How to choose warehouse shelving

If you are designing a warehouse for your company or upgrading an existing warehouse, you

If you are designing a warehouse for your company or upgrading an existing warehouse, you will need to consider what shelving you will be using. Here are some questions to ask yourself before deciding on what shelving to purchase.

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What are you going to be storing?

According to The Guardian, what you are going to put on your shelves is the most important thing to consider, as this will determine what type of shelves you will need, as well as their width, depth and the material that they are made from.

If you are going to be storing heavy, bulk items, there are commercial options available.

When you are planning what you are going to store on shelves, consider the weight of the items. Shelves and beams will be able to hold uniformly distributed loads or UDLs, which means that whatever you store will need to be spread evenly over the shelf to balance the load or the shelf could be at risk of collapse. If you choose shelving that can hold a higher weight than what you are storing, you will be prepared for any eventuality.

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What type of shelving do I need?

There are many types of industrial and residential shelving such as those available at rackzone.ie/shelving/industrial-residential-shelving. What type you need depends on what you will be storing. Pallet racking is only suitable for storing pallets, as there is no actual shelf support in between the beams. If you are storing other items such as boxes or goods, you will need full, level shelving which should be heavy duty if you are storing weighty items.

Where will I put the shelving?

When purchasing shelving Ireland has several options so ensure that you have measured the space where your shelves are going to be situated before speaking to an expert. Check pallet shelving will be the correct size and that there is space for loading and unloading. If you are going to need to manoeuvre heavy loads, consider making your shelves accessible from both sides, for ease, though this may affect stability.

Don’t forget your shelves will need to be finished for the environment they will be in, so if you have outdoor shelving, consider a galvanised finish, use lacquered shelves for a dry, indoor warehouse and stainless steel is ideal for food preparation areas.