How to Make Extra Room Around Your Warehouse Area

Renting warehouse space can be a costly experience, and even more so if you find that your business is not actually making any more money to justify the rent. In these circumstances, it is always better to see if you can expand your warehouse on the site that you are already occupying; or to see if you can free up the much-needed space in the warehouse that you already have.

#1 Designate areas for specific jobs

Getting your warehouse organized will definitely help with its smooth running of it, but it will also help with condensing areas down so that each and every job within your warehouse has a specific area for that job to be carried out. This will save on wasted areas that can be seen very much for a free for all and will therefore have to house items of equipment for all the different job roles to be carried out there.

#2 Condense packaging as much as possible

Warehouses are indeed a place of cardboard and packaging, not only that which your shipping operatives use but in other areas such as your goods-in where they are unpacking stock items to be booked in and, in some cases, decanted into other tubs or boxes for picking purposes. 

Dealing with unwanted packaging is a must, and breaking it down or folding it up will indeed provide you with some saved space. However, if you take it one step further and bale it using the correct wiring from you will not only have it condensed, but it will also be secured so that it will not fall all over the place and will therefore be much easier to store until it is collected or taken to your local recycling site.

#3 Use racking and height where possible at workstations

As mentioned above, many workstations within a warehouse have multiple uses as well as multiple users. Each workstation housing equipment and items that will be required for each and every job role that may happen to be carried out there. This in itself creates a muddle as well as unnecessary clutter. 

Having one workstation for each of your warehouse team to carry out their specific job role, including packing benches, is a must. You will then be able to concentrate on what each worker requires for their job and use the space above and below their workstation. When it comes to your packing bench, having a supply of flat-packed boxes under the bench with packaging materials kept on rollers above will free up much-needed bench space for products, paperwork, and technology.

#4 Do not flood your warehouse with supplies

If you are the type of person that feels it is better to have too much of something than face the risk of running out, then you are not alone. However, when you are looking at an overcrowded warehouse, you may have to rethink your tactics slightly. Trying to gauge how much you are going to require of specific items can be difficult, especially if they are likely to take some time when it comes to restocking, but when you are looking at the important commodity of space, ordering what you need to get the jobs done is very important rather than flooding your warehouse with items that could very well end up sitting on your shelves for months at a time unused.