for long periods of time. The new find represents the oldest known storage system or granary to date; about 11,300 years old. They were discovered in the settlement of Dhra (near the Dead Sea in Jordan) and were about nine feet high, had mud floors and walls of stone bricks. Nowadays, you can leave storing the perishables to the professionals, but come to us for almost anything else! You can use Big Yellow’s self-storage units by the week, month, year or as long as you require.

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Did You Know: More about bicycles

…that the Dutch not only lead the field in encouraging people to be green and use the humble bicycle, but also push the boundaries in finding creative ways to store them? One of the most common excuses used against hopping on a bike rather than into a car is that very few cities provide ample, secure parking for such a vehicle, let alone such a facility that’s also well designed. In the Dutch city of Groningen this problem has been well and truly solved with the introduction of the Stadsbalkon. This is a space immediately outside Groningen Railway Station that forms a concrete balcony for pedestrian access only, below which sits a 4000 capacity bicycle parking facility. It’s a great idea, and has been beautifully executed. Why not build a personal bicycle haven in your own self-storage unit and make […]

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