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This article explores how tension fabric storage buildings provide cost-effective and durable solutions for businesses with storage needs. It highlights the advantages of these structures over traditional tents, emphasizes their robust design and suitability for industrial storage, and showcases real-world applications.

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One challenge many businesses will face at some point is having enough storage capacity in the right locations so that operations can be optimized and profit opportunities realized. Whether the business is a retailer building up stock for holiday sales, a wholesaler taking advantage of a lower cost bulk purchase, a manufacturer with a large new contract, or any number of diverse storage needs, a tension fabric storage building is a fast, cost-effective solution for accommodating bulk storage requirements efficiently.

What is a Tension Fabric Storage Building?

aerial view of a tension fabric structure and fabric panels, construction halfway completed.Whether you need temporary or permanent storage space, a tension fabric storage building provides ample indoor space for inventory, supplies, building materials, vehicles, equipment, and more. It’s a cost-efficient and robust solution, offering reliable indoor storage that safeguards your assets and personnel from the elements. This versatile structure is accessible wherever you need it.

Tents vs. Tension Fabric Structures

construction progress on one fabric warehouse structure, the one next to it is completed.Tension fabric structures, pictured above, stand in stark contrast to the more familiar outdoor “tents.” Traditional “tents” are temporary structures, supported mainly by exterior poles and, sometimes, interior supports. Due to this unstable framework, tents have limited height and vertical capacity, making them vulnerable to wind, rain, and other forces. Without a reinforcing internal structure, a “tent” is not sturdy enough to hold up long-term to weather or other forces. “Tents” are not recommended for long-term use or for storing valuable items. They are best suited for short-term events like weddings, outdoor festivals, military field use, or recreational activities such as camping.

The Tension Fabric Structure

aluminum framework of a tension fabric structure being built onsite.In contrast, tension fabric structures are engineered to rival traditional brick-and-mortar buildings in durability, boasting corrosion resistance for long-term protection against the elements. Allsite’s tension fabric structures are built with an internal aluminum alloy frame, a series of high-strength metal arches that are interconnected and attached to a sturdy ground anchoring system. The arches are covered with heavy-duty PVC fabric panels that are tensioned over the extruded aluminum frame, creating a building structure that has the strength and reliability of a traditional brick and mortar building. In addition, the sloped structure is aerodynamic so that wind and precipitation flow easily off the roof. he white, UV-resistant PVC fabric reflects solar radiation, reducing energy costs. The absence of interior poles in tension fabric structures provides unobstructed, high-ceiling indoor space for easy and convenient storage and movement of goods.

Tension Fabric Buildings for Your Storage Space Needs

interior photo of fabric storage building as warehouse solution.Fabric storage buildings offer versatile solutions for warehouse storage, whether you need bulk storage, temporary storage, or customized warehouse solutions. With clear spans and high clearance, and a number of widths and custom lengths available, the structure’s open and spacious interior easily accommodate stacked pallet shelving, conveyor belts, forklifts, and other transport equipment. Locate a building adjacent to your main warehouse, job site, or factory for streamlined logistics.

Customize your building to meet your needs cost-effectively. Our standard widths range from 66 to 156 feet, and lengths can be customized in 5-meter (16.4”) increments, ensuring adaptability as your requirements evolve.

A Real-World Application

photo of two tension fabric buildings side-by-side at rPlanet Earth™site.Consider rPlanet Earth™, an innovative plastics recycler in Southern California. They chose two smaller side-by-side fabric structures that fit on an existing concrete slab at their main headquarters. This setup enables them to store, move, and access inventory conveniently on-site.

Allsite fabric structures are an ideal choice when you need extra space for various applications, including warehouse or industrial storage, bulk storage, inventory overages, seasonal inventory, or factory expansion. They can also be used to store large items, like aircraft, vehicles, and equipment, or construction supplies at a job site. Insulation liners are available if needed for temperature-sensitive items, and the buildings can accommodate HVAC or other climate control systems. You choose your openings, including steel overhead doors, fabric cargo doors, and personnel doors. Clamshell doors are available for aviation applications. Lighting and ventilation options are also available.

The Allsite Tension Fabric Structure


Allsite fabric structures are a great choice when extra space is needed for almost any application, including a warehouse, production line, and general storage. No need to search all over town for commercial warehouse space. Put up your tension fabric warehouse on your company lot, conveniently located right onsite, saving time and money on travel and transport to an offsite warehouse.

The Allsite structure is sturdy enough to stand for decades, but, because of its modular structure and ease of transport and installation, is also cost-efficient and convenient for short-term use. You choose the length of your fabric building storage rental and enjoy the financial flexibility of leasing with no capital investment or wait times for traditional building construction.

The system usually ships within a few weeks of order and installation at an average of 3,000-5,000 square feet per day, so you can be up and running quickly and keep operations on track. With an open-span interior, you can fully utilize floor and vertical space. Customize the interior layout with shelving and other elements to meet your unique requirements.

For more information on Allsite tension fabric warehouse solutions, give us a call at 702-699-9195 and tell us about your storage solution needs.

Author Peter Milligan

Peter Milligan is a Business Development Manager at Allsite, with degree in Psychology from Lafayette College and 14 years experience in matching customers with Tension Fabric Structure solutions. Read more about Peter and the rest of our team at

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