Storage Design Diagrams are elevations of a storage area. They consist of scale
drawings of cabinets, shelves, and other storage units as well as anything else
sharing the space concerned.
Storage Design Diagrams allow for the organization of a storage area prior to its
assembly. It can act as an aid in deciding where a storage device should go or where
things should be stored in an existing space. If colors and textures are added to
the diagram, it can also be used to determine the materials and colors used.
- Choose a location. Determine the area to be depicted in the diagram.
- Take measurements. Be sure to measure everything, including the storage items, storage devices, and surrounding area. Everything in the drawing should be made to scale exactly so that the diagram is useful.
- Create an outline. Draw the area in which the storage design will be, and remember to make sure the measurements are accurate.
- Add storage. Whether it is shelves, containers, or bins, draw storage devices into the picture where you want them to go. Also add any other objects that share the area. Move the storage devices around several times until they all fit and have a desirable appearance. Add and arrange objects drawn to scale quickly and easily using the Storage Design template offered by SmartDraw.
- Add items. This part is optional, but if you already know what items will be stored in the space, draw then in, making sure that they are also to scale. Again, you may move the items around as much as you want until you are happy with the way they look and fit.
- Use your diagram. Use the completed diagram to install the actual storage devices or organize items on existing devices. Since it is drawn to scale there should be no trouble in making it all fit.