What is a Warehouse Mezzanine and What Are the Benefits?

Warehouse Mezzanine: What is it?

A warehouse mezzanine floor system is an elevated floor/platform that is installed between the floor and the ceiling. Most of the time these steel structures are free-standing and can be dismantled and moved with relative ease. Industrial mezzanines are normally composed of steel (carbon or stainless). The flooring will vary based upon the specific application, but it is often made of steel (bar grate, metal decking, etc), wood product finished floor or b-decking.  Mezzanines can also be designed to accommodate a concrete flooring surface.

Mezzanine systems in a warehouse environment are an effective way to increase storage and/or work space by allowing you to utilize the unused vertical space that already exists in your facility. After the mezzanine is constructed, the space beneath it is also accessible and can be used for storage or other purposes.  There are a few different types of mezzanines to choose from, but steel structural are the most common in warehouses.

A two-tier mezzanine with storage rack (carton flow) underneath it.

Benefits of Using a Mezzanine in Your Warehouse

Storage is Not an Issue

A big problem facing distribution centers and manufacturing plants is outgrowing your facility. If you have a business with a production line, or you have a lot of shipping and receiving going on, storage space is crucial. That being said — if you’ve been in your facility for any length of time, you know how much of a challenge keeping up with space demands can be. Warehouse mezzanine systems are an easy way to add storage space.  And don’t brush it off as a band-aid — you can add a substantial amount of space with a mezzanine, which can keep you in your current warehouse or distribution center for years longer.

Stay in Your Current Location

Space constraints may have you thinking that relocating to a bigger building or adding on to your current is your only option.  Well, with the help of a mezzanine professional, you can have a mezzanine designed and customized for your warehouse and forget about the rest.  The cost of the system pales in comparison to moving your entire business elsewhere or having to build on to your existing facility.

The view from on top of a structural mezzanine.

If you’re looking for a flexible, generally painless and cost-effective solution to your storage woes, you should definitely consider a mezzanine.  The different applications in which it can be used are vast.  If you find yourself on a somewhat tight budget and you’re worried that even going this route may not be affordable enough, there are plenty of vendors that offer used mezzanines — so that may be an option to explore.  Take your business to the next level!

East Coast Storage Equipment has been proudly serving the material handling industry since 1994. We pride ourselves in finding the best, most appropriate and cost-effective storage solutions for our customers all over the country. If you’d like to find out more about warehouse mezzanine systems and how one could benefit your particular setup, contact us. We specialize in mezzanine structures, notably – used mezzanine systems.


Andy Roberts
October 23, 2015

I think that the fact that you can stay in your current location yet still expand is fantastic. There no risk of losing local custom this way.

Mark Logan
December 31, 2015

Good article. Many facilities can get away with a much smaller footprint which greatly reduces the cost of not only the building itself but the ongoing expenses such as heat, building maintenance, etc. If you require a high ceiling height for equipment and/or process in sections of your facility you can use mezzanine systems to effectively use the space where the extra height is not required.

Mark Logan
Saskatchewan Account Manager

Ted Johnson
February 6, 2020

Good points there, Mark. Thanks.

Rebecca Brockhouse
October 6, 2016

A great article explaining what a warehouse mezzanine is and how it can benefit businesses.

Zoe watson
March 20, 2018

I do agree with the fact that mezzanine systems in a warehouse can increase the storing capacity to a greater extent. However, safety factors should not be underestimated. The condition of different types of materials used in the mezzanine needs to be inspected properly and if any type of damage is identified, then it needs to be repaired or replaced with suitable alternatives. Apart from this other safety dimensions needs to be considered and should be inspected at a regular interval.

Zara Sodeman
March 15, 2019

Thanks for having this article, it helps a lot. It’s a well-written blog and it is very informative. Keep on blogging, looking forward to see more of your posts!

November 21, 2019

This blog about mezzanine floor pallet racking is well written. Hope bloggers can continue to update.

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