Warehouses are notoriously messy and disorganised places. However, with the advent of online stock management systems, this is becoming less so. Something that will always be a problem though, especially for warehouses storing larger goods, is physical storage space.
Unfortunately, many companies can just not afford to keep expanding their physical warehouse space and so are very limited in how much they can take into their warehouse. Overcrowding a warehouse is not only inefficient because it will limit your access to your goods but it is also extremely unsafe and you can put yourself at risk of a hefty fine for violating Regulations.
There are a lot of space-saving storage options available though, you just need to think outside of the box and be prepared to invest a little bit of money. In the long run, you’ll be sure to make your investment back.
1. Mezzanine Floors
When you are looking at how to save space in your warehouse, yet still need to store a lot of goods, installing a mezzanine floor can be a very good option for you. Mezzanines are the ideal solution to help people make good use of previously unused (and often available storage space).
Mezzanines are often a very popular industrial storage option since they can be installed relatively quickly and do not result in too large building costs. You also have the option of installing multi-tier mezzanine floors, which can obviously give you even more space, whether you require additional space to store goods or want to relocate your workshop or office in order to free up space in the main area of the warehouse.
When you are looking at installing a mezzanine floor in your warehouse, you need to make sure the company installing it for you complies with all Building Standards and Regulations, as well as Health and Safety.
2. Racks and Shelves
Good racking and shelving is obviously a key part of industrial storage, so it is well worth doing your research into the different options you have. One such option is pallet racking. This is a very popular storage solution since they are a reliable, safe and strong option. The pallets are laid out in a way to make them easily accessible, which means you have a convenient and safe route to your goods at all times.
Longspan shelving is another very good and popular storage solution, since they provide a great deal of strength and stability. They are also extremely durable, since they tend to be made up of heavy duty steel. This shelving is growing increasingly popular since you can obtain it in many shapes and sizes, which is obviously ideal for commercial use and means you can adapt it according to every single item you have in stock.
3. Cantilever Racking
If you are looking at what storage options you have to store longer items, such as wooden boards, tubing and metal bars, then cantilever racking may be just what you are looking for. Cantilever racking is not only an extremely effective space saving storage option but it also gives you easy access to your goods when they are being stored.
Cantilever racking can be customised to fit whatever it is you want to store, which means you will always be able to make the most of your storage space whilst keeping your goods and your employees safe at the same time.
James writes for Wickens. When not writing about Wickens heavy duty racking, he can be found trying to fit his DVD collection into industrial storage.