Cantilever Racking 101

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Cantilever Racking is the ideal warehouse rack system for storing your wood, lumber, steel, piping, tubing, and all of your other long industrial items. We have seen customers store everything from sofas to steel building columns on cantilever-style rack systems. They are commonly found in lumber yards, woodworking shops, and plumbing supply warehouses.

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Cantilever Racking Defined

Cantilever Rack is a freestanding storage unit with horizontal load carrying arms extending outward from a single vertical column. The absence of vertical support on the outboard ends of the arms permits uninterrupted storage of long lengths of material.


Understanding that warehouses typically have a wide variety of product sizes that need to be stored, cantilever rack systems are modular in nature allowing for easy reconfiguring as storage requirements change. Different arm lengths can be ordered, different brace sets can be used and you could even turn a single-sided unit into a double-sided rack system. All of this needs to be done with caution as capacities change when you start altering the original design.

In Stock Cantilever Racking

Cantilever racking ordered directly from a manufacturer can take anywhere from 4 to 11 weeks to manufacture alone. At AK Material Handling Systems in Maple Grove, MN we stock a large amount of cantilever racking for your warehouse that we can ship the next day. Shop our online cantilever rack store today! We offer multiple sizes with ranging capacity hopefully meeting your needs. Call 800-722-5908 if you would like a quote.

Budgetary Cantilever Pricing?

Many times we will have customers contact us during the warehouse design stages of their move looking for budgetary numbers on a cantilever rack system for their warehouse. We can provide these numbers if we have the answers to some important questions.

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Can·ti·le·ver Terminology

Arm: is the heart of the rack system on which the products are stored directly on. Options: straight or inclined with some accessories available.

Arm Bracket: is the part of the arm that wraps around the upright and has holes in which the arm connects to the upright.

Cantilever Base: is the part of the upright that anchors into the floor securing the entire system.

Cantilever Bolt-On Arm Lips: are sold as an accessory to your rack system for specific applications.

Cantilever Bolt-On Pipe Sockets: are sold as an accessory to your rack system for specific applications.

Cantilever Brace: is the part of the rack that connects the two uprights together. The size of the brace system is determined by the size of the product.

Cantilever Brace Length: is determined by the number of arms needed to minimize deflection.

Cantilever Brace Pattern: provides lateral stability to the rack system. horizontal or X bracing is standard.

Cantilever Brace Sets: are the structural channel members bolted between the uprights. Typically in sets of 2 and 3.

Cantilever Rack: is a freestanding storage unit with horizontal load carrying arms extending outward from a single vertical column

Cantilever Hair Pin Keeper: connects the cantilever arm to the cantilever upright of the rack system

Cantilever Inclined Arm: have a pitch of 20 degrees or approximately 4.36” per foot.

Cantilever Length of Arm: is determined by the width of the product

Cantilever Load Deflection: is the amount that the load dips or sags while being stored on the rack system.

Cantilever Roof Supports: can create a covered storage system for your cantilever racking.

Cantilever Straight Arm: are up to 48” Long and have a minimum pitch of 3/8” per foot to compensate for deflection.

Cantilever Steel Decks: are ideal for the storage of short lengths of material, dies, castings, and other items that require an uninterrupted length of heavy-duty decking.

Upright: This is the vertical column of the rack that is secured into the base of the rack system. The cantilever arms connect to this component typically with some type of pin or bolt system.

If you are interested in learning more about cantilever racking make sure to visit our cantilever rack page or call 800-722-5908.

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About AK Material Handling Systems

We deliver value to our customers by providing the absolute best combination of quality products, helpful customer service and competitive pricing. We specialize in warehouse layout & design, pallet rack systems, engineered sales, mezzaninesmodular offices and completed turn-key warehouse systems. For more information email us or call (800) 722-5908