How to Store Bulky Items

Store Bulky Items

Easy access to space-saving storage is one of the keys to a successful warehouse operation, but storing long, large, or oddly shaped items on a standard pallet racking system can present a challenge. Fortunately, there is a storage solution for even the bulkiest items in your warehouse: cantilever racks.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking offers the perfect storage alternative for items that cannot fit onto a standard pallet rack. Items such as timber, pipes, carpets, textiles and large furniture, all feature awkward angles and shapes that do not fit together uniformly making loading and picking difficult when stored on the floor or in a pallet rack.

How Cantilever Racking Works

Cantilever racking uses a stable horizontal base heavy enough to counterbalance the weight of the items, a supportive vertical brace to stabilize the arms, and adjustable arms positioned perpendicular to the base which provide the shelving for the items to be stored.

The arms of the systems can be straight or inclined to suit the type of inventory, and the number of arms can vary according to the total weight of the items to ensure the weight is evenly distributed.

Benefits of Cantilever Racking


Storing bulky items on the floor of the warehouse not only presents a hazard to employees and equipment but also makes loading and picking a challenge. Cantilever racking raises bulky items off the ground allowing for more efficient picking and a more productive warehouse.


Cantilever racking systems are highly customizable to suit the type of inventory you need to store. The arms can be placed at right angles to the brace for holding long items such as timber and can be installed with or without a lip on the end of the arms for added security. The arms can be installed on an angle using gravity to hold furniture, for example, securely without the risk of the items slipping off the shelves. The arms can also be moved vertically along the brace to accommodate varying load sizes.

The entire system is customizable to the size and layout of your warehouse. So, you can combine your cantilever storage system with your current pallet racking system in a way that operates most efficiently for your warehouse.


Our cantilever racking systems are constructed from durable steel including galvanized cantilever racking which is designed to be protected from damage by mechanical picking equipment or transport and features a corrosion resistant coating.

Another type of heavy-duty cantilever racking is the all-welded system that features continuously welded steel for added structural support and stability.

Easy Access

Our cantilever racking systems can be configured in double or single rows to allow for ample aisle space for handling and to maximize your storage space. But, no matter how you configure your cantilever racking system, every load is accessible to your picking equipment without the need to remove another load prior for better productivity.

Cantilever racking also allows you to make the most of the vertical space in your warehouse as each unit is visible and accessible to all types of picking equipment including cranes, forklifts and automated picking systems.

Cantilever racking

Final Thoughts

Cantilever racking is the ideal storage solution for vertically storing cumbersome or bulky items in your warehouse. Not only will it help you to optimize the space you already have, but it will also improve the productivity and efficiency of your warehouse operation. Call Shelving + Racking Systems, Inc at (800)-589-7225 (RACK) Inc to talk to one of our storage experts on how you can install a cantilever racking system in your warehouse.