4 Design Solutions to Increase Warehouse Storage Space

Optimising warehouse space is a primary challenge that many businesses face at some stage in their scaling process.

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Agile inventory management with limited space, especially in the face of a volatile supply chain, can be daunting. Expanding your warehouse is the obvious solution - but also an expensive one. Fortunately, there are a few easy and more budget-friendly alternatives.

Here are four design solutions to help you increase storage space in your warehouse. Harness Vertical Space  As a first step, evaluate how you can improve your vertical space usage.

Extending racks upwards is an easy-to-implement solution to increase storage space. However, there are a few aspects to be careful about. First, check regulations you need to follow with regard to free space in the vicinity of your suppression sprinkler system, if you have one.

Second, ensure that racking uprights or base plates are properly sized for an upward extension. If this isn't the case, consult a structural engineer to evaluate if upward extension is the right solution for you. Consider a Mezzanine 

A second design solution to pave the way to additional storage space are mezzanine floors. By adding a mezzanine floor in an area with floor-level processes, you can harness formerly dead space for storage purposes. Think of admin areas or shipping areas.

A mezzanine is structurally independent of your main warehouse and thus easy to install. According Western Industrial, a UK-based mezzanine supplier, mezzanines are becoming an ever-more popular solution for warehouse space issues: "We have seen a massive uptick in enquiries from large scale manufacturers and distributors who are struggling to store larger stock inventories." Adjust Your Storage Medium 

Next up, consider boosting your warehouse capacity by shifting to a higher-density stock medium. For instance, you can change from using single-deep to double-deep racking systems. In that case, though, you'll need a a reach truck to load your pallets.

Another option is to consider other high-density systems, such as push-back racks or drive-in racks. Reduce Racking-Area Aisle Width  Finally, a fourth possibility is to target underutilised dead space in your warehouse.

One of the most frequent areas where additional space can be harnessed are racking-area aisles. If theses are generous, they can reach widths of up to 12 feet in some warehouses. By reducing aisle width, you can save up to 20% of that space.

Provided, of course, you have equipment that is capable of working at these smaller widths. Another area that is frequently under-utilised is space above receiving doors. This is a fantastic place to store slow-moving materials or in- and outbound products which haven't yet been processed.

Conclusion  At the end of the day, there is no one-size fits all solution to how to increase warehouse space. It depends on your individual warehouse configuration, regulations you have to follow, and equipment you have.

But by exploring the avenues outlined above, you'll be able to increase your warehouse space and boost your capacity to help your business thrive.