3 Elements to Consider for Enclosed Mezzanines

15 Sep 2022 Warehouse Equipment

Mezzanines are a versatile and efficient way to add space to a facility, giving you additional storage capacity or more room to work. While some operations choose an open mezzanine for their facility, others may find that an enclosed mezzanine is better for their needs. If you are considering having an enclosed mezzanine installed in your facility, there are several elements to consider before creating a final design or choosing a specific product. As a leading provider of mezzanines and other equipment solutions, the team at Commander Warehouse Equipment knows that proper planning is crucial for optimizing safety, efficiency, and value. That is why they have compiled a list of 3 elements to consider for enclosed mezzanines to help you choose the ideal solution for your needs and budget.

Learn what mezzanines can be used for and how they can enhance your operation.

3 Crucial Considerations for Enclosed Mezzanines

When choosing an enclosed mezzanine system, it is important to keep the following considerations in mind:

1. The Purpose of the Mezzanine

The most important element to consider when designing or purchasing an enclosed mezzanine is the purpose it will serve for your operation. By keeping the purpose in mind, you can ensure that the space is perfectly designed and set up, allowing it to be used to its full potential right away. While enclosed mezzanines are commonly used as offices or administrative areas for warehouses, they can also be used to store high-value products or company equipment. If the space is meant to serve as an office, it will need desks and outlets for computers. Should the space be designed for storage purposes, it will require shelving and enough room to safely move products as needed.

2. Windows and Lighting

Adding walls to a mezzanine drastically reduces the amount of natural or ambient light that can enter the space. To ensure optimal lighting and safety, you will need to place windows or clear panels in key locations of the mezzanine. If your facility has little or no natural light, you may need to install light fixtures to ensure the safety of personnel entering the enclosed space.  The types of light fixtures you choose and the location they are installed in can affect your electrical requirements, so it is important to consider these elements during the design process.

3. Electrical Requirements

If an enclosed mezzanine is used as an office or storage area, it will likely require electrical outlets, lighting, and proper wiring. It is important to account for the number of required outlets and lights before construction to reduce the need for future revisions/additions. It should also be noted that electrical codes and requirements vary based on region, facility type, and application, so you will need to take note of them before starting your design.

Want to learn more about enclosed mezzanines, their uses, and if they are suitable for your facility? Reach out to one of our four Commander Warehouse locations across Western Canada.