Which comes first- the warehouse, or the forklift?
For this article, let’s assume you’re building your warehouse around your forklift. There are several considerations to be made as you determine how wide your aisles will need to be.
It is important to note that before you design your warehouse consult with your lift truck manufacturer. They’ll be able to give you the stacking aisle requirements and help you avoid a design flaw that could prove costly at best- dangerous at worst.
When you are determining the width of your aisles, remember that empty racks are only part of the equation. Loaded racks bearing pallets will require six inches more space- three inches on each side of the aisle. This “clear aisle” space is the distance between products stored in the racks- not shelf to shelf.