Warehouse Layout Design
At this point, we’ve looked at our current warehouse space usage and used this data to map out our future storage and warehouse space needs. We’ve then used these criteria to find and select eligible storage spaces. Now that we’ve tackled these challenges, it’s time to create a warehouse layout that will serve your business’s needs and ultimately give you a return on your investment. For this step, be sure to find a professional who knows how to design a warehouse layout.
Warehouse Floor Plan Layout
Like our first two phases (determining your space usage and beginning the search for a new warehouse), there are plenty of variables to work with when crafting a warehouse floor plan. For example, the shape of one building may prove to be more suitable to our needs than another because of the aisle widths we require. Another example is the spacing of building columns. Depending on your objectives, your storage system may demand a certain building column spacing, or a dock location that minimizes travel time and leaves room for staging.
Once the layout is complete and all parties are happy with the result, any storage height restrictions should again be reviewed. Crucial but often forgotten variables like clearance to sprinkler systems and lighting will be key factors in warehouse space planning. It’s important to bear in mind that having a certain clear height in your warehouse doesn’t mean you’ll necessarily be able to store product that high. We want to avoid signing a lease, only to find out afterward that only 22’ of the 25’ clear height can accommodate storage due to sprinkler systems and/or local codes.