When you run a small business that requires you to store a large amount of supplies and merchandise in a warehouse or other type of storage facility, it is imperative that you have the right type of containers and shelves to house your possessions. If space is tight and you need storage components that can withstand harsh conditions, you should invest in custom metal fixtures. The following guide provides you with a primer on how to incorporate custom metal storage in your facility.
Advantages and Design
One of the main reasons it makes sense to hire a metal fabrication firm to design your storage equipment is that the fixtures can be customized to fit into any type of space including odd-shaped areas where you cannot fit store-bought cabinets and shelving.
Metal storage containers are sturdier than those made of wood. They will not warp or expand due to humid conditions. In addition, stainless steel and aluminum will not succumb to rust or tarnishing.
You can commission a metal fabricator to build all types of cabinets, enclosures, display cases, drawers, vents, racks, mounts and bins. When you are ready to begin designing your custom storage, you can submit the exact measurements of your space along with photos and details of your storage needs. In return, you will receive detailed blueprints of your proposed storage fixtures along with an estimate.
There are numerous features that you can add to the design of your custom metal storage fixtures to add to their functionality, safety and aesthetics.
If you need access to a washing station, you can add a stainless steel sink and backsplash to cabinetry. The sink can be completely integrated into your storage fixtures for completely seamless components.
Other features that you can add to custom metal storage include:
- Cutting boards
- Riveted metal
- Trash cans
- TV holders
- Rounded corners
- Airtight seals
- Glass doors
- Perforations for wiring
If you want to add decorative accents to your storage, you can add other types of metal such as ornamental copper, brass and iron.
Finishes and Installation
You can choose from a wide variety of finishes for custom metal storage fixtures. While plain, brushed metal can give your supply cabinets and drawers a sleek look, you may want a more personalized design.
Finishing options for metal fixtures include:
- Powdered coating
Paint and powder coats, from matte to high gloss, are available in any color you specify to match the decor of your facility. Powder coatings can also be formulated to create a variety of textures and are more durable than paint finishes.
If your storage fixtures are in a harsh environment or outside, you can opt for a zinc coating. This will protect the components from extreme weather and the effects of fluctuating temperatures.
If you prefer the look of shiny surfaces, you can opt for high quality, metal brushing for a smooth, mirror-like look.
Depending on the size and design of the storage fixtures, you can have them delivered to your facility and install them on your own. However, some metal fabrication firms will come to your site and install the fixtures for you.
If having your company logo on your equipment is important to you, a metal fabrication shop can also add decals or engravings to your storage containers via laser cutting. Contact a shop whenever you need to figure out how to maximize space in your storage facilities with more metal fixtures. The same welding, bending and computer-aided design techniques used to manufacture state-of-the-art precision equipment will be used to create your metal storage fixtures.