Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking is a type of warehouse racking system designed to effectively store long, bulky items such as lumber, pipe, and building materials. Unlike traditional pallet racking, cantilever racks have arms that extend from vertical columns, providing unobstructed access to shelf levels.

This design allows for loads of any width to be stored in a racking system. A cantilever racking system is commonly loaded with forklifts and is seen in all types of warehouse storage facilities.

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What Type of Material is Stored on a Cantilever Rack System?

So what type of material is best for a cantilever rack storage system? Here are the most common use cases for this type of warehouse racking system.

  • Lumber: Envision yourself walking into a Home Depot to get some plywood. This is the type of pallet racking that they are storing lumber on.
  • Steel Bars and Pipes: PVC pipes, cast iron pipe, conduit, etc…All types of long bulky pipe that won’t fit into selective pallet racking.
  • Furniture: cantilever racks are very popular in the furniture industry due to the odd sizes that furniture can come in.
  • Building Materials: think doors, windows, siding, sheetrock, and more
  • Automotive Parts: Cantilever racks are commonly used for certain automotive parts storage such as exhaust systems, particularly for heavy trucks.
  • Steel Sheets: are commonly stored in a cantilever rack system

As you can see from the list above, cantilever racks are ideal for storing long and bulky items. They do not have a front column and this creates an infinitely long shelf with no load width restrictions. The storage capacity of your industrial cantilever rack can be designed to meet your specific storage requirements.

Cantilever Racking Specifications

Cantilever shelving arms are typically adjustable on 4″ centers up and down. You can add in as many shelf levels as you want, as long as you are not exceeding the capacity of space in the upright. Arm length can also be designed to your storage needs but typically does not exceed 72″

The capacity of the arms and uprights can be made to meet your additional storage requirement and store whatever heavy items you may need. The capacity of the arms will change based on the arm length.

The height of the cantilever racking is fully customizable. That being said, you typically do not see many cantilever systems over 24′-26′ tall.


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