What Is The Difference Between Racking

Racking and shelving are two important components of any warehouse or storage facility. Both are used to store and organize products, but there are some key differences between the two. Let us explore the differences between racking and shelving and help you determine which solution is best for your business. 

What is Racking? 

Racking is a system of vertical uprights and horizontal beams that support a series of decking or pallet options. The levels can be adjusted (on consultation) to accommodate different sizes and shapes of products. Racking systems are typically made of steel and are designed to support heavy loads. They are ideal for storing large, heavy items. 

What is Shelving? 

Shelving, on the other hand, is a series of angles and shelves that are supported by brackets.  Shelving is typically used to store smaller items. 

Benefits of Racking 

Heavy-Duty Storage: Racking systems are designed to support heavy loads, making them ideal for storing large, heavy items. 

Maximize Storage Space: Racking systems can be designed to maximize storage space, allowing you to store more items in a smaller area by utilizing the height of your warehouse. 

Improved Safety: Racking systems are designed to be safe and secure. 

Benefits of Shelving 

Cost-Effective: Shelving systems are typically less expensive than racking systems, making them a cost-effective solution for smaller storage items. 

Easy to Install: Shelving systems are typically easy to install and can be adjusted to accommodate different lightweight products. 

Flexibility: Shelving systems can be easily reconfigured or expanded as your storage needs change, making them a flexible solution for businesses. 

The difference between racking and shelving lies in their design and purpose. Racking is ideal for heavy-duty storage, while shelving is a cost-effective solution for smaller, lighter items. When choosing between the two, consider your storage needs, budget, and available space and get a quote and a layout design to ensure you maximize your space. 

Palian can help you make an informed decision about your storage needs. Reach out to any of our friendly representatives and let us help you optimize your space.