Stannah: Everything you need to know about warehouse lifts

  • 13 Dec 2022

With online shopping on the rise, more companies are looking at different ways to store and move goods more efficiently. This Stannah piece explores selecting the best warehouse goods lift solution to optimise the movement of goods in your warehouse.

Whether that’s needing a bigger warehouse, needing a lift to an additional floor, or changing existing lifting processes as they no longer meet material handling requirements, a lift company like Stannah can help with the right vertical warehouse lifting equipment.

1) Factors to consider for a warehouse elevator lift

Whether you are looking to maximise efficiency, improve the use of space or save time, many factors influence the features to look for in a warehouse lift platform. As a first step, think about:


 – The number of floors/levels and if there are any space constraints within the warehouse to determine the travel, floor size, pit depth or ramp, or the headroom you need.

 – The type of goods being handled. The size and weight of the goods of each load will dictate the load capacity and car size you require. As does how you transport goods in and around the warehouse. If you are moving goods using pallets, trucks, trolleys, crates, bins and roll cages, this may also dictate your warehouse cargo lift.

 – Whether you will be loading the lift at floor level or waist height and if an attendant might be required to accompany the goods in the lift.

The different options are explained in the next section. Technical information and NBS specifications are available for download in our technical area.

2) The choice and types of applications

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Lifts and other handling equipment are designed to make the most of warehouse space.

They offer an efficient and safer vertical lifting solution for moving pallets from a loading bay or up to a storage area on a mezzanine floor. They can be categorised as follows (from light-duty to heavy-duty):


Product Loading Capacity Application
Microlifts 50kg and 100kg models Ideal for carrying small waist-height loaded stock up to 30m/12 stops.
Trolley lifts Up to 500kg Ideal for carrying floor-loaded stock on trolleys, pallets and roll cages up to 18m/6 stops
Low rise platform Up to 2000kg Ideal for when goods need to be moved over a small change in the floor, up to 1500mm that would make using a mobile trolley hard.
Goods only Up to 2000kg Ideal for transporting heavy, bulky goods, rather than people for travel up to 9m. This is our most popular goods lift model.
Goods attendant lift Up to 2000kg Ideal for transporting attendants and heavy, bulky goods in cage trolleys for travel up to 9m.
Goods passenger lift Over 2000kg Ideal for the vigors of heavy use in warehouses where staff and goods are moved frequently and robustness is everything

3) The benefits of a warehouse lift


Meet health & safety regulations

Introducing a warehouse lift protects your workforce from the risk of injury through incorrect manual handling. When loads can be easily transferred by a single person, without needing manual lifting or carrying heavy loads up and down stairs or ladders, you take away the risk of slips, trips and falls from height. It is always worth involving your healthy & safety representative when considering possible solutions.

Increase usable space

Businesses are looking to fully utilise their warehouse space, so they’ll benefit from an efficient and space-saving vertical lift solution. Goods lifts can address many warehouse and stock room environments with models to address low headroom and reduced pit requirements.

Save time

Manually moving heavy objects can take a long time. A lift can help move goods between floors in a matter of minutes. This well help a warehouse struggling to accommodate a vast increase in customer orders.

Trust in long-standing experts to help with your warehouse lift requirements

As industry experts, we supply, install and maintain a comprehensive range of goods lifts for the UK. Versatile, robust, quick and simple to install, our Microlift entered the market in 1973, and our goods lift in 1998. That’s a track record you can count on, supported by our 24/7, year-round maintenance service and emergency cover courtesy of our local Stannah service branches.

Want to know more about installing a lift for the movement of goods and available space in your warehouse? Contact us! We can give budget prices and arrange a free site assessment visit.

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