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Top tips for maximising floor space within a warehouse

Posted by Trevor
June 7, 2014 in Features

When your warehouse floor space starts to become full, it may not make financial sense to move to larger premises or to use temporary external storage, due to the higher rental charges and maintenance costs involved. It could also be pointless relocating to a bigger building if your business’ storage needs fluctuate throughout the year.

Instead, it often makes sense to use your existing warehouse space more effectively and more flexibly, possibly by using the following tips.

Make greater use of space by building vertically

Installing  mezzanine flooring  mezzanine flooring is a simple and flexible way of increasing the available floor space in your warehouse. Mezzanines are freestanding platforms, usually constructed on top of steel support structures, which are typically quick to install and can be easily dismantled again if necessary. This means that they are particularly useful for businesses whose storage requirements change over time.

The extra floor space provided by a mezzanine can be quite substantial, and it can either be used for storage, leaving room for even more goods on the floor below, or as an office area, freeing up space underneath for storing items. In warehouses that do not have enough height to create a mezzanine floor in which people can work, it may still be possible to use a shallower space for storage and, for those with plenty of vertical room, multi-tier mezzanines could even be constructed.

Drive-in pallet racking allows greater use of floor space because it involves storing pallet loads to substantial heights inside a warehouse. This type of storage is best for businesses that have large numbers of the same kind of product. Forklift trucks remove the pallet loads, which are stored on rails, and the system increases storage capacity by around 60 to 80 percent compared with standard warehouse racking.

Increase your use of horizontal warehouse space

Using narrow or very narrow aisles for pallet racking can allow businesses to store more products inside a given floor area, although it must be borne in mind that special forklift trucks, which operate via guidance systems, will be required to transport goods along these aisles, which could be half the width of standard versions.

Using double deep or push back racking can enable businesses to make more efficient use of their available floor space. Double deep racking means that pallet loads can be stored two deep, yet both loads can still be accessed from the same aisle. As fewer aisles are then required to access goods, this frees up more floor space for racking, allowing more products to be packed into a given area.

Push back racking enables businesses to store pallet loads as many as four deep, increasing storage capabilities. Each time a load is removed, the remaining loads move towards the front of the racking, which makes order picking much faster and easier.

Whatever solutions are chosen, to make the most of the floor space inside your warehouse it is important to consider your business’ work flow, and the way in which goods will need to move around the warehouse before making any changes.

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