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Boltless Shelving Deck Types

Wood Deck

Wood Deck

Wood shelves are constructed of high-density particle board making it the most popular & budget-friendly choice for shelving material. Ideal for most general-purpose applications, including commercial & light industrial storage.

Laminate Deck

Laminate Deck

Laminated shelves are comprised of multiple layers of material bonded together, which produces a strong & durable shelf that is resistant to scratches, moisture, and other forms of damage. Great for applications where a clean and professional appearance is desired, such as retail environments.

Steel Deck

Steel Deck

Steel deck shelves offer unparalleled strength and durability, making them ideal for demanding storage environments. Resistant to wear, impact, and damage, steel shelves are a reliable choice for manufacturing facilities, automotive workshops, and warehouses handling large and dense materials.

Wire Deck

Wire Deck

Wire open design offers multiple advantages over solid shelves. It promotes ventilation, prevents dust buildup, and allows light penetration while making cleaning easier. Additionally, it enables efficient sprinkler system operation, ensuring water reaches lower shelves.

Shelving Accessories

Discover a wide range of wire shelving accessories designed to enhance organization and functionality in any space. From shelf liners and dividers to casters and hooks, versatile solutions are available to customize wire shelving units for optimal efficiency.

Racks and Rack Accessories

Build up your storage with our racking solutions designed to keep supplies, bins, inventory, and other materials organized and highly-accessible.

Mobile Shelf Trucks

Take your storage wherever it’s needed. These shelf trucks combine the convenience and shelf space of a standard shelf unit with casters that allow them to be moved on floors like concrete, tile, and hardwood.

Special Purpose Shelving

Explore our specialized shelving solutions designed to fit your unique storage needs. Whether for industrial, medical, or retail settings, we offer a diverse selection to meet your requirements. Choose from various materials, configurations, and accessories for optimal functionality and organization in any environment.

Understanding Warehouse Shelving: Best Practices, Costs, and Materials.

What does shelving mean in warehouse?

Installing and using the proper shelving in a warehouse is an essential part of organized and efficient operations. Factors that should be considered when choosing shelving include: functionality, safety (worker, product, and building), and size.

  • Layout:
  • - Are you leaving enough room for pallet jack trucks or forklifts? - Did you leave room for packing/shipping/receiving desks? - Are there dedicated lanes for pedestrian traffic?
  • Configuration:
  • - Does the shelf configuration promote efficient use? - Can your equipment safely reach the top shelves?
  • Construction:
  • - Do the shelves have the proper weight capacity to handle what you’re putting on them? - What kind of shelf do you need? Open wire or solid deck? - Is the material strong enough to withstand accidents?

    Is it cheaper to make or buy shelves?

    If you are outfitting an entire warehouse, purchasing shelving and racking is the best choice for several reasons.

  • Manufactured shelving has been payload capacity and structurally tested, so they are safe and reliable.
  • Most manufactured shelving systems are extremely adjustable, reconfigurable, & reusable with parts that fit correctly and are interchangeable.
  • Often times, sourcing and purchasing similar raw materials that manufactured shelving uses with which to build your own shelving can be expensive.
  • Once you’ve sourced the materials, you then need to spend time and money to actually build the shelves. This will often be done in-situ, so moving or dismantling the shelving if you remodel or move will be equally time consuming.
  • If you build your own shelving, you are gambling whether it can handle the weight you are putting on the shelf and how safe it is for your people and equipment that will be relying on the shelf to work as needed.
  • What is the best material to use for shelving?

    Heavy-gauge steel with painted or powder coat finishes is the preferred material for warehouse shelving. It is resilient, durable, and can handle heavy loads. The thickness of the steel will vary based on the height, weight capacity, and use, so make sure you properly research the shelving system you need to ensure it can withstand the loads and will work with the equipment you’ll be using.

  • While wood can be used, it isn’t generally recommended because it:
  • - Is flammable - Adversely-affected by moisture (important when installing on concrete) - Generally, has a lower weight-capacity vs steel - Easily damaged if hit by pallet jack trucks or forklifts - Is prone to cracking & splintering under heavy pressure and stress loads

    What are the different types of shelving?

    Generally speaking, there are two primary types of warehouse shelving: Pallet and Cantilever.

  • Pallet racks, as the name suggests, are designed to hold a lot of product stacked on pallets. They are exceptionally strong and durable, and can be adjusted as your business needs change.
  • Cantilever racks are made to handle long items like piping, steel stock, and long board wood. They are not made for boxes, pallets, or skids. They look a little different than standard pallet racks, but they offer the advantage of being easier to load and unload.
  • Shelving

    We offer a wide range of storage and shelving solutions for industrial, commercial, and residential settings. From wire shelving to metal shelving, boltless shelving to plastic shelving, we have everything you need to maximize your storage space and keep your items organized. Choose from a variety of sizes, weight capacities, and configurations to fit your specific needs, with options for both stationary and mobile units. Whether you're looking to organize your garage, stock your warehouse, or streamline your office, Global Industrial's Shelving section has the reliable and durable commercial storage solutions you need.