Beginner’s Guide To Industrial Shelving

Budget-friendly Pallet Racking

Using high-quality storage systems helps businesses be more productive and efficient. Industrial shelving is a durable and cost-effective storage solution that helps keep your business organized and efficient, especially if you’re working in a small space.

There are many kinds of industrial shelving, and the best type for you depends on the size of your storage facility and what you intend to store on the racks. Industrial shelving can vary depending on size, weight, material, and design. One of the most popular types of industrial shelving is steel shelving, both for its sturdiness and durability.

Industrial steel shelving can vary in terms of design. Boltless or wire shelving systems are different from standard steel shelves. Choosing the proper shelving ensures you get the maximum benefit from your storage equipment.

An expert in storage solutions can help you decide which industrial metal shelving system works best for your business. If you want to adapt your storage to suit your needs, consider investing in a custom industrial shelving system. Take a look at the most common types of industrial shelving available to see what’s right for you.

Pallet Racking

If you are running a large warehouse, an effective way of organizing your space and using the full height of the facility is to implement a pallet racking system. Pallet racks are a type of shelving system used for storing pallets. The pallets are stored in horizontal rows and multiple vertical levels. Forklifts are used to load and unload the pallets from off the racks.

There are different types of pallet racks, each one with unique characteristics. At Shelving + Rack Systems Inc., we can help you decide which pallet rack system is the most efficient for your storage facility.

Selective Pallet Racking

This is the most common pallet racking solution. It’s easy to install, you can easily add more levels if required, and it’s relatively inexpensive compared to other storage systems. With selective pallet racking, you can access any pallet without moving others out of the way. This racking system is excellent for businesses with a high stock turnover rate or a first-in, first-out (FIFO) inventory system.

Push Back Pallet Rack

The push back pallet rack system allows you to store pallets right behind one another. When the forklift adds another pallet on the front rack, the pallet right behind is pushed back. When unloading, pallets slide forward as the forklift removes things at the front of the rack. This is a system that requires a good organizational plan, but it can optimize space in a warehouse.

Drive-in Pallet Racking

The drive-in pallet racking system is an excellent way of maximizing the use of space. This is the optimal and most common pallet storage system when storing homogeneous products. This high-density storage system works well with a LIFO (last in, first out) inventory method.

Allstor Shelving

Rivet Rack Shelving

Rivet Rack shelving, also known as boltless shelving, is one of the most versatile industrial shelving solutions. With individual shelves that can hold up to 1,400 lbs., rivet rack shelving can compete with pallet racking systems in terms of storage capacity. However, it’s not designed for pallets but cartons and case storage.

The installation of rivet racks is straightforward because the system doesn’t use screws or bolts. Instead, the system uses upright posts with tear-drop holes punched at regular intervals and connector pins on the shelves that slide right in. This type of connection gives the shelving system remarkable load capacity and stability.

Rousseau Drawer Cabinets

Rousseau cabinets are heavy-duty and provide secure industrial storage for small parts and tools. The Rousseau drawers have a unique design and are some of the most durable on the market. They also come with a lifetime warranty. Industries related to any kind of engineering or construction business can benefit from these high-quality drawer cabinets.

If you have many small parts and tools, replacing traditional open shelving with Rousseau drawer cabinets can be very effective. One of the main advantages is freeing up storage space since drawer cabinets are more compact than conventional shelves. Rousseau drawers also increase speed and accuracy in retrieving items, improving efficiency.

Automotive Shelving

The automotive industry requires specialized shelving systems more than any other industry. Automotive parts and components are often changing in size and shape, which makes storing them difficult. Also, car parts are often minuscule. For this reason, automotive companies need a smart method of organizing all the parts and tools.

Automotive shelving has two main advantages. First, it has an open design so that you can store products of all shapes and sizes. Second, an automotive shelving system has unique sliding dividers that make the shelving system entirely customizable.

Heavy Duty Bin Units

Durable bins are an efficient way to store small items in all kinds of spaces, from warehouses to garages and offices. Our bins have an open hopper front design that provides easy access to stored items, even when the boxes are stacked.

Our heavy-duty bin units come in various styles and sizes to meet the needs of different businesses. They can be purchased without lids, separate lids, or attached lids. They also come in a wide range of colors, making it easier to organize small tools and parts. While a simple storage solution, heavy-duty bins are an effective organizational method that you shouldn’t overlook.

modular workbench system


Workbenches are an excellent addition to any workplace or storage environment. They can be used by hospitals, factories, laboratories, and many other types of companies.

Essentially, a workbench provides both a workstation and a storage solution simultaneously. They are fully customizable, allowing you to select the specific features you want on the station.

Workbenches come into contact with a wide variety of substances and materials. Our workbenches are made from reinforced steel to resist heat, corrosive chemicals, and heavy materials. Our workbenches are built to last, and they are an excellent investment to increase productivity and workflow.

commercial wire shelving

Quantum Wire Shelving

Wire shelving is useful for increasing the hygiene of storage space because it allows minimal dust buildup and is easy to clean. In the software, healthcare, and food industries, it’s essential to maintain a tidy and hygienic warehouse environment.

Wire shelving is also one of the safest shelving systems. If a warehouse fire occurs, the shelves will not prevent sprinklers from reaching the source of the blaze. Wire shelving also creates good air circulation and prevents air condensation on shelves, which improves the quality of storage. Wire shelving is also lighter than other types of metal shelving, which makes it perfect for mobile or portable storage solutions.

Industrial Shelving types

Warehouse Guard Rails

In addition to great storage systems to increase productivity, a warehouse or storage facility also needs to be safe for workers using the space. One of the most effective ways of improving the security and safety of any warehouse is using guardrails.

Forklift and heavy equipment collisions are costly and dangerous, and guard rails can reduce the frequency of these events. Guard rails absorb the impact of collisions by spreading the force along the line of the rails. We design our guard rails to withstand a 10,000 lbs. impact at 4 mph.

Shelving + Rack Systems – Your Storage Equipment Experts

At Shelving + Rack Systems, Inc., we help businesses find the most effective storage system for their warehouses. By finding the best possible industrial shelving solution, we help businesses increase their overall productivity and profits.

We have been in the storage solutions business since 1979. For over three decades, we have worked with companies across the United States, and today, we are leaders in the storage solutions field. Our design and layout services can provide unique and custom industrial shelves for your company, regardless of your needs.

We specialize in a range of shelving units and systems, including heavy-duty tool and die shelving, mobile shelf units, industrial boltless shelving, and automotive shelving, among many others.

Contact Shelving + Rack systems for More Information on Industrial Shelving

At Shelving + Rack Systems Inc., we have the necessary experience to help you improve the productivity of your warehouse. In addition to the wide range of storage products in our catalog, we can work closely with you to design a customized storage solution that is perfect for your business.

Our team of professionals can also carry out the installation at your request and that you meet all permit requirements. For more information, contact us online or call us at (800) 589-7225.