Applications and Advantages of Cantilever Racks

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The storage solutions you choose for your warehouse or distribution center directly impact efficiency and storage capacity within the facility. A flexible alternative to traditional pallet racking is cantilever racking.

What is Cantilever Racking?

Cantilever racking is a steel storage system designed for storing long, awkward loads of any length. These heavy-duty racking systems have long arms extending from their metal frames that provide storage for long loads such as timber, pipes, or beams.

Suitable for use both indoors and outdoors, you can find cantilever racking systems in storage yards or warehouses. They are a flexible option for storing loads of different sizes and shapes because they can be configured in many ways and are available as double-sided and single-sided units.

Types of Cantilever Racks

There are two different cantilever racks, and your specific needs determine which one is the best choice for you or your business. Both types are durable and designed for holding a variety of materials.

1. Structural Cantilever Rack

Structural Cantilever Racks are designed for storing medium to heavy loads and are made of structural steel I-Beams. A structural cantilever rack uses a four-bolt attachment to connect arms to the steel columns of the racking.

2. Roll-Formed Cantilever Rack

These cantilever racks are made from heavy roll-formed steel and have an increased storage capacity. They make it easy to place and remove objects from the rack with no interference from upright columns. A roll-formed cantilever rack has five parts:


The size of the cantilever base is determined by the rack’s capacity and arm size. The cantilever base acts as the primary source of support for the columns, anchoring them to the warehouse floor.


A cantilever rack system either has horizontal, diagonal, or X-shaped cross braces. The end of each brace connects to a column. An X-brace is particularly strong and fits between two straight braces, attaching the upper and lower brace.


Cantilever columns, sometimes called towers, are attached to the base and are at the back of the storage system. The vertical columns provide support to the arms, so they must be stable.


The arms have direct contact with the products you store on the cantilever rack. They should usually be level with the brace or angled slightly upward and bolted onto the tower to help support inventory.

Stop Pins

Stop pins are used to stop items from falling off the arms or the base of cantilever racks. They extend roughly eight inches above the top of the arm to steady items that are likely to slip.

The parts of a roll-formed and structural cantilever rack are not compatible with one another. Structural cantilever racks are the best choice for storing hefty materials because they have a higher capacity.

Applications Of Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking is a versatile storage solution that has various applications. Their flexibility and strength make them ideal for industrial storage of bulky items. Cantilever racks are often used for storing:


Rolled carpets and rugs can create a bulky load that requires immense support. The cantilever arms help keep carpets off the ground so they don’t get dusty or dirty while in the warehouse.

Lumber and Drywall

Building materials come in odd shapes and often include long beams that require heavy-duty shelving. Cantilever racks are perfect for providing easy access to building materials without slowing down warehouse operations.


Whether it’s steel pipes or aluminum sheets, cantilever racks provide a sturdy industrial storage space for these long and bulky products.

Cantilever racks provide horizontal storage space that is unobstructed vertically since the racks do not have decks. Cantilevers avoid floor stacking and free up additional space in your warehouse. The cantilever’s arms can support different sizes of loads depending on how you adjust them.

Advantages Of Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racks offer valuable storage solutions and are often considered superior to pallet racking. They’re an economical choice to increase productivity and reduce costs for companies with warehouses and distribution centers.

Adjustable Based On Your Storage Needs

The angle and height of the arms on cantilever racks are easy to adjust. This means that no matter the size or shape of your products, there’s a simple way to store them without investing in new racking.

Saves Time and Money

Cantilever racks are quick and simple to install, so your company won’t have to halt production to construct the racks. Even awkwardly shaped materials fit on these racks, saving on operational costs because you don’t need to invest in a product-specific storage solution.

Increases Productivity

You can stop wasting time trying to access awkward, bulky items because these shelves are designed to make it easy to place and remove long, bulky materials using standard picking equipment, including forklifts and pallet trucks.

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Choosing the Right Racking

Cantilever racking is a long-term capital investment in your company’s productivity by eliminating the hassle around storing bulky, long items. If flexible storage is what you’re looking for, then a cantilever racking system is the right choice.

At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc., we are eager to help you find the perfect storage solution for your space. Our skilled project managers can help you optimize your facility’s layout to increase your storage capacity and productivity.

Contact us at (800) 589-7225 to discuss your storage needs.