When it comes to industrial storage solutions, one of the most versatile and efficient options available is the cantilever rack. Cantilever racks are perfect for storing long, bulky, or irregularly shaped items and are widely used in industries such as manufacturing and construction.

Consider investing in cantilever storage racks if you require a versatile and efficient storage solution for storing long and bulky items such as lumber, pipe, plywood, sheet metal, or bar stock in your warehouse or manufacturing facility. With their customizable design, easy access, and durability, cantilever racks are a smart investment that will help you maximize your storage space and improve your facility’s overall efficiency.

This article will provide an overview of the racking system, as well as share benefits and different types of cantilever racking. To see more industrial storage solutions, view our market page.

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Benefits of Industrial Cantilever Racks

Increased Storage Capacity

Cantilever High Capacity Pallet RacksCantilever racks offer more storage space than traditional shelving or pallet racks. The open design allows for storing long, bulky items without wasting valuable floor space. And if your facility is short on space, consider implementing a mobile cantilever rack system. This space-saving storage solution mounts cantilever storage racks on sliding floor tracks, eliminating static access aisles to double your storage capacity in your existing space.

Ease of Access

Long stock such as lumber, pipe and sheet metal are challenging to store and handle, but cantilever racking makes it easy to store and access these materials. Cantilever rack systems have arms extending outward from the columns, facilitating easy loading and unloading without obstruction. Items can be quickly and efficiently stored or accessed from either side of the rack. 


heavy duty cantilever racksCantilever storage racks are built to last. They are constructed from heavy-duty steel and designed to withstand the rigors of industrial use. These heavy-duty storage racks feature industrial-strength structural grade bolts and powder-coat finishes. Outdoor cantilever racking features a galvanized finish for enhanced corrosion resistance to withstand harsh weather conditions. 


Cantilever storage racks are perfect for storing a wide range of items, including lumber, piping, sheet metal, furniture and more. They offer more flexibility than traditional shelving and pallet racks. Cantilever storage racks can also be modified easily, with adjustable arms and some accessories available to accommodate your storage needs.


Cantilever racks can be easily customized to fit the specific needs of your facility. The arms are adjustable and removable to create larger or smaller storage spaces and the vertical columns can be cut to fit the height of your ceiling. Single-sided wall units and double-sided freestanding racks are available.

What is Cantilever Racking?

cantilever rackingA cantilever rack is a type of storage system that consists of a series of vertical columns, horizontal arms and diagonal bracing. The arms extend outward from the columns, creating shelves or platforms perfect for storing items that would be too long or too heavy for traditional shelving or pallet racks.

The unique design of cantilever racks is ideal for material handling and storing long, bulky items such as lumber, sheet metal or PVC pipe. Unlike traditional racks, the shelving is not broken up by posts at the ends of the arms, which facilitates easy storage of long materials. There are several different types of cantilever storage racks, ranging from light-duty to heavy-duty applications.

Types of Cantilever Racks

Cantilever Pallet Racking

For warehouses and other facilities storing large amounts of long heavy stock, cantilever pallet racking is an ideal storage solution. This heavy-duty cantilever racking solution functions like pallet racking but features the cantilevered rack design. The arms extend out from the durable steel columns to support lumber, pipe and other long materials. Like traditional pallet racks, a cantilever pallet rack system is designed for forklift loading.

Heavy-Duty Cantilever Racks

cantilever pallet racking systemsFacilities with less extensive storage needs can benefit from heavy-duty cantilever racks. These standalone racks come in a range of different dimensions and can support heavy pipe and steel bar stock. Shop heavy-duty cantilever racks on our online store.

Features and specifications of heavy-duty cantilever storage racks include:

  • Structural cantilever columns with X-type brace sets
  • Straight or inclined arms
  • Optional removable arm
  • Single- or double-sided units are available
  • Arms adjustable on 2″ increments
  • Up to 12′ high
  • Up to 8’3” wide
  • Up to 6’6” deep
  • Powder-coat finish with a choice of several standard colors

Optional accessories include:

  • Shelf overlays (wire mesh, steel plate or plywood)
  • Beam supports for additional reinforcement
  • Arm accessories

Industrial Cantilever Shelving

cantilever racksFunctioning as a light-duty cantilever rack, industrial cantilever shelving is perfect for storing lighter loads of long materials. Industrial cantilever shelving is exclusively hand-loaded, unlike the larger warehouse cantilever racking systems.

Mobile Cantilever Rack Systems

Cantilever racks and shelving of all sizes can be installed onto a high-density storage system to save space and maximize your storage capacity. In a mobile cantilever rack system, the racks mount on rolling carriages that slide back and forth on low-profile floor tracks. The rolling cantilever rack system eliminates static access aisles, allowing you to store twice as much in the same footprint. These savings are especially beneficial for extensive warehouse storage that requires extra-wide aisles for safe long stock handling.

Heavy-duty cantilever rack systems are motorized. Operators open the desired aisle with a push button or remote control access is available for fork trucks. The mobile cantilever rack systems feature state-of-the-art safety features to protect workers and materials while using the system.

Mobile cantilever pallet racking systems can be up to 96 feet long. For facilities requiring forklift access to the system, the movable aisle space can be up to 18 feet wide to enable the safe handling of long stock.

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Contact Us for Cantilever Racks

Southwest Solutions Group® provides design and installation services for cantilever rack systems. We will also provide a free consultation to determine your needs and specifications before the design begins. To learn more or to speak with a specialist, call us at 1-800-803-1083 or send us a message today.



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