Audiovisual equipment is a relatively lofty investment for those who need it. After investing hard-earned money into the system, finding a proper and suitable storage method is essential. Below, we discuss a few great storage tips for audiovisual equipment, so you can secure and protect your investment as best as possible.
Label Your Equipment
Audiovisual equipment, accessories, and cords can quickly become a confused, jumbled mess without a proper organization system. Therefore, labeling is one of the key components that lend a hand in organizational efforts. Label everything in a way that makes it marked for everybody who needs access to the equipment.
Whether by color coding or naming, the labeling system should help people know they’ve grabbed the suitable cable or input. For boxes, consider marking each one with its basic functions. And for cord labeling, wrap a small piece of masking tape around the end and mark the tape with the cable’s name or corresponding system. If your system is more intricate, consider labeling everything with color or numbers and using a separate notebook to elaborate on the specifics.
Make Use of Your Verticals
The way each piece of audiovisual equipment sits in storage is an incredibly important facet of overall organization and performance. The best tip is to make use of your verticals and be mindful of the climate in that space. By organizing upward, you can ensure that accidental leaks or spills aren’t a factor in equipment malfunction and that they receive the appropriate airflow necessary to aid in cooling. AV equipment quickly gets hot, especially when not set up correctly.
Also, one of the common AV mistakes many businesses make is not supporting their equipment with reasonable storage efforts. To avoid this mistake, invest in an AV-specific storage cabinet that allows you to store everything vertically in one location with securely latching doors.
Control Your Cabling
Controlling your cabling is important for audiovisual equipment and everyone in the general vicinity. It’s common knowledge that leaving cords and cables of any kind lying around poses tripping hazards. This puts people at risk and can impact your equipment’s performance if heavy traffic jostles or damages a cable.
If you’re struggling to find a way to control the cables, a great storage tip for your audiovisual equipment is to wrap long cables up with a zip tie. Then, tuck them under the storage unit or near the outlet. This keeps them out of the way and tidy but readily available whenever you need to access them.
Utilize the Original Packaging
Many people remove all contents from the original packaging and either trash or stash the box. You should consider stashing the original packaging to aid in your storage efforts.
You can store all relevant information and documents inside the box, so you can quickly and effortlessly access details when you need to reference something. If you don’t have an overhead storage location for these boxes, consider investing in a small filing cabinet that can sit with your equipment storage unit.
Securing your AV equipment is for asset protection and peace of mind. Make sure you take the time to securely and safely store all the boxes, cords, and cables with the tips in this article.
Dianne Pajo is a writer based out of the Chicagoland area with a passion for music, combat sports, and animals. She enjoys competing in amateur boxing and kickboxing, but in her other leisure time, you can find her performing music around the city. She is also a dog mom of 2.