Stoke has always been an artistic and creative city, dating all the way back to the 1690s. Stoke-on-Trent is also known as the Potteries due to its long history of creating some of the world’s best ceramics. In fact, it’s recognised as the World Capital of Ceramics. So, it’s no surprise that this creative edge continues to flow through the city, and it holds art in high esteem.
The life of an artist is not the easiest one to tread. One of the main stumbling points is finding an affordable space to store and create your work. And like most major cities, commercial rent for studios can be pricey. That’s why it’s always a good idea for artists to try to find alternative spaces for storage.
How artists in Stoke can benefit from self storage
Everyone needs somewhere safe to leave their things. Whether it’s our favourite hobby or our freelance business, it’s important to make sure your equipment or items are secure from theft or damage.
For an artist, it isn’t as straightforward as it would be for someone with a hobby. The dedication it takes to get to the point where an artist starts to build a portfolio of work isn’t a part-time thing. It requires hours of work and is anything but a hobby. At the same time, it’s not easy to make money as an artist, so renting a fully functioning studio is difficult. Finding one that’s affordable is nearly impossible.
Storing your easel and paint brushes at home is usually the best way to save money. Further down the line, when you have lots of paintings, the garage might start getting cramped. There is also the potential issue with damp and the effect it can have on the canvas and paint. Add in a few other possible problems, like leakages or general wear and tear, and you might be thinking of better ways to store your things.
That’s where storage can help. Renting a self storage unit can be an affordable option you’re looking for. You won’t have to worry about running out of space, and your art is separate from life at home. Unlike most garages and other home storage spaces, a self storage unit will keep out the elements. In addition, you will have the peace of mind that your equipment and artwork are safe from theft or any other damage.
Self storage units as alternative studio spaces
One lesser known concept that people are turning to is using self storage units as alternative studio spaces. If you think about it, all you need for a studio is a separate room where you can concentrate on your work. It needs to have plenty of storage space, electricity and Wi-Fi helps, and you can get everything you need from a studio without the rent costs.
Another advantage of a self storage unit is the lease – there isn’t one. Although more extended rental periods might have special rates, the ideal aspect that storage can offer is flexibility. Even if you co-share a studio space, it’s likely that you’ll still have to sublet, which makes it difficult to leave if your circumstances change.
Ready Steady Store – The perfect partner for artists in Stoke
A lot of our customers are using self storage units in alternative ways. We work with small business owners and start-up entrepreneurs who need workspace but also want to keep costs low. We work with hundreds of people every year for various reasons. A lot of creatives use our facilities for storage purposes because of the additional security it offers and low prices. And for the savvy few, a self storage unit has infinite possibilities.
We have three branches, which each boast top of the range storage facilities and security measures. We have drive-up storage units *available; you can access your storage unit 24/7 to fit around your schedule. So, if you have a deadline for the next exhibit and you need to put in some extra hours, you’ll have the freedom to.
Our range of storage options, and variety of storage unit sizes on offer, make it possible for an artist to find an affordable storage package. By renting a self storage unit from us, you might have found the perfect studio space you’ve always wanted but couldn’t fund.
Contact us today for a free quotation or to speak to us about our self storage options.