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Warehouse mezzanines are a staple of warehouse design that more warehouses need, but few fully understand how to make the most out of them.

By adding an all-new layer of floor space and storage into your warehouse, a well-placed mezzanine can help solve a lot of your storage problems and create additional space for work to get done, without all the hassle of a major warehouse overhaul.

The issue some warehouses run into is not quite knowing how or where to use mezzanines. Sure, the idea of extra floor space sounds pretty helpful, but having a strong idea of what you’ll need it for, or where it needs to go, will help you make the most out of your new space.


First, if you’re considering a mezzanine, you need to decide how it will be used. So long as your mezzanine is built for it, they can handle nearly any task or storage need thrown at them. The best way to start is to ask yourself a few questions about how you’ll be using it, such as:

  • What will you store on your mezzanine, and what will the total estimated load of these items/products be?
  • Who will be using it, and how will it be accessed?
  • How will loads be transported to the top of the mezzanine?
  • Do you need it for high density storage that could be installed elsewhere?

and the like. Nail down the specifics of how it will be used and where, and this will solve a lot of problems for you down the road.


After this, you’ll need to figure out exactly where it can go. Do you have access to an accurate (and up-to-date) floorplan that shows the placement of things like load-bearing columns and doors that need to stay unblocked, as well as your current warehouse shelving? Will your current installations need to be moved around to help make space for the mezzanine itself, as well as the stairs? Even if some of your current shelving or other tools get displaced, it may be worth it as a long-term investment.


Lastly, before you can finalize your mezzanine design, you’ll need to make sure you understand what additions need to be made to keep it usable. Local and federal regulations (such as OSHA) will mandate that you include safety implements like handrails and guard rails, as well as making sure all your stairs are up to code. Guard rails along the sides may have an impact on what products you can move up to the top of the mezzanine, as well as how they can be stored up there, so if you need this space for heavy-duty items you’ll need to factor transportation in as well.

By planning ahead for your mezzanine layout and usage, you can make sure they’re being used effectively and helping your warehouse as much as possible.

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