What is Cantilever Racking?

Cantilever racking is a type of storage solution used for long, bulky, or irregularly shaped items, such as timber, heavy pipes, steel, and other similar items. It is designed with horizontal arms or beams extending outward from vertical columns, creating an unobstructed open-ended structure where these long products can be safely stored.

What are the key features of cantilever racking?

  • Cantilevered arms: The core feature of this type of racking is the arm design, which means they extend out from the vertical beams, allowing for unobstructed storage of these longer materials and products.
  • Adjustable arms: The adjustable arms allow users to adapt the space to accommodate different sizes.
  • Open frontages: Cantilever racking offers an open and unobstructed front, making it easy to load and unload with forklifts or other handling equipment.
  • High loading capacity: Designed for the storage of heavy loads and to carry lengthy materials safely.
  • Single or double-sided: Depending on the required storage capacity, cantilever racking can be single or double-sided, offering arms on one or both sides.

What are the benefits of cantilever racking?

Cantilever racking systems are ideal for the construction, manufacturing and logistics industries where there is a need to store heavy-duty and bulky materials and products, offering a wide range of benefits, including:

Versatility & Flexibility

Cantilever racking provides versatility through the arms, which can be easily adjusted to accommodate different long, irregular, and heavy items such as wood, steel, other metals, or even carpet. This type of racking can also offer a single or double-sided solution depending on the current demand, as well as potentially futureproofing a business’s aspirations, making it a flexible and fully customisable storage solution to meet a variety of requirements.


The open, unobstructed frontages on cantilever racking make it beneficial for the storage of cumbersome products and materials, allowing for easy loading and unloading of items with a forklift or other handling equipment.

Increased Safety

Cantilever racking is designed to be sturdy and durable, constructed to bear heavy loads, making it perfect for storing larger objects safely. This reduces the risk of damage to stock, as well as to employees. The open fronts also make it easier to inspect and access items, increasing safety while handling items.


Cantilever racking systems are generally made from robust materials like steel, making them a long-lasting and durable storage solution for those hard-wearing industrial environments.


Even though cantilever racking might require a larger upfront investment than other pallet racking options, it could more than pay for itself in the long run through effective space usage and its ability to store these awkward, lengthy, and heavy materials safely.

Heavy Loading Capacity

Designed to handle heavy loads and more awkward items, cantilever racking provides a unique solution that might not be feasible with other pallet racking systems.

Choosing the right system for you

Cantilever racking is most commonly used in warehouses or manufacturing, offering a safe and efficient method for storing larger, weighty materials and products. Not every business requires heavy-duty cantilever racking, so it is important to understand each pallet racking system’s particular benefits related to different applications and purpose. Talking to a supplier such as Advantage, who has extensive experience in designing bespoke storage solutions for a wide range of industries, ensures you get a functional and practical racking system, tailored to your warehouse or space, and most importantly, the business’s needs. This helps ensure you get the right racking to meet your requirements and budget.

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