Analysing The Pros And Cons Of Temporary Storage

Temporary buildings are often used by companies for additional storage in the event of a refit or if they simply need more space. For some, it is seen as an effective and fast way to provide space instantly. There are two forms of temporary warehouse, onsite and offsite. With onsite, you are provided with a temporary structure that can be adjoined to an existing building or can be separate. These can be ideal if you find that your current stockroom is overflowing, or you need to have a building refit and need a location for temporary storage. Offsite is hiring a temporary building (already built) away from your company building. These tend to be used more for imports and waiting for the HM Revenue to authorise the product.  The uses for temporary storage are endless, but in this article, we will focus on the pros and cons of using temporary buildings.


Temporary structures can be built quickly and efficiently. Most structures are engineered from lightweight aluminium, so they are very easy to transport and can be installed quickly on level ground without any foundation, or onto an existing building for support.

Flexibility is also an advantage as you can hire a warehouse for as long as required. You do not have to commit to the structure long term and once you are finished, the dismantling process is quick and easy. The cost of hiring a temporary structure outweighs the amount for hiring an offsite building, as hiring offsite means transporting the goods there which can be expensive in terms of fuel costs. Finally, you could save 70% of the upfront cost of temporary building through not investing in bricks and mortar to build a warehouse, especially if you only need it for a short period.


If you are using a temporary building onsite, you may have a problem with spacing. You need to ensure that you have the right area size required to fit a temporary structure. Depending on the amount of items that you need to be stored, temporary buildings can take up a lot of space, for example, it can eat into your parking places and can be hazardous for health and safety when it comes to fire assembly points.

Aesthetics can prove to be a disadvantage. If you rely on having your company grounds looking impressive, a temporary structure can prove to be an eyesore. You can, however, request to have a structure that matches your building in colour, the shape is a standard square box and may not fit in with the design of the other buildings.

When deciding to hire a temporary structure onsite, you should consider all  the reasons mentioned above.  A temporary structure is ideal as a quick fix, but if you feel you need to store stock for longer periods, then offsite storage may be an option. For your storage needs, storeroom companies offer a bespoke service that will cater to your storage needs and provide efficient and effective solutions.

Harry Price is a talented young writer from the south coast.  in his spare time, he loves travelling, and seeking out new experiences.