Whether you’ve heard someone mention it or you’ve bumped into this term in articles about storage and space solutions, you might still be wondering ‘what is a mezzanine floor?’ Don’t worry, it’s not just you. There are many misconceptions around these game-changing structures, so we thought we’d clear them up once and for all.
Most importantly, we’ll explain exactly how mezzanine flooring can be useful and for what type of businesses.
What is meant by mezzanine floor?
A mezzanine floor is a semi-permanent structure that results in an intermediate level either in-between the floor and the ceiling or two main floors of a building. Covering a smaller specific area, it allows you to turn wasted vertical space into a valuable production, storage, work or retail zone.
A mezzanine floor consists mainly of steel and it can be designed to withstand a weight of up to 3,000kg per square metre. Magical!
If it’s the funny name that confuses you, the term was simply borrowed from the French mezzanine and the Italian mezzanino which mean ‘of the middle.’ Makes sense, right?
What are the benefits of a mezzanine floor?
Now that you know what a mezzanine floor is, you can probably already identify its most obvious advantage. However, there are many other benefits of a mezzanine floor, and these include:
- As already mentioned, it can maximise the height and all the unused vertical space of your building,
- It is one of the most cost-effective space and storage solutions on the market,
- It creates two clearly defined, separate areas which can improve productivity: for example, the bottom one could be used for storage and the upper level turned into an office space,
- It is also incredibly flexible: it can be designed to match the specific layout and requirements of any building and workplace,
- Because it’s a semi-permanent structure, it can usually be dismantled and rebuilt should your needs change in the future,
- It allows you to expand internally for the smallest fraction of the cost of relocating,
- It is also cheaper than investing in separate additional premises, saving you money on rent.
What is a mezzanine floor used for?
A mezzanine floor can benefit several types of businesses and situations in both industrial and commercial settings.
Mezzanine floor for production
A mezzanine floor can help you refine your production lines or, especially, introduce an additional production area.
Because these structures are so flexible, you can combine them with lifts, conveyors and storage options to suit your company’s production needs.
At the same time, the fact that they can withstand such heavy loads means that you don’t have to worry about placing your bulky machinery on that new, raised floor.
Mezzanine floor for storage
A godsend in warehouses and distribution centres, a mezzanine floor is also one of the most space-optimising storage solutions.
Just like in production settings, lifts and conveyors will make it a breeze to reach the stored goods.
Mezzanine floor for offices
Has your company been growing faster than you expected? A mezzanine floor will allow you to create additional office space, ensuring that each and every one of your employees has an adequate work area.
You can even use part of this new level to create separate rooms for meetings or other specific functions.
Mezzanine floor in retail
Even before you knew what a mezzanine floor was, we bet you’ve actually walked on one in stores with an upper level that didn’t cover the entire flooring area.
This is because a mezzanine floor is a popular and practical solution in retail stores, too: it provides them with extra storage space, creates a more visually appealing layout, and allows you to increase sales per square foot.
So, what is a mezzanine floor?
Basically, it’s the solution that you were hoping for if you’re desperate for some supplementary space in your industrial or commercial setting.
Whether you need one for production and storage requirements or to create more office and retail space, at Raxel we can design and install the perfect mezzanine floor for your building. You’ll be surprised to discover what untapped possibilities are hidden in the unused space right above your head!
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