Maximising Business Storage Space In Your Warehouse

Warehouse space with racking for storage.

Companies of every kind can benefit from warehouse space. Whether for equipment, excess stock, or even prepared packaging, warehouses offer secure spaces for larger items and pieces of machinery. But when it comes to warehouse storage, space is money. The larger the warehouse or the more shelving space your business uses, rental prices can soar above expectations and budgets. 

To combat this, it’s important to utilise the space in your warehouse in the smartest and most efficient way possible. When packed incorrectly, you might be using up more space than is necessary and as a result, paying for a larger storage unit than your business really needs. Find our top tips for how to increase storage capacity in a warehouse below.

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How to Calculate Warehouse Capacity

The first and perhaps most important step in optimising your warehouse is to calculate exactly how much your warehouse could store when at full capacity. If you have rented warehouse storage on a long-term basis, this information could have been lost and the real size of your storage obscured by large pieces of equipment or installed shelving.

The calculation of your warehouse capacity will take just a few minutes and will end in a figure in cubic metres indicating the volume of your warehouse. You will need to know the following measurements of your storage space (in metres):

  • Length
  • Width
  • Maximum stack height (allow for alarms and sprinklers on the ceiling)

When you calculate your entire warehouse volume, this is simply a hypothetical storage volume. If storage is possible in the entire warehouse this figure will be larger but bear in mind that storage might be restricted i.e. not plausible between shelving units to allow easy access to stored items. To calculate the exact possible storage volume for your warehouse, take into account only the shelves, stackable areas, or space containing pallet racks for an accurate figure. 

When you have this final figure, you can then begin assessing how much your warehouse has the potential to store. This will also impact the equipment you use within the warehouse, personnel assigned, and requirements of smaller or larger warehouse spaces.

Forklift equipment in an aisle between shelving units in a warehouse.

Increasing Storage Capacity in Warehouse

The way you organise your warehouse can dramatically affect how much you can store in there. For example, the layout of shelving units can both help and hinder the amount of stock or equipment which can fit within your storage volume. There are several small ways to squeeze the absolute most out of your warehouse storage space. Everything from the type of packaging to combining different warehouses can have an impact. Consider the following factors when examining your current storage set-up.

 

Height and Depth

Now that you know exactly the highest possible volume of your storage areas, stick to them. Utilising maximum stacking space, both in terms of height and depth, is one of the best ways to increase storage capacity in your warehouse. 

Introduce a Warehouse Management System

A warehouse management system, also known as a WMS, is a good way to have an absolute overview of your storage capacity. This software can provide real-time updates on how many items are currently stored and how much space is available in your warehouse. This system can automate deliveries, meaning your warehouse will never be more full than necessary but also that it will contain enough products to meet delivery requirements. 

 

Change Packaging

While a good option for storing many smaller items of stock, storage boxes and crates can take up unnecessarily large amounts of space. When you consider the actual volume of stock in your warehouse, storage crates could even be halving the potential volume of your warehouse. Bulk bags can be a great way to combat this, while even empty boxes and pallets need a space to be stored or recycled. 

Warehouse worker standing at a laptop beside excess warehouse storage pallets.

Address Racking

If you are finding your warehouse is becoming full far too quickly, another way to increase capacity could be to re-think your current shelving and stacking organisation. If your shelves are too narrow, you might be restricting your unit load and causing build-up on the floor or other storage areas. Alternatively, you might consider shifting shelves closer together, i.e. from the conventional 12’ to 8 or 10’. This would allow more shelves to fit in your warehouse but could forfeit wider storage boxes and restrict some forklifts from entering your aisles.

 

Consolidate Locations

For larger businesses, you might be paying for multiple locations performing the same function. Consider consolidating similar stock into a singular warehouse space if possible, considering delivery and other required processes. This would save money while still allowing for enough space for the items needing to be stored.

 

If you are finding your current warehouse space to be inadequate for your storage requirements why not consider business storage with Easistore? Our flexible and affordable storage options are perfect for both short and long term business storage. Get a quote today.

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