Long before they became important as a means to create extra storage space in warehouses, mezzanine floors were a common feature in the homes of the wealthy. In practice, they serve as a partial floor between floors, rather like an indoor balcony. As such, they command a view of the floor below with which they are able to share both the ambient daylight and artificial lighting while creating an open and airy extension of the living space. For the smaller homes of today, when extra space is required, architects often recommend that owners install this type of structure as a cheaper and more attractive alternative to a loft conversion.
Effectively, mezzanine floors make use of vertical space that would otherwise remain unoccupied, and do so without encroaching on the existing floor space. For example, the partial floor could serve as a dining area separate from the TV lounge below or vice versa. Furthermore, because hot air generated on the lower floor rises, these structures enjoy a natural warming effect that should normally eliminate any need for the use of space heaters by those occupying the elevated level.
As the demand for commercial storage space and the cost of purchasing or renting suitable premises have steadily increased, mezzanine floors have also served to provide warehouse owners with a highly practical yet economical means with which to expand the capacity of their existing facilities. Once installed, they are able to accommodate some much-needed, additional storage shelving in a space that would otherwise have never been utilised. In practice, the installation could, effectively, almost double the area that is currently being utilised at ground level.
However, the additional space that is gained by installing a mezzanine floor need not necessarily be used for storage purposes. Where it may be important to store goods in a manner that ensures everything is readily accessible with the use of a forklift, the newly added upper level could enable an owner to transfer other facilities that might be unnecessarily occupying space at ground level. For example, an admin office, a packing area or staff canteen could all be relocated to provide the extra storage space where it may be most needed.
Depending upon the layout of a warehouse and its current storage system, mezzanine floors might either be supported by the existing shelving or self-supporting. They can, of course, also be fitted with a suitable staircase for easy access and a guardrail for safety purposes.
Whether equipping a warehouse from scratch or looking for the best way to expand its existing capacity, Krost Shelving offers a wide range of world-class, practical, and economical storage solutions backed by extensive experience in the storage industry.