Mezzanines are a popular type of industrial furniture, mostly used to make space for workers and working equipment, to store unused materials and to generally increase work space efficiency. In addition, they have some applications unrelated to storage. They can, for example, provide a surface or ceiling for offices; an office could be built above or below a mezzanine.
Some create easy transportation between floors and building ends; they can even transport guests and visitors. They also provide auditorium seating. Mezzanines are a common tool used by service companies, distributors and suppliers alike.
Mezzanines are essentially un-walled, raised platforms, but they come in a great variety of configurations. For instance, storage mezzanines, used in factories and warehouses, may be structural, meaning they receive partial or full support from a permanent building, or freestanding, meaning they stand independent of a support. They are usually made of steel.
Structural mezzanines, which free up surface area for machinery and store surplus products and equipment, are usually built into a building at the same time that building is built. In this way, they become an integral part of the building. Freestanding mezzanines, on the other hand, are usually added after the fact and perform less demanding tasks.
Some mezzanines, including many free-standing mezzanines, are prefabricated for flexible, modular assembly, often for the sake of short term use. Still others are nothing more than a petite platform, used for tool storage. Read More…
All mezzanine systems feature floors. Floors, in fact, are the main feature of mezzanine systems. As such, they are supported by columns, beams and fasteners that minimize any obstruction to operations below. Mezzanine floors are commonly made of materials like diamond treaded steel, plywood, metal plank and welding bar gratings and various poly texture panels.
Depending on the application, floors may or may not be bolted together around on on top of the building’s existing work and storage areas. In addition, utilities like water pipes and electrical conduits can be worked into mezzanine floors by being run through web bar joists. This is especially common and easy to do on steel and structural mezzanines.
Common mezzanine types include: metal mezzanines, in-plant mezzanines, plant mezzanines, prefabricated mezzanines, modular mezzanines, office mezzanines, warehouse mezzanines and perimeter mezzanines. Metal mezzanines are actually raised platforms; they have applications in stores, factories, warehouses and in other industrial or commercial contexts, as office space and storage space.
The term “in-plant mezzanine” refers to any mezzanine that is constructed inside a plant or building; they are usually shipped to their destination unassembled and put together upon arrival. Plant mezzanines simply serve as transitional floors in industrial plants. Prefabricated mezzanines are mezzanine systems that are designed and partially assembled before end-user full assembly. Similarly, modular mezzanines are prefabricated in standard size offerings.
They are generally less expensive and quicker to receive and install, but they are usually limited to a lighter PSF capability. Office mezzanines consist of raised platforms under or above which office space can be curated. Likewise, warehouse mezzanines are raised platforms used to create extra space in warehouses. Finally, perimeter mezzanines are added to large buildings to create an observation deck where overseers can keep an eye on floor operations. They also provide an easy means of transportation from one end of a building to another.
For specialized purposes, mezzanine manufacturers willingly design custom mezzanines with exact requirements, such as a specific shape or floor perforation size. Custom footing, often constructed of metal or concrete, offers a support base for the load-bearing columns of a mezzanine. Custom mezzanines may also feature a purlin, which is a structural member that provides support to flooring and loads by attaching horizontally to a mezzanine’s primarly frames.
In addition, to help with multi-level material storage and retrieval, mezzanines can be furnished with conveyor and lift systems. Whatever their specific configuration, all mezzanine designs integrate worker safety features. Generally, access stairs are clearly marked with brightly colored or reflective tape and treaded to reduce the risk of slips and falls.
Perimeter railings reinforce this safety measure. In addition, their modularity allows workers to expand, reduce, relocate or disassemble them if they encounter any problems or if their requirements change.
There are many reasons for businesses to invest in mezzanines. If you wish to grow, you must concern yourself with efficiency, and a large part of that is space efficiency. Mezzanines are indispensable tools of space management. They save time and money that would otherwise be drained by building expansion and renovation costs related to taxes, construction materials, labor, building permits and more.