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Cantilever vs Adjustable Pallet Racking… Which is better?

Cantilever Pallet Racking

Cantilever Racking is a storage system that is mainly designed to store bulky materials of virtually any length. This heavy-duty storage system makes storing long, bulky or awkward materials that are otherwise hard to store, efficient and manageable. Essentially, this is made possible by the lack of vertical posts on the front of the racking, making it free from obstructions, and consequently allowing easy access to otherwise hard to store materials.

The base of this storage system can rest on the floor as an anchoring point that secures the rack in place, or the base can be bolted to the concrete floor – ultimately, this depends on the design. This allows for the Cantilever racks to be compact and mobile, if that is preferable for your storage space.

The perfect solution?

Cantilever Racking may be the perfect storage solution for you if you are seeking a heavy-duty storage system with awkward materials, that is both easy to install and reconfigure depending on the changing needs of your storage space. But, in other cases, alternative choices of storage systems may better fit your needs.

Bulk Loads:

Cantilever Racking is often the go-to storage system for anyone who seeks to make the most of their warehouse space whilst storing long, heavy and often awkward items. As the ideal form of storage for oddly shaped inventory items, if your warehouse is storing, for example, building materials that are unsuitable to be stored in traditional racking systems, then Cantilever Racking may be the right call for you.

Flexible Solution:

The racks on this heavy-duty storage system are configurable in a multitude of ways, depending on what you wish to store, and this means that Cantilever Racking acts as a flexible solution to fit the needs of your storage space. Of course, this means that it can adapt to the growing or changing requirements of your storage space with minimal hassle – a fantastic way of ensuring maximum efficiency and optimal storage space being used.


By choosing this storage racking solution, you are minimising certain risks that can present themselves if you choose to store items on your floor. Placing inventory items directly on your floor increases the risk of collisions with forklifts… not just does this have the potential to be detrimental to the efficiency of your business, but it can also result in safety risks to your employees. Additionally, the Cantilever not being obstructed vertically does not just mean that you can stack materials as high as necessary, but it also increases visibility under lighting systems, and provides increased access for fire suppression systems.

Space Utilization:

Maximising available floor space is almost synonymous with efficiency when it comes to your warehouse. Due to the small footprint of Cantilever Racking, when comparing it to floor stacking, less valuable floor space will be used, and hence the storage capacity within your warehouse will be increased.

Ultimately, this storage solution may be the perfect fit for your industrial space if you are storing bulky, awkward material. If you wish to maximise productivity and efficiency, increase your floor space, and ensure additional safety within your warehouse, then Cantilever racking may be your answer.

Adjustable Pallet Racking

Adjustable Pallet Racking is the most common form of pallet racking and offers a dynamic, efficient storage system that utilises upright steel frames, beams, and connectors to create a sturdy, durable and easily managed structure. This type of Pallet Racking allows flexibility as beams can be raised or lowered to create different size spaces to accommodate a variety of pallet sizes and weights - It is a dynamic storage system that can be altered and reconfigured as your business and warehouse requirements change.

Adjustable Pallet Racking is a great solution for businesses with diverse or ever-changing storage needs as it allows for quick and efficient access and adapts to any type of unit load and forklift, saving you time and money by minimising the time needed to access and move goods.

Advantages of Adjustable Pallet Racking

As a system that is a selective storage solution, designed to store palletised goods using forklift trucks, there are many advantages:

  • Adapts to any type of unit load and forklift.

  • Allows direct and immediate access to goods.

  • Quick and efficient assembly, disassembly, and replacement of parts.

  • Quick placement and access to every pallet directly and immediately.

  • Strict control of stored SKUs; each storage location matches a unit load.

  • Time and effort saving when handling goods, achieving high stock rotation.

  • Ability to meet changing needs.

  • Easy to assemble structure

  • Increased safety factors due to the accessories used

When is it the ideal solution? Adjustable Pallet Racking can be the ideal solution for most businesses due to its adaptability and versatility when storing a diverse range of goods and we specifically recommend Adjustable Pallet Racking in the following situations:

• High turnover storage spaces

• Storage where direct, quick access is needed to each unit

• Warehouses that require a combination of pallet and picking racks

• Storage spaces with a diverse range of unit sizes and weight requirements

• Storage of non-standard unit size items such as drums and containers

Despite the reliability and accessibility of Adjustable Pallet Racking, other storage systems can suit your needs more appropriately and effectively, depending on the nature of your company. So, although all warehouses share common characteristics and therefore may have similar needs, there are many varying factors that will determine the design and construction of your storage system.

Answering the question…

When answering the question on what storage solution is ‘better’, first you must consider which type of racking suits the needs of your space and storage the best. If you are if you are seeking a heavy-duty storage system with awkward materials, that is both easy to install and reconfigure depending on the changing needs of your storage space, then Cantilever racking may be better suited for your warehouse. However, if you are looking for a storage solution that is easy to manage, customise and you have a high turnover, then Adjustable Racking may be a better option.

Contact Us!

We understand that considering the space and storage solution that will work best for you can be a gruelling and intimidating task and that’s why we are happy to offer a no-obligation estimate service.

Contact us today to discuss the storage system that is perfect for your warehouse, and we can begin the process of offering you an end-to-end bespoke service to alleviate your storage stresses.

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