Managing a warehouse is by no means a small feat. It takes allot organization and planning to make warehouses function properly. The majority of this planning is dependent on how well the outline of the warehouse’s shelving system is lain out. A warehouse with a well-structured and planned layout will be able function more optimally. Storage space is one of the main concerns regarding this success. A lack of storage space can be quite problematic, hence great thought must be put into effective warehouse storage solutions.
Use drawers and container storage for small parts
If you need to store large numbers of small parts like screws or ball bearings, you would do well with drawer storage that is segmented into bins. This can be incorporated into regular shelving units with bulkier products on the upper shelves. You products will be easier to access and better organized.
Use vertical dividers
Installing dividers for shelving may allow you to stack more like parts on each shelf without items falling over or slowly spreading across the entire shelf. Vertical dividers can also make use of pullout bin storage or cubby holes for keeping small parts organized.
Measure and install additional shelves
There really is no reason to keep all shelves spaced at the same height. You may need one bay of shelving that has 12 inches of height on each shelf. The next bay over could have shelves at 9 inches high. This adjustment can just as easily be implemented across rows. If your products vary in height, your shelves should also vary. A considerable amount of space can be wasted in the areas between shelves. We call that A I R. Nobody wants to pay for storing air.
Add more storage by using the ends of racks
The ends of storage racks can be another source of storage space. By fitting louver panels or slat wall systems to the ends, you can add additional containers, shelves or hooks for storing frequently accessed products. Adding a small cantilever system at the ends of each rack offers another storage possibility. If your average shelf end is 3 feet wide by 8 feet high, you have added over 24 square feet of storage plus the available depth.
Think about mobile shelving
Permanently fixed shelving is very common but it wastes a considerable amount of space. Access is required between each row of shelving and this aisle requires at least 36” for staff to walk if not more. Now think about the option of shelving that slides or rolls on rails. By using rolling shelves that are able to slide against each other, in an accordion fashion, you will be able to double the number of shelves that can be placed in the same floor space. These shelves can be designed to move manually or with mechanical or power assistance.
With all these storage tips and tricks considered why not approach Krost Shelving and Racking for all your storage and shelving solutions. Krost Shelving and Racking prides itself for providing professional and sound shelving and racking craftsmanship that can be trusted time and again.