Whether you have just acquired a new company warehouse, or you are refitting an existing one, ensuring that you buy good quality, durable furnishings now is paramount to ensuring that your warehouse storage system will last for years to come. There are some warehouse essentials such as warehouse racking, that every business should have, plus a whole range of optional extras such as rubber matting or a workbench that may or may not be relevant to your business, but which are definitely worth considering.
Warehouse racking should be an absolute essential as it is by far the best type of warehouse storage, however there are many different types and styles available so do your research to be sure that you are buying the racking that is best suited to your needs. Firstly, consider the weight of the items that you will be storing. Garment rails may be all that is needed for a clothing company, however the majority of businesses will need some type of shelving or other storage solution.
If you will be storing relatively lightweight items then a simple warehouse racking system with wooden pallets is most probably more than enough to suit your needs. Lighting warehouse Pallet racking systems can usually hold loads weighing many hundreds of kilograms per level. A typical racking system will be made from a durable steel frame with multiple shelves.
Mesh decks are also available instead of wooden pallets if you prefer. Eco-friendly plastic pallets are also options, certain varieties of which are designed to be resistant to rot which will allow for a much longer lasting warehouse racking system, especially if you will be storing items in an outdoor or damp warehouse.
If you will be storing extremely heavy items however plastic pallets are unlikely to be able to withstand such weight. Opt for the strongest steel frame that you can find, choose wooden pallets or steel mesh for the shelves and always find out from the manufacturer exactly how much weight the warehouse racking is able to stand. Going above this limit can not only put too much stress on the frame and shorten the life of your racking but it can also pose a serious health and safety risk.
If you will be storing goods outside then an excellent choice would be a galvanised steel warehouse racking system. This means that the steel has undergone a chemical process to coat it with zinc, protecting it from the elements and prolonging the life of your warehouse shelving.
Depending on how you intend to use your new racking system, different optional extras may be appropriate. For example, perhaps you want to be able to move heavy items quickly and easily around the warehouse. If this is the case, a great option to consider is to set up a long system of warehouse racking that is joined together, and to then install a carton flow system. This sheet of durable and weight resistant wheels is very easy to hook onto existing pallets or beams and goods can then be rolled along the surface with minimal effort.
It would also be a good idea to install rubber matting in your warehouse. Thick rubber matting has a surprisingly effective anti fatigue effect as it relieves discomfort in those walking on it all day and reduces tiredness. It may seem unbelievable that a simple rubber matt can keep warehouse employees more alert, but it is true. Rubber matting also provides a non slip flooring, so it does not just one but two things towards ensuring the health and safety of your staff.
Finally, if your warehouse will be used not just for storing stock but also for production a great thing to furnish it with would be a workbench, or many of them if needed. Work benches provide the perfect, highly durable surfaces that are needed to cut wood for example. Work bench systems with attached shelves or drawers can also be bought and are an ideal way to store your tools right next to where they will be used, minimising damage and loss.
So, no matter what your warehouse will be used for remember to explore all of the many options that are available to you before you make a decision. Choosing the perfect warehouse racking is an important first step as it will undoubtedly be the item that takes up the most space and you want it to last as long as possible. Then when that is sorted you can add extra items such as a workbench or two, a carton flow system or rubber matting to ensure that you have everything you could possibly want or need in your warehouse.