When expanding your business or reorganizing your warehouse, it is important to consider your storage options. Making the most of your space is always the main goal, but consider the functionality of your racking. Will you be able to easily stock and pull the necessary inventory if is palletized? If your products are long, will not fit on a pallet, and must be kept off the floor, then you probably need Cantilever Racking.

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Cantilever racks are modular units with a variety of shapes, sizes, and specific functions. All cantilevers can be identified, however, by their wide base, their upright columns, and arms that attach on one side and extend from the unit. These overhanging arms can be spaced according to your storage needs. It is important that your inventory does not suffer load deflection, as seen in the example below:


Different materials have different requirements, which is why it is important to consult an expert when purchasing a cantilever unit.

Cantilever arms can be horizontal or angled. Lumber, steel sheets, beams, and skids are often stored on a level set of arms, though arms that are 54″ and longer have a pitch of 5/8″ per foot. This assists in load deflection for larger bundles by splitting the forces acting on the object into two different planes.

angled rack

Angled arms are more appropriate for cylindrical objects that are likely to roll off, causing a hazardous work environment. Used to support rebar, pipes, and tubing, the inclined arms have a 20 degree pitch, meaning they rise about 4.4″ per foot. Of course, there are accessories available to help you make the most of your cantilever racking.

If you have long, oversized objects that need a new home in your warehouse, you would benefit from the installation of cantilever racking.

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