If you have a medium or large space and require shelving that can be accessed from both sides, either manually or by forklift truck or if you store goods that are not suitable for pallet racking because of their size and shape, then the search for a storage solution may be easier and cheaper than you think.
What are the options?
Installing longspan shelving could be the perfect solution for you. It’s extremely quick and easy to assemble The shelves are freestanding, so there’s no need for wall fixings. Place them exactly where you need them. Depending on the length and height, some can be built by hand, using just a mallet and they’re ideal for use in smaller spaces, such as garages. Smaller shelves can be hand-built from flat packs, but there is always the option of using professional installers. Longer and higher shelving, for use in larger commercial premises, should always be built up by professionals. They can do this very quickly, as the beauty of this shelving is that it comes in a modular form and is relatively lightweight. This most versatile of shelving can be made to fit the space you have and is fully adjustable, depending on your current and future needs.
Is it safe?
You should ensure that the shelving you buy conforms (and is installed to) the Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association’s standards. Your provider will be able to confirm this, or you can speak to the manufacturer directly.
Is it robust enough for manual and automated picking?
You decide on the quality and strength, depending on your needs. Shelves are made from steel, mesh or chipboard. It is very hardwearing and if it gets damaged, replacing the shelves or beams is very simple and inexpensive. You can store almost anything on a longspan storage system, from drums and packages to pipes and cables. You choose the width and length you need for your purposes. Once erected, it will remain in place for as long as you need it, but it can very easily be dismantled, to be moved, depending on your space, and needs. The reason longspan shelving is so popular with commercial users is that it can be added to, or made smaller, very quickly.
Storage solution providers will be happy to visit to discuss your specific requirements and to quote for installation.