The warehouse is one of the core areas of any business premises. It’s the place where stock gets delivered from suppliers and shipped out to customers, often at the same time. Without a functioning warehouse, many companies will find it difficult to sell their goods.
One surprising fact is many firms neglect their warehouses. Employees often feel unhappy at the divide between the “shop floor” and the offices elsewhere on the premises. If your warehouse could do with some refurbishment, this handy guide will give you some pointers to help get you started!
Give the Walls a Fresh Coat of Paint
It’s no secret that warehouses are high traffic areas. As a result, the walls of your warehouse will look lifeless and dirty. In some places, you might even see the paint peeling off the walls due to neglect!
That’s why it is important to give the walls in your warehouse a fresh coat or two of paint! Be sure to fix any problem areas that need replastering, for example, before you paint. And make sure that you remove any items away from the walls beforehand for obvious reasons!
Some people opt for standard emulsion paint on their warehouse walls. But if you’ve got bare brick walls, you may wish to consider using masonry paint instead. It’s a special type of paint that can get used outdoors too.
Improve Your Shelving
Your warehouse might already have some industrial shelving units and racks. But there will be times where you need to improve and replace what you’ve got with new shelving. At this point, I recommend that you detail a list of your shelving requirements.
For example, do you need shelves to accommodate individual products. Or must they be capable of storing pallets of stock? And is the floor of your warehouse strong enough to cope with more shelving and heavy goods?
Keep your Warehouse Warm During Winter
It’s a well-known fact that warehouses are cold during the winter months. They are seldom easy to heat up when the temperatures outside are near freezing! That’s why it is important to improve the heating setup in your warehouse.
Companies like Winrow can come in and do a proper survey of your warehouse. After which point, they can then tell you how best to improve your heating. As an employer, you have a legal duty to ensure that your staff work in a safe environment. That also includes maintaining a safe working temperature.
The last thing you want is for your employees to fall ill because your warehouse is too cold for them to work in!
Get Rid of those Dim Lights
One of the main bugbears that many warehouse workers have is the lighting conditions in their workspaces. Some warehouses use awful lighting. Not only is it a potential safety issue, but it’s bad for people that suffer from S.A.D. (Seasonal Affective Disorder).
These days, you can fit light bulbs that offer “daylight” lighting. They are usually around the 6500 Kelvin mark.