Tel: 01254 433540 | The Storage Works, Heys Lane, Great Harwood, Blackburn, BB6 7UA


How Much Office Space Do I Need?

How does square feet relate to how many people can fit inside an office comfortably? The answer is generally around 50sqft per person should provide adequate space. This means, if you have 10 members of staff, you will require around 500sqft. This can vary however, if you are a one man band, then a 50sqft office would be very cramped. Normally the minimum sized room for office rental is 100sqft.

It’s not always that straightforward however as other factors must be taken into consideration.

  • How much equipment or additional furniture excluding desks and PC do you to have to accommodate?
  • Are you going to be taking on more staff soon or potentially dropping your workforce?
  • Is your business a call centre or does it produce other background noise?
  • If you are considering renting an office building and not a serviced office then you will have to take into account extra space for the toilet and kitchen areas.

Additional Equipment

If you have a large photocopier that you need to put in your office or filing cabinets as you need to keep records, then you will generally require more room. Office space is generally more expensive than storage space so if there are items that you are not going to be requiring on a regular basis, then it may be worth storing them. The Storage Works provides self storage units and office space rental in Blackburn which makes it easy if everything is in the same building. If you currently have a lot of IT equipment, security equipment etc, normally this would be included in a serviced office so will help.

Additional Staff In The Near Future?

The beauty of serviced office space is that you only need to pay for what you require. As your business grows, so can the amount of offices you have. Usually you can take these additional offices on quickly providing they are available. In a more traditional office, you would have to relocate as your business expanded. If your business took a turn for the worse, you might be stuck in a long rental agreement that you would struggle to get out of. Serviced offices generally have short notice periods however it is always worth double checking.

Background Noise & Business Structure

If your company has a hierarchical structure and the managers tend to have their own office then you may have to rent multiple service offices to accommodate. Renting multiple smaller offices would normally cost more than renting one big office. You are more likely to have space wastage too by renting lots of smaller offices. If your business produces a lot of background noise such as a call centre then the amount of people within each office might have to be reduced slightly.

For Office Rental In Blackburn, please contact us.

SJR Architecture in Preston is an architectural practice serving clients in the surrounding area. They have carried out work for ‘The Storage Works’ in the past and currently rent an office on an ad hoc basis for client meetings.
SJR Architecture can provide AutoCAD drawings for designing a floor layout, a good example is the office space to rent at The Storage Works. Measuring up and making sure everything complies with building control is part of the process. As well as this they provide advice on interior design, how to make a space flow, look aesthetically pleasing whilst ensuring it is still functional.
For residential properties, they provide advice on permitted development (where planning is not needed) and planning applications. Architectural drawings will be created and if planning is needed, will be submitted to the local planning authority. SJR Architecture will take on a range of projects whether it be a small single storey extension to the rear of your property to a designing a new build. If budget is an issue they will help and guide where costs can be reduced whilst still maintain that quality feeling in the design and final outcome.

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We all know how expensive renting and setting up leases for new premises can be. The Storage Works has built an all-inclusive facility which allows companies/businesses to work under the same roof in separate professional looking offices. This allows businesses focus on what they are good at and can be rest assured as they know exactly how much their space will cost each month. Often costs accosiated with renting/leasing a building are overlooked such as buildings insurance, water rates, service charges, business rates, internet etc, in The Storage Works everything is included free of charge. Instead, we provide offices starting from £40 per week (2 person), all offices have access to toilets and a communal kitchen. The offices to rent in blackburn at The Storage Works are located close to Junction 7 of the M65 and are perfect for if you are located in the following areas; Great Harwood, Accrington, Rishton & Whalley. So you have no excuses to start saving money, throughout April & May 2016 we are doing an introductory offer whereby we will move you into our offices free of charge if your business is currently located somewhere else. We’ve teamed up with removal companies in the area to facilitate this.



There are a myriad of reasons why students require additional storage whilst studying. One of the most central reasons students require the use of self storage though is that usually universities rent out accommodations under the agreement that even if a student is returning to halls or the same room for another academic year, their belongings cannot remain in that room over summer. 

Then, self storage can prove the most cost effective and logistically sensible means of storing things between academic years of study or over the summer period. 

Understanding this, here at The Storage Works we’ve teamed up with Bellvue Students, who offer student accommodation in Preston, to offer a number of top tips to students who need to pack their lives into boxes each summer.

Choosing a Storage Company

When deciding on a storage company to entrust with the handling and storing of your belongings and valuables, it is always sensible to think local. 

The largest storage companies out there might be the first to come to mind, being usually the best known and best promoted, but often as such they too manage a huge level of customers. The more customers and the more facilities a company own and operate, the less personal their service. Whilst this does not necessarily translate to mean that a company offers a bad service, the assurance, peace of mind and care a local company can provide can go a long way to reassure you that you belongings are in safe hands.

Types of Storage

There are numerous types of storage options available. Consequently, our own website here at The Storage Works also features a handy ‘Storage Size Guide’ to help those moving their belongings into storage work out exactly what size and sort of storage would be best for them financially and their belongings. 

The Size Guide does not just provide advice and guidance as the size storage facility or space a person might require for their belongings; because we are experts with years of experience when it comes to removals and storage, our guide also features estimates as to  how many boxes each of our storage spaces can contain, as well as how many boxes fit in the vans we provide to transport items. 

Packing Tips

Packing, as anyone who has moved home or already had items placed into storage will know, is not just a necessary task, but a fine art. Then, the trick to getting it right when packing involves some level of prior organisation, and a few supplies. At the very least, abiding by the following top tips will save a lot of time, stress and frustration.

  • Prior to packing anything, jot down a list of all your items. As well as serving to remind you of what needs packing, keeping an itinerary of what you have placed in storage makes insuring those items and accounting for them possible and easy.
  • Label every side of every box. This might sound tedious, but labelling every box and every side of every box will prove far less tedious than having to search through every box to find an item you need or want.
  • Pack according to weight, remembering to place lighter boxes on top of heavier ones.
  • Never pack food stuffs, perishables, toxic products or flammables for storage. If you do need to store an item which might fall into any one of these categories, seek the advice of your chosen storage company; they may have policies as to what they will store. Further, items stored alongside potentially hazardous or perishable items might also void or affect any insurance policy you take out or hold concerning your stored items.
  • Lastly, do all that you can to protect any fragile or breakable items by wrapping them in protective pads, bubble wrap and marking boxes as ‘fragile’.