How to Purchase Pallet Racking

Buying the correct pallet racking for your warehouse sounds like a simple task – you choose a pallet rack and have it installed in your warehouse, how hard could it be, right? If only it were that simple.

If you are unfamiliar with pallet racking, you will be surprised at the amount of careful planning, measuring and forethought that goes into purchasing this shelving system. There are so many considerations to weigh for your business’ specific needs.

But don’t worry, with this article in hand you will be able to buy the pallet rack that is right for you:

Measure Your Warehouse

Before you even think of buying pallet racking, you first have to measure your warehouse from top to bottom; literally. Measure the floor length and width as well as the height of your warehouse. If your warehouse does not have a uniform square or rectangle shape, make note of the precise dimensions.

The better you measure your warehouse, the better the chance of finding the appropriate pallet racking system for your needs, so take this step very seriously.

Measure and Weight Your Product

Take the product that you intend to store in your warehouse and measure it. Measure the length, breadth and width of the product itself and then measure the length, breadth and width of the fully loaded pallet.

After measuring the product and the fully loaded pallet, weigh both. These key measurements will help you make a decision on the right pallet system. For example, if you are aiming to store heavy products, such as home appliances, then it makes sense that the pallet racking system will have to be much more robust than if you are storing fine china.

Pick the Pallet System That Best Suits Your Needs

There are many forms of pallet racking, each with its own unique advantages and disadvantages. Here is a quick rundown of each type:

  • Selective Pallet Racking – The most common type of pallet racking. Its supermarket aisle style floor design offers great ease of access. Good for all business types.
  • Double-Deep Pallet Racking – Similar to selective pallet racking, but not all pallets are accessible. Great for businesses looking to maximise floor space.
  • Drive-In Pallet Racking – This shelving system is optimised for quick removal and storage.
  • Push-Back Pallet Racking – Same as drive-in pallet racking, except that the rails are slightly angled, so when one pallet is removed the next one slides into place. Good for pallets with low weight.
  • Cantilever Pallet Racking – Designed with long items in mind, such as lumber and piping.


Once you have purchased the pallet racking system for your warehouse, you have one more task ahead of you – installation. This is a complicated task in its own right, so if you find the whole process too complicated, don’t hesitate to ask your pallet racking supplier for assistance. For a small fee you can take the burden right off your shoulders and have the professional’s setup your new pallet racking system.

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