Steady growth is a major goal in the successful business model. With this growth comes adjustments and new problems to solve, including the need to hire more employees or increase workspace. Work and storage areas seem to shrink as a business expands, but procuring additional space can be an expensive venture.
When a warehouse facility finds itself in need of more space one of the first suggestions is to move to a new facility. Whether renting or building, this option can be expensive. It can also cause major adjustments and affect production efficiency. Finding a better option for your space dilemma is possible when you consider mezzanines storage and work platforms.
If you’re looking for an increase in work, office, or storage space in your warehouse, there are a few key factors to consider.
What Are Your Needs?
How will you be using your increased space? Storage, work, and office space are common issues when space is at a minimum. A mezzanine platform can be installed overhead of your existing floor space in order to offer increased space. Raised platforms can be accessed via forklift, or with a stairwell or ladder. Safety features such as railing and gates can be installed based on your intended use or the method of accessing your space.
If it’s a work area you’re looking for, a raised work platform can be used to provide increased office space, break rooms, and work areas. These spaces can be outfitted with safety measures and proper access in order to keep employees safe.
How Much Space Do You Need?
Mezzanines are customizable to meet your specific needs. They can be installed over a specific area of your floor space, such as one side or wing of the building. They can also be used to double or even triple your existing space, if needed, by covering an entire area. The raised platform can be stacked to provide second and third floors to maximize airspace within your facility.
Once you determine exactly how much space you may need in the future, you can increase your warehouse space accordingly.
What Are the Costs?
Running a profitable business is largely dependent on understanding the costs associated with your facility and planning accordingly. When increasing warehouse space, it is important to choose a cost-effective option. Building a new facility or renting more space means building materials, regular rent, heating and cooling costs, and plumbing.
Mezzanines and work platforms for sale offer an affordable alternative to these options. Costs will vary depending on the size, materials, and options chosen. However, these options are almost assuredly more cost-effective than a new facility.
Larger platforms will naturally increase cost. Additionally, the way you plan to use your platform will affect the materials used to build it. This will increase or decrease the costs accordingly.
Mezzanines that support heavy-duty products will need increased supports and will therefore cost more. Accessories including safety railing, access gates, and installed shelving will also increase costs.
Mezzanines can be supported by steel beams to provide open space above and below the platform. They can also be supported by shelving to provide increased storage options.
Raised work platforms and mezzanines can be a great option for the warehouse business that has outgrown its existing space. These space solutions are cost-efficient, convenient, and customizable to meet all of your needs.
Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc. provides heavy duty work platforms for companies who are looking to increase their space wisely. Working with a professional can help you determine which space solution is best for your location.