Racking and Shelving Tips for your Warehouse

For any warehouse, racking or shelving is a crucial element in ensuring an efficient production flow. However, to get the most out of any storage solution, it’s important to apply proper planning and layout for a facility.

As a leading shelving and racking supplier, MSR stock and install all forms of storage solutions that are designed to maximise the space available to you. Each warehouse and project is different, requiring finesse and expertise.

At Midlands Shelving and Racking, we’ve outlined a few helpful tips for choosing the right pallet racking or warehouse shelving system to suit your needs.


What you must consider

Pallet racking is the most popular type of storage solution for warehouses. It provides a strong, durable and fast-moving production system when implemented correctly. Shelving is often used for lighter items and a more controlled environment.

All our warehouse pallet racking and warehouse shelving options can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changing needs. Before purchasing a storage system, it’s important to know and consider the following:

  • Understand the width, depth, size, and weight of your products. This will allow you to choose the right pallet racking or warehouse shelving system and know your limitations.
  • Measure the maximum height available in your warehouse and how high you want to stack your items. Vertical space is often underutilised.
  • What loading and picking system are you planning on using. If you’re looking for a hand-loading system without heavy machinery (forklifts), then it’s best to choose a sturdy shelving system suitable for a warehouse.
  • When choosing pallet racking or shelving for your warehouse, safety is a top priority. Ensure that the storage system you choose is suitable for the weight of the items you plan to store.
  • Regular maintenance is important for keeping your pallet racking and shelving in good condition. Make sure that you can inspect the racks for signs of wear and tear at least every 12 months. This may result in fewer units to allow you to safely inspect and fix any problems that may arise.

There are many different types of warehouse shelving and pallet racking systems available, so it is important to choose the right one for your needs. If you plan on storing heavy items, consider using pallet racks, like cantilever racks.

At MSR, our company goal is to create the most efficient storage solution available to you. We achieve this through our extensive experience and top-quality production standards, maximising the space available.

Our storage and shelving solutions will suit any work environment, with the design, delivery and installation of any warehouse shelving or pallet racking system, all completed professionally.


Best warehouse pallet racking tips

As one of the most popular forms of warehouse storage, pallet racking comes in many forms. The best warehouse pallet racking system for you will depend on the type and weight of items you need to store, as well as the amount of space you have available.

Pallet racks provided by MSR can be made from different materials, including steel, galvanised steel, or an aluminium alloy.

Choosing the right pallet rack system for your warehouse ultimately comes down to the items you stock and the space you have available.

Cantilever racks

If you need to store heavy or bulky items, cantilever racks may be the best option for your warehouse. These racks are designed to support large loads, and they can be easily adjusted to accommodate changing needs.

Narrow aisle pallet racks

Narrow aisle pallet racking is a good option for warehouses with limited space. These racks can be configured to fit into small spaces, and they offer a variety of benefits.

Narrow aisle racks are easier to manoeuvre around, and they can help you maximise the use of your available storage space. However, with limited space and often taller racks, you may also need to invest in specialist loading equipment.

Selective pallet racks

Selective pallet racks are a good choice for warehouses that need to store a variety of items. These racks provide easy access to all stored items, and they can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changing needs.

Selective pallet racks by MSR are made from steel, so they are very durable.

Drive in Pallet Racks

Drive-in pallet racks are a suitable solution for warehouses that need to store large quantities of a single item. This system is suitable for a ‘First-in, Lat-out’ production flow.

The system lends itself to high volume movements of low value products where handling costs are a large percentage of the overall product cost. Pallets are stored on runners in the depth of the racking, and trucks can then enter to deposit or retrieve goods.

Drive-in pallet racks can help you increase storage density, and they can also improve the efficiency of your warehouse operations if your warehouse is large enough to support this pallet racking system.


Best shelving tips

The type of shelving you use in your warehouse will depend on the items you need to store. Shelving is typically used for hand-loading systems, where the likes of longspan shelving are commonly used.

Deciding on the most suitable shelving option for your warehouse will depend on several factors, such as the type of item you need to store and the available space.

Longspan shelving

Longspan shelving is a popular choice for warehouses that need to store a variety of items. These shelves are typically made from a steel frame, and they can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changing needs.

Longspan shelves are also very durable and can withstand heavy use, with chipboard shelves or galvanised steel decks also available to suit your needs.

Narrow span shelving

Narrow span shelving is a good choice for warehouses with limited space. These shelves are narrower than longspan shelves, so they take up less space.

Narrow span shelves are typically made from steel, and they can be easily reconfigured to accommodate changing needs.

Wire shelving

Wire shelving is becoming a popular choice for smaller warehouses that need to store a variety of items. These shelves are made from steel wire and are easily adjustable. This type of shelving is often seen in a commercial setting.

Gravity flow shelving

Gravity flow shelving is a good option for larger warehouses that need to store a variety of items. This warehouse shelving system is designed to allow items to flow from the back to the front once it has been picked, through the use of gravity.

Gravity flow warehouse shelving from MSR can also be fitted with additional accessories to create a more efficient system, such as stoppers to help control the flow of goods.


Warehouse storage with MSR

When it comes to choosing the best type of rack or shelving for your warehouse, it is important to consider your specific needs. Following these tips, it will help you to maximise the space in your warehouse and keep your inventory safe and organised with the best solution possible.

At Midlands Shelving & Racking, we offer expert advice and a state-of-the-art design system to create the perfect storage solution for your warehouse, as well as provide delivery and installation. The majority of our shelving options also come boltless; for ease of construction and provide you added flexibility without compromising on strength and quality.

MSR is a leading shelving and racking supplier across the country that can provide a storage solution for any facility, from warehouse pallet racking to commercial shelving to mobile office shelving.

Enquire today to see how we can help you.