Pallet Rack Guide

Pallet racking can be a bit difficult to understand and put together, we’ll go over a rough guide on what is the most common type of pallet racking, what keeps it together, and how to assemble it.

Industrial type shelving is most commonly purchased either locally in warehouses for shelving Melbourne, or you can find great deals online. The most common type of storage racking and shelving is definitely selective pallet racking and is most used when a company is in need of storage racking. Most of the pieces that make up selective pallet racking are usually bought separately.

One of the two main components that make up selective pallet racking is the uprights also known as frames or legs. They are the support that holds up all the shelves in selective pallet racking. The uprights of these racks are what sit on the ends of pallet racks and each pallet rack bay must have at least two uprights. The second main part of what makes up selective pallet racking are the pallet rack beams and they are used to make the different level shelves and are held up by the pallet rack uprights. A pair of these beams is what makes a shelf level, of course not all beams are the same and they differ depending on what kind of height, length and number of shelves you want in your selective pallet racking. Most beams use a special clip that attaches directly to the upright without having to use any heavy machinery.


Before you start browsing the offers of retailers for industrial shelving Melbourne wide, by and install a selective pallet racking you’ve chosen, the first and most important thing you need to do is to determine the size of your product. You need to determine and size up your product by getting the measurements of its width, height, and depth. These are the measurements you will need to make sure any pallet racking you install will have enough space to store what you need it to, you will also need to make sure that the weight limit is not exceeded.

Most often any kind of racking is organized into rows to make use of any available space. Usually in the arrangement of single or double runs. The width of the bays will determine how many rows you can create in that space. By using your product measurements, you will be able to determine the width of the bays. The most common rule of thumb is to add 15cm to every load to get a general bay width. To make sure your product is adequately distributed on the beams, you want to determine how much overhang you can have on your pallet racking. You can do this by subtracting around 12cm from the depth of the product, with less overhang, things will run smoother. You want to check that your pallet racking is in good condition and if you are unsure about this you can always use additional support like wire decking.

When taking shelf spacing and overall height of the rack you need to take a few measurements to ensure that putting your product on the shelves is safe. To get the height of the rack there is an equation that will help you determine the height of the rack exactly and it goes as follows: (Load Height + 6″) x (Number of Shelf Levels)+([4″, 5″ or 6″] x (Number of Shelf Levels) = Upright Height.

It is important to get this measurement so you can determine if the pallet racking will fit in the space, if the truck needed to reach the top of the pallet racking can reach it, and to make sure that the pallet racking does not interfere with the ceiling, sprinklers or lights.

There are also many accessories you can purchase that can increase the durability and safety of your pallet racking. Some of these accessories include wire decking, skid support, forklift clearance bar, pallet support, reel holder, drum cradle, column protectors, back to back ties and back to wall ties. Depending on your needs or your budget, you can enhance your selective pallet racking easily with these accessories.

This has been a rough guide to pallet racking, there are many different types of pallet racking and how to put them together is not always the same. While there are plenty of guides online available to you, hiring a professional if you have no experience is your best option in ensuring safety and optimal working spaces for you and the people around you. You can find new and used pallet racking, pallet racking parts, and shelving locally in racking and shelving Melbourne wide or online.

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