The word ‘mezzanine’ seems very exotic, but it is actually a very common feature of architecture. You will have seen mezzanine floors in many different places, because they are hugely practical and in many cases very aesthetically pleasing as well.
The word itself derives from the Italian for ‘middle’ – ‘mezzano’. This goes a long way towards explaining what constitutes a mezzanine floor. It is basically any sort of intermediate floor within a building that is not considered one of the main levels.
You will often see them as being indoor balconies. There will be stairs up to them and people on the mezzanine floor will be able to look out over the main floor below. You sometimes see them in large restaurants, but they are probably more common in shops and industry.
In industry, the great advantage of a mezzanine floor is that it greatly increases the usable space in a room. They are often used for storage, almost like shelving with stairs. You can stack goods underneath a mezzanine floor and then more on it. If you didn’t have the additional floor space, you would end up with goods stacked higher than would be safe. They are hugely practical.
In these instances, the floor is often freestanding. They can be made of steel to provide strength, but they are relatively easy to dismantle and move, if need be.
In shops with high roofs, a mezzanine floor increases the sales space, so they are often seen in warehouse type retail outlets. Greater floor space means that more goods can be put on display without having to move to larger premises.
You may also see mezzanine floors in offices. Again, they are often used for storage. It optimises the way products are stored, meaning items can be located quickly and efficiently without having to take down great stacks of things looking for what is needed.
Because these sorts of floors are primarily functional, they are quite easy to put up and therefore very affordable. This is of great appeal to businesses which are expanding but which don’t want the disruption of an office or warehouse move. The usable space is increased and everything else remains exactly as it is. There’s no real drawback.
Mezzanine floors are typically custom-made to suit individual requirements and are therefore suitable for factories, warehouses, offices, shops or pretty much any business space you can think of. They offer additional space for minimal cost and can be hugely advantageous for the company investing in one.
Jan Cessna writes about mezzanine floor specialists on behalf of www.invictamezzaninefloors.co.uk