3 Benefits of Cantilever Shelving

Guest blog by MHI Member Company New Age Industrial 

Storage is an ever-changing challenge and commodity in almost all industries. Cantilever shelving omits the front uprights, so the shelves are only attached at the back of the unit. This has various benefits including maximization of shelf and floor space, flexible configuration, and increased worker safety.

Maximized Space

Cantilever shelving maximizes shelf space by omitting the front vertical supports which allows the creation of a continuous unobstructed shelf for an unlimited length. This allows items like pipe, lumber, all thread, and other longer items to be stored properly. With the optional wall/ceiling mounted cantilever shelving, the footprint can be reduced to zero, allowing all available floor space to be free.

Flexible Configuration

Some cantilever shelving systems have nearly infinite configurability. Multiple shelf type options offer various weight capacities, the ability to store both small or large items, and fit any budget. Speaking of budget, the system is easy to assemble, and the shelves can be fitted at any height so they can easily be reconfigured by the user. This allows the need for only one system that can change with an organization’s needs. This ultimately saves money since new shelving will not need to be purchased as products and storage organization change.


Often, facilities store long items on pallets which consumes valuable real estate on the factory or warehouse floor. Sometimes large items are stored on shelves that aren’t configured to accommodate those items. Both quick solutions create safety concerns such as trips and falls as well as drops and damage. Those items protruding from inadequate shelving present an issue since employees could hit their head on them. Reconfiguring cantilever shelving and making a run of shelving units, lets you accommodate long, bulky items much more easily.

New Age Industrial is a leading aluminum extruder and fabricator of foodservice equipment in the United States. We design and manufacture lightweight, aluminum products to meet your exact needs. We work with various industries including foodservice, supermarket, and material handling. For more information on how to save money by providing a robust, customizable, and safe way to store products, contact us and our team will help find you the perfect product that fits your needs!