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5 Types of Warehouse Shelving

Steel shelving
Shelving plays an essential role in warehouse organization and safety. There are numerous variations of industrial shelving systems, and your business needs will determine your choice of shelving.
If you are looking to install new shelving or to replace the existing storage system in your warehouse, here are five options to consider.
1. Steel Shelving
Steel shelving is the most common type of shelving in warehouses. Consider this shelving system for storing cartons and small items. You can organize the shelves horizontally as high-rise storage systems or as floor-level units.
Steel shelves are durable, versatile, and inexpensive. They feature compression clips, which makes them easily customizable. To accessorize, customize, and maximize space, opt for steel shelving with modular drawers, doors, dividers, or bin fronts.
Although steel shelving is more versatile than other shelving types, maneuvering the braces and clips can make installation more difficult. Look at other shelving options such as wire and rivet shelving for mobile storage.
2. Rivet Shelving
Rivet shelving is equally sturdy and versatile. Shelves are built from durable steel and use decking to support the load. Rivet shelving can handle a large amount of weight, making it ideal for storing heavier objects in large-scale warehouses.
Unlike steel shelving, rivet shelving does not have clips or bolts and is, therefore, much easier to assemble. Rivet shelving also offers the most extensive range of sizes and the highest load carrying capacity.
In spite of its sturdiness, value for money, and durability, rivet shelving is not aesthetically appealing compared to other options such as wire shelving. Additionally, compared to steel shelving, rivet shelving has fewer customization options.
Because rivet shelves are heavy, bear in mind the cost of shipping if you are considering them as an option. To save on costs, consider buying the decking locally to reduce the shipping weight of the shelves.
3. Wire Shelving
Wire shelving combines aesthetics and function to provide an efficient shelving solution for warehouses. Wire shelves do not have side or back braces, and you can access them from all sides. Consider this type of shelving if visibility, unhindered air circulation, and hygiene are priorities in your facility.
Wire shelving is among the easiest to assemble and to clean. Opt for wire shelves for storage of lighter items. It is not as durable and strong as the rivet or steel shelving, it is more expensive than rivet, and has a limited range of sizes.
On the upside, wire shelving mounts well on casters and is excellent as a mobile storage solution. It comes with numerous custom configurations with options for wall mounting and installation of tilt shelves.
Consider wire shelving if space limitation is an issue in your facility. Wire shelving can easily fit into corner spaces, right-angled nooks, and straight areas.
4. Boltless or Clipless Shelving
Boltless or clipless shelving is becoming increasingly popular in industrial applications. This type of shelving comprises particleboard and steel bracing. It offers a large capacity per shelf level and is perfect for storing lightweight items. While it is not as strong as steel or rivet shelving, boltless or clipless shelving is easy to assemble and to maintain.
5. Bulk Rack Shelving
Bulk rack shelving is a heavy-duty storage solution best suited for warehouses looking to maximize space. This shelving is durable and offers a reliable shelving option for hand stacking boxes. Buck rack shelving can easily mount on casters for mobility, and because the shelving is boltless, it is easy to assemble.
The right shelving can keep your warehouse more organized, protect inventory, improve employee safety, and save you money. At Naveles Industrial Sales, we can help you find the best shelving for your needs. Call us today for consultation, expert advice, and industrial storage solutions.