What Type of Metal Shelving Should I Choose for My Warehouse?

When planning a new warehouse from scratch or upgrading an existing workplace choosing the correct metal shelving for the products you are storing is essential.

There are also other key factors you want to consider – such as, how can you maximize space in the warehouse, improve efficiency in operations, and make the workplace safer.

Here are some of the leading metal shelving warehouse options and their uses, benefits, and drawbacks.

Steel Industrial Shelving

Industrial shelving is a cost-effective, durable, and versatile option for warehouses. Steel industrial shelving can hold loads of up to 1,000 lbs. per shelf. It is easy to erect and is built to last. It is also highly customizable; shelves can be different sizes – with larger shelves at ground level for heavy tools and equipment. That means heavier items are not a falling hazard and lifting them is less arduous and more convenient.

Shelves can also be set up in different configurations – with options for wire shelves and board decking.

One downside of these units is the lack of compartmentalization. Workers and those with access to the shelving must take time to place items back neatly, or the shelving can become disorderly.

Bulk Rack Shelving

Bulk rack shelving is cost-effective and ideal for inventory that needs to be handpicked as the shelves are accessible from both the front and back. This type of shelving can also be easily assembled and disassembled for simple reconfiguration. However, bulk shelving may be unsuitable for extra-large or non-uniform items.

Little Giant All-Welded Heavy-Duty steel shelving features a 2,000 lb. capacity per shelf and is anchored by foot pads. At only 72-inches high, it allows for hand picking at a safe and ergonomic height.

Boltless Shelving

Boltless shelving is perfect for heavy-duty storage needs. It is highly versatile and easily configured due to its boltless design. The Shelving is connected via rivets rather than nuts and bolts and shelves can be adjusted in very increments depending on your storage needs.

Jaken Boltless Shelving Units feature double rivet beams at the top and bottom of the unit for added rigidity and stability, with the option for wire decking or board shelves than can be adjusted in 1½-inch increments for unit you can customize.

Wire Shelving

Easy access to inventory that is also highly visible can boost the productivity of your warehouse. Wire shelving systems offer heavy-duty storage that is completely customizable with the right accessories. The open structure allows for access from all sides of the unit and also allows for adequate air and water flow to ensure that your storage units are compliant with industry safety standards.

Jaken wire shelving units come with an assortment of accessories that lets you customize the unit to suit your storage needs. From s-hooks that allow you to create a corner unit without the need for installing additional uprights, to wire ledges to prevent inventory from falling.

Mobile Shelving

When space is at a premium mobile metal shelving is a great solution. Mobile shelving systems are set on a track rail system, with the ability to open the individual aisles as you need them, and they are one of the most space-efficient options.

They are often found in offices and storerooms, and the customized shelves are typically used to store archives or small parts.

One drawback is having to open the aisles using a wheel crank. This can take time and depending on the weight of the items on the shelves may be difficult for some. This can be helped by installing a mechanized system that can be controlled from a terminal or computer, but this will add to the overall cost.

Does Your Warehouse Need Metal Shelving?

Most businesses can benefit from the storage capabilities of metal shelving. Whether you need it to store parts, stock, equipment, or archives in the office, the increased storage capacity and durability offered by this solution gives your business the edge and allows it to do more.

So why not speak to a member of our team today on (800)-589-7225 (RACK) to see how metal shelving can improve your business.

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