By using sleeves, the required DVD Storage space is reduced by about 70% which provides significant savings. However, not all storage solutions are created equal.
Some sleeves just store the DVD itself which is undoubtedly the most storage efficient solution. However, they usually do not protect the playing surface of the DVD and consist of a simple pocket made from transparent Vinyl, Tyvec or Polypropylene. None of those materials protect the playing surface of the DVD and may render your DVD unplayable. Click on Protection and Materials to learn more. DiscSox has a single disc DVD Storage solution that consists of a transparent front sheet and a protective non-woven rear sheet. The transparent front sheet shows the printed surface of the DVD allowing easy identification while the non-woven Polypropylene rear sheet protects the DVD's playing surface.
DiscSox also has a handy tool that allows you to compare various DVD Storage solutions in regards to their space requirements (click on the tab labeled "Length to Sleeves Conversion"). The tool calculates how many dvd cases/sleeves fit into a given space. Using a single disc storage sleeve as mentioned above allows you to store about 112 DVDs per foot.
The required storage space increases obviously with the components stored. Assuming you want to store all components of the original packaging, up to two DVDs, a booklet and the paper wrap, you end up with abut 78 complete movies per foot. This is still an incredible storage space saving compared to the 19 original DVD cases you can store in one foot. The DVD Pro Sleeve is the only sleeve we are aware of that holds all the DVD components in a single sleeve.