Deploying a Horizontal Rack versus Vertical Racks

You might wonder what is the ideal storage solution for your warehouse. With so many options available, how can you make the right choice for efficiency and keep your budget under control at the same time? The latest, state-of-the-art vertical shelving system might solve all your storage problems, but that’s no good if it breaks the bank in the process.

One key consideration, when assessing storage options available is choosing a horizontal or vertical rack. Obviously, a vertical rack isn’t just a horizontal rack on its side – or that would make the whole process a lot simpler! But when can a vertical rack be useful and how can you decide what’s right for your business?

Vertical Racks

Why Vertical?

Vertical can mean a few different things in the context of storage. You’ll find a vertical shelving system for sale that makes use of vertical space by automatically shifting products up high, away from picking bays, when out of use. There are also vertical racks to hold sheet metal, rods or other elongated objects.

In the first instance, vertical shelving systems are improving your storage density by making the most of your entire storage facility. This is a really efficient way to maximize the value of your existing square footage and advance your business into the modern age. Many of these automated solutions offer hi-tech, user friendly touch interfaces for item retrieval, saving time and improving warehouse processes.

For storing goods vertically, as with sheet metal or rods, you’ll benefit by keeping goods apart and preventing warping as a result of gravity. It can also be easier and safer to pick elongated materials from vertical storage, as there is less risk of hitting personnel either side of the retriever.
So there are multiple reasons to go vertical.

What’s the Best Option for Your Business?

At the end of the day, you’ll need to determine the exact needs of your business to decide between vertical and horizontal racking. For business operations that include the storage of sheet metal, rods or bars, you’ll definitely want to explore vertical storage for easier, safe picking and potentially improved long-term protection of your goods. Vertical storage is simple and more flexible, saving the need to fit cantilever racking, which might not have a broad application in your warehouse.

Vertical storage systems and any systems that make more use of your vertical space are definitely a positive thing too. You’re not just paying for the ground floor of your warehouse, the costs are the same no matter how much of the building you use, so it’s worth making the most out of it.

Vertical storage is definitely one option, but it’s not the only choice available. Many warehouses benefit from a mezzanine, which is suitable for use in production and as additional office or storage space.

Flat or Upright

Your ultimate decision will depend on your exact business needs but, to get the best deal, it’s worth weighing up the options and crunching the numbers. Work out exactly what return you’ll get on any investment in new racking – sometimes the savings and improvements to efficiency can be astounding, in which case your vertical racking might pay for itself in no time.

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