Article Updated: 03/15/2022 Back to Blog
Utilizing every square inch of space is vital in every warehouse. If you’ve exhausted your space and are still in need of additional space, consider ‘going up’ via a warehouse mezzanine system.
A warehouse mezzanine, which is an elevated platform that is installed between the floor and the ceiling, will increase space by utilizing the vertical space that already exists in the facility.
Benefits and Ideal Uses of a Warehouse Mezzanine
Expanded footprint: It can be costly to move operations along with having employees adjust their commute. By adding a mezzanine system to the current location, it allows the business to keep local customers and cuts the cost of construction down. For larger distribution centers, mezzanines can be added with more than one level to really maximize the available space.
View Point: Mezzanines can also act as the perfect vantage point to ensure warehouse safety and efficiency.
Employee Area: Mezzanines can provide an area within the warehouse for employees to reside to while staying within the warehouse.
Product Storage and Distribution: Mezzanines can help improve storage and distribution capabilities within a warehouse. They allow for more organization and an increased storage space.
Warehouse Mezzanine Add-Ons
There are a number of items that can be integrated into a warehouse mezzanine that add benefits to an operation, including:
Modular Offices can be included either on top of or below the mezzanine to house employees or safeguard materials.
Conveyors can be included for efficient movement of items ranging from palletized products, cases, or loose parts. For example, a vertical reciprocating conveyor (VRC) can act as an ‘elevator’ for products to smoothly be transported to and from the mezzanine level.
Stairs are typically integrated into a mezzanine so that employees can go to and from the mezzanine level (or levels).
Warehouse Mezzanine Types
There are several mezzanine options to consider. A REB material handling specialist can assess your operation and let you know which option(s) are best for you.
A freestanding mezzanine system, or structural mezzanine, allows for maximum use of the floor and provides easy assembly and disassembly. The wide-span design eases traffic flow under the structure and is ideal for parts and product storage and conveyor support.
Freestanding mezzanines are the most flexible type of mezzanine. Except for a few anchors, many require very few changes to the building construction to install and are portable and flexible to fit any space.
A rack supported mezzanine provides additional storage areas above or between pallet racks. This is also referred to as catwalks. This system allows for multiple locations for loading and unloading pallets simultaneously within the system.
Shelving Supported Mezzanine
Shelving supported mezzanine systems are an ideal option for expanding storage of smaller items above shelving. The shelving serves as a base for the mezzanine and is an economical way to expand existing space. However, it is the least flexible option for reconfiguration.
Your Next Step for a Warehouse Mezzanine System
REB is highly knowledgeable and experienced in designing, engineering, and installing warehouse mezzanine systems. As a systems integrator, we’ll work with you to provide a turnkey system. From engineering, design, products procurement, subcontractor management, install, and permitting support, REB handles it all for you.
REB has a talented team of in-house project managers and engineers, all highly experienced in the material handling industry. We’ll work with you to make sure that your system is the best fit for your operation, installed and completed on-time and within budget.
We’d appreciate the opportunity to help you further, whether that be more information or a quote. Fill in the contact form on this page or call us at (800) 252-5955 to get in touch with a REB representative.