Shelving or Racking? – choose the right system

Like people, every workplace is different and your needs will be unique to your situation. We work hard to make sure we can supply you with everything you need to keep your office, warehouse, stockroom, factory or school running smoothly.

In this article, we will look at  how to choose the right shelving/racking solution.

How do I find the right solution?

Selecting the right system can be confusing and it’s easy to get wrong, you could end up wasting valuable budget and resources on something that is not suitable.

To help you make the right choice we’ve identified the top 4 things to consider before buying your shelving/racking sytem:

  • How are you stacking your goods? – if it’s by hand you’ll need a shelving system, if its a machine (pallet truck/forklift) you’ll need racking.
  • What are the dimensions of your pallets? (if you’re looking at buying a racking system)
  • What environment are you using the shelving in?
  • How heavy are the goods that you’re storing? – pay attention to shelf capacity

I work in an office – what shelving do I need?

Generally Light duty shelving is perfect for an office environment, it’s lightweight and easy to put together.

Our budget steel shelving range is versatile in that you can have it as two separate shelves or as one taller unit. Each shelf can take up to 175kg. Please note: this is weight spread across the shelf.

I work in a stockroom – what shelving do I need?

That all depends on exactly what you are putting on your shelves. We offer solutions for simple storage like boxes and more specialist options for storing chemicals. Check out our selector tool for more suggestions.

I work in a warehouse – what shelving do I need?

Assuming you need to store bulky or heavy equipment and supplies, we recommend going with something heavy duty so that you have the versatility to store the things you wish to.

Pallet racking such as the system we offer at Key can be used to store weights up to 2,000kg per shelf.

We also supply specialist shelving such as the vertical storage rack.

We have helpfully filtered our shelves by whether they are light, medium or heavy duty, so you should be able to find exactly what you need on our site.

We hope this has helped you to decide what shelving you need for your workplace, let us know if you would like us to add more workplace types to this list and we will add them in email us on sales@key.co.uk !

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  • Posted on 7 October 2014