Cantilever Racking

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever rack is a modular storage system with obstruction free style of storage. Cantilever racks are designed to store material of varying lengths such as; furniture, steel bars, pipe, lumber, building materials and sheet stock.

Tennessee Rack offers a full range of new and used teardrop pallet rack components most of which can be found in our QuickShip Program ready for will call pickup in Nashville, TN, or shipped to your location.

If you want to sell instead of buy, we are always interested in purchasing existing systems and will provide a fair and honest assessment of value.

What are Cantilever Racks?

Cantilever racking is comprised of four components:

Cantilever rack uprights are the vertical columns that create the height of the storage system. Cantilever uprights are often referred to as columns or towers. Upright heights can range from 6’ tall to 20’+ tall. Cantilever rack height must also have sufficient combination of weight capacity and the element of elevation for each arm level. To start a bay of cantilever racking you must have at least two uprights.

Uprights have the ability to be either single-sided or double-sided. Single-sided cantilever uprights are normally placed against a wall for access from one side only. Double-sided uprights are generally floating and can be accessed from both sides. 

Cantilever rack uprights are punched on the column vertically on 3” centers to allow for flexibility of arm levels.

Cantilever rack bases are the stability component of the storage system. Bases attached to the bottom of the upright and provide the first storage level. Base length is dictated by the length of the arm and if the system is single or double-sided. 

Cantilever rack arms are often the most important part of the storage system. It is important that the correct arm is selected for each system.

Arms are the horizontal members of a cantilever racking storage system. They attach to the upright and support the load. Arms can be adjusted on 3” centers vertically up and down the upright. Arms are available in various lengths up to 60” in a variety of capacities. 

Brace Sets
Brace sets are the horizontal structural members that are bolted between two uprights to create a cantilever bay. Brace sets provide the lateral stability of the cantilever system to prevent bulging and swaying between the columns. Bracing is sold in sets and the pieces are determined via the height and capacity of the system. Brace sets are not only important in proving stability but also provide the horizontal spacing between cantilever arms that support the loads.

Advantages of Cantilever Racking

  • Flexible in design, less restrictive than pallet rack
  • Efficient system for storing long and bulky items
  • Forklift easily loads off and on arms and bases
  • Space efficient
  • Indoor and Outdoor
  • Durable





  • More expensive than traditional pallet rack
  • Less used availability 
  • Capacity Restrictions
  • Used cantilever racking can be hard to verify capacities and make it unsafe to use


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