There never seems to be enough space. By the time you’ve got everything labeled and put away, there’s another crop of junk that needs a home. So how do you make room for barn storage?
This might seem to apply only to small barns, but in reality, the collection of stuff that accumulates over the years is directly proportional to the size of the barn. Small barn, small accumulation; big barn, big accumulation.
Just like in a home or office, designated areas make barn storage much easier. A tack room, a feed room, a barn office, a tool shed, a hay barn—you get the idea. This way, you can store things in relation to the area in which you use them most.
For example, it makes no sense to store equine supplements in the tack room. They should go in the feed room, where they can be mixed with grain or administered in a clump of sweet feed.
You will always have items that don’t seem to have a home, but that’s okay. As long as the majority of your barn supplies are stored in the appropriate designated area, your efficiency will improve dramatically.
Use the Vertical
Barns have walls the same as homes and other buildings. If you put that wall space to good use, you’ll maximize your barn storage capacity.
Floor-to-ceiling shelves, for example, are excellent tools for storing grooming supplies, tools, veterinary implements, spare bits, and a host of other things. Put the items you use least often at the top, and the things you use every day at the bottom.
And go custom wherever possible. Built-in shelves and cabinets are much safer for barn storage because they are unlikely to fall on someone (or an animal).
Label items themselves as well as the drawers, shelves, cabinets, and racks in which they are stored. This way you won’t have to search for items for hours while other duties await, and you won’t forget which medicines are in which bottles, and so on.
Invest in a label maker. This will speed up the process and ensure neatness for all your barn storage. If necessary, you can laminate labels or put them in plastic sleeves so they don’t fade quite as quickly in the barn atmosphere.
Consider Unused Space
If your barn is equipped with a wide aisle way, boxes in front of stalls can provide significant untapped barn storage space. The doors to tack rooms and feed rooms can provide space for hanging tools (brooms, pitchforks, etc.), and stall doors are great for hanging halters, lead ropes, blankets and sheets.
Don’t just lean a broom up against a wall; instead, hang a hook or rack so you can keep it out of the way. When items are stored on racks, hooks, shelves and other barn storage devices, your barn won’t look cluttered and you’ll be able to move around much easier.
Make an Investment
Barn storage is one of the most profitable investments you can make because it drastically increases efficiency and productivity. Got some money lying around? Consider putting in custom tack lockers or feed bins. Build/buy new shelves or build a shed for farm equipment and tools.
The great thing about barn storage is that it’s a one-time investment. By the time it wears out, you’ll have saved sufficient money to re-do it for another dozen or so years.