3 Best Warehouse Layouts

Are you looking for the best layout to use for your warehouse? There are quite a few different layouts that you can consider depending on the type of service that your warehouse offers.

We’ll help you work through industry standards and what you can expect if you’re looking to build your own warehouse to use for your business.

Getting Started

As you get started on your warehouse layout and design, it’s important to think big. If you limit yourself to one size, then you’ll be limiting yourself to how large your company can grow. Obviously, you can’t build a warehouse so large that you can’t afford it, but the idea is to be thinking ahead towards the different areas of growth that could come within the next few months or years.

Sometimes, a company’s growth is inhabited by its size and the amount of inventory it can process through that facility. When it comes to your facility’s design, the biggest difference-maker is where you’ll place your shipping and receiving docks. You’ll notice those being the biggest difference makers in these designs.

U-Shaped Design

The U-shaped design is easily one of the most efficient and easy designs to visualize. The bottom of the U is where all of the inventory is stored, and either part of the extended legs is where shipping and receiving take place.

One of the things that makes the U-shaped design so great is that it can be easily expanded to work within almost any size warehouse. All you have to do to make this design work for larger warehouses is extend the size of the U. And of course, you can use the space between the legs of the U for different purposes depending on your operation.

The warehouse’s general layout should be as follows – reception or staging area behind the receiving dock and picking and packing behind the shipping dock. This makes things easy to navigate for employees and shipping lines.

I-Shaped Design

The I-shape is a bit more subjective but not at all complicated. You may have seen this design already without knowing it. The I-shape takes advantage of the two ends of the warehouse and uses them as the shipping and receiving docks. The longer center space of the I is used as the picking, packing, and receiving areas as well as general storage for the warehouse.

When working with this design, you must keep all of the high volume products in an easy-to-reach and get to area so that your team of employees doesn’t have to waste time searching for the right inventory for each order. Keeping things organized will help keep an I-shaped warehouse working efficiently.

L-Shaped Design

L-shaped designs are the last on our list, but these warehouses also work great. When designing this warehouse, it’s best if each leg of the L is roughly the same length. This makes it much easier to create a good flow throughout the warehouse and for forklifts and employees not to get trapped funneling through the 90-degree angles in the warehouse.

The areas of the warehouse are laid out with the main storage area sitting in the base of the L and the shipping and receiving docks at either end of the two legs. This design works great for small to medium-sized warehouses, although there are ways to make it fit for large warehouses as well.

If you’re looking for more commercial warehouse layout tips and design ideas, be sure tocheck out this blog post.

If your company needs a new warehouse building and you’re hoping to begin the building process,APX Construction Group would love to work with you. Our team of experts is ready to design and build your commercial warehouse and help you make the very most of the space.

Reach out to us today to learn more about our process and when we could get started on your project.

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