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Which Multi-Level Shelving System is Right for You?

Multi-Tier Shelving

Floorspace can quickly disappear when you need to store parts, bins, and materials. This lack of space can quickly lead to disorganization or overloaded shelving systems, reducing productivity and increasing the risk of safety incidents. To ensure that every product has a designated location without taking up additional floorspace, many warehouses and manufacturing facilities are starting to utilize multi-level shelving systems instead of conventional systems. Also known as multi-tier shelving systems, these unique solutions create additional storage capacity by capitalizing on unused vertical space. With several types of multi-level shelving systems available, it can be difficult to determine which is best for your needs. That is why the experts at Commander Warehouse Equipment have compiled some information on 3 popular configurations to help you determine which multi-level shelving system is right for you.

Learn about the differences between racking and shelving to determine which is right for you.

Multi-Level Shelving System Configurations

Multi-tier shelving systems are available in a variety of configurations, allowing you to choose the ideal solution for your needs. 3 of the most popular configurations of multi-level shelving systems include:


A catwalk shelving system utilizes multiple floors of shelving bays for optimal storage capacity. Each floor is built on top of another shelving system with aisles between each shelving bay for easy access. Most floors can be accessed by stairs, though some systems utilize ladders and lifts to reduce the amount of required space. This type of multi-tier shelving system is commonly used in the automotive industry and other facilities that handle a variety of small parts or products.


High-rise shelving systems are similar to catwalk structures, but they do not have decking between each shelving bay. This means that there are no floors or footholds between each level of shelving, eliminating the need for stairs. The only way to access these higher shelves is via rolling ladders or order pickers, making these systems ideal for fulfillment centres and manufacturing facilities. High-rise systems are also ideal for warehouses that utilize forklifts and other equipment that need to travel between shelving bays.


Mezzanine shelving systems are available in a variety of configurations and will vary greatly based on the industry they are used for. In most cases, these systems feature shelving on the lower levels and a flat platform on top. This platform can be used to store large items or as a space to perform assembly, packing, and other tasks. The platform is supported by the shelving bays beneath it and is typically accessed by a flight of stairs. Like conventional mezzanines, heavy loads are often lifted to the platform via a forklift. This type of multi-tier shelving system can be utilized for nearly any warehouse or manufacturing facility, increasing storage capacity and floorspace with the same solution.

To learn more about our multi-level shelving systems or to determine which configuration is right for you, contact the team at Commander Warehouse Equipment. Our experts can be reached through our online contact form and will be happy to assist you.

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