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Creative Uses for Temporary Warehouse Tent Structures

When is a warehouse not a warehouse?

When you can re-purpose the empty unused space for other projects.

Temporary warehouse buildings can be a business-saving addition when seasonal sales rise and storage space is at a premium. Overstock and distribution is made easier with the addition of space. Costs can be kept down with the use of fabric enclosures to keep the temporary warehouse close to the primary distribution point and the operation will run smoother with more space.

a photo of a man working on Temporary Warehouse tents and BuildingsHowever, that is not all that can be accomplished with a temporary fabric enclosure. In addition to warehousing products, temporary warehouse buildings can also be used for extra offices, training, trying out new business styles and many other uses. The only limit on what can be accomplished is the imagination of anyone at the company.

Conventional Advantages to Temporary Warehouse Tents

All this is not to say that the conventional use of temporary warehouse buildings is not effective. At some point, most companies that use warehouse facilities need more space. This temporary need can be met, effectively and inexpensively, by a metal-framed fabric structure bought or leased from a reputable company. These temporary warehouse buildings are modular and can be designed to fit your specific needs.

Upgrades and changes can be designed into the original structure or can be added at a later date. If more space is needed, another section can be added to the temporary warehouse building. This can be done repeatedly until the final structure might bear little resemblance to the initial warehouse. Safety and environmental fixtures can be added with each section to maintain code compliance.

Temporary warehouse buildings can mean the difference between a successful season and a botched distribution where product is mishandled, stored poorly and personnel have to repeat work trying to get to product that is buried under other product. All warehouses benefit from an open plan where product is not stacked on top of other product. Ease of access is vital.

Thinking outside of the box

Seasons end. Distribution finishes. Instead of allowing your temporary warehouse building to lie empty or underutilized, consider the uses it could be put to. Warehouse space can be converted into office space with the addition of lighting and cubicle walls. The large open space that is ideal for product storage is also ideal for creating cubicle farms for your workers.

Tip: Be sure to check on local zoning laws before making any drastic change of use plans.

The interior environment can be controlled with the same ease as interior building spaces and minor additions will make it as comfortable as any office. If additional office space is not needed, re-purposing your temporary warehouse building for training is another option.

By moving your training program out of the office building, you give trainers more freedom to establish unique and effective training programs that are not dependent on existing structures. The large, open space can be used as is or divided into smaller spaces for training in specific areas. Other options exist, as well.

Advantages of fabric structures

When it comes to re-purposing existing space, fabric structures have a number of advantages over conventional solid structures. Modularity, ease of set up, mobility and large open spaces being a few of them. Leasing a fabric-covered temporary warehouse building is also less expensive than renting an existing structure.

It is also rare that you get locked into a long-term lease, unless you want to be. By controlling the length of the lease, you can set your bottom line based on your needs, not on the needs of the leaser. These advantages don’t have disadvantages to offset them. Fabric structures are solid and have incredible range of utility, especially for warehousing needs.

Making it happen

Although complete utilization of all spaces is impossible, getting the maximum use out of each space you have is a laudable goal. Overhead costs are reduced or spread around. The warehousing department can share some of the expense of temporary warehouse buildings with other departments, keeping their bottom line in better shape.

It takes a little non-traditional thinking to find uses for this space, but as long as you have it, would you rather it set empty or fulfilled a purpose? Contact us today for more information about temporary warehouse buildings.

Author Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan is a Business Development Manager at Allsite, with degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and 14 years experience in matching customers with Tension Fabric Structure solutions. Read more about Peter and the rest of our team at

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