What is Pallet Racking? 2022 Definition & Guide

Pallet racking can come in a range of sizes and capabilities, depending on the needs of your warehouse. They are designed to withstand large amounts of products and goods, so you can be sure that your warehouse is maximising its storage space in a safe manner.

We’ve created the ultimate guide for warehouse pallet racking including; how many types of pallet racking there are, what the purpose of pallet racking is, as well as further information on how it can benefit a warehouse.

What is pallet racking?

Pallet racking, also known as warehouse racking is a storage system designed to keep pallets in rows throughout multiple levels. Forklift trucks are usually required to place the loaded pallets onto the racks for storage, but pallet racking can dramatically increase the amount of storage space available in your warehouse – an efficient way of storing goods.

Below is what a typical pallet racking system looks like.

Pallet Racking

How many types of pallet racking are there?

There are a variety of pallet racking systems to choose from depending on your requirements. At Oakway Storage we provide 5 different types of pallet racking that are suitable for a range of warehouses in the UK.

Maxstor pallet racking

Compatible with all types of pallets from wooden Euro pallets to heavy-duty steel mesh stillages, Maxstor pallet racking provides the answer. This type of pallet racking is suitable for warehouses, stores, production facilities and workshops.

Narrow aisle pallet racking

Narrow aisle pallet racking offers the same flexibility found in wide aisle racking but increases storage capacity by reducing aisle width and storing pallets to a greater height. This type of pallet racking is suitable for offices, warehouses, stores, workshops and schools.

Drive-in pallet racking

Drive-in pallet racking allows high-density storage for installations, with pallet retrieval from one side only except with drive-through applications. This type of pallet racking is suitable for warehouses, cold and chill storage, workshops and production facilities.

Pallet live racking

Pallet live racking systems offer high density compact storage for palletised goods and works on the first-in-first-out (FIFO) method to ensure failsafe stock rotation. This benefits greatly on industries supplying consumable goods such as food and drink.

Mobile pallet racking

For storage facilities that require a high density of pallet storage combined with individual access to every pallet, mobile pallet racking is the answer. This type of pallet racking is suitable for offices, warehouses, stores, workshops and schools.

Pallet Racking Solutions

Why do I need pallet racking?

Some warehouse owners may be reluctant to expand their warehouse storage capabilities due to the increase in expenditure, but when you have an efficient system in place, you’ll soon see a positive return on your investment. Not only are our pallet racking systems durable and cost-effective, but they also dramatically increase the storage capacity of your warehouse.

Warehouse owners should also note, that their pallet racking systems may need to be regularly inspected by SEMA approved inspectors.

  • Extremely versatile
  • Robust and hard-wearing
  • Increase storage space
  • Cost-effective solution


If you’re struggling to grasp what pallet racking is, then this guide should help you understand the fundamentals of the different types available and how they can help you in 2022. The bottom line is that no matter what size or type of warehouse you operate, you should have a pallet racking system in place.

Oakway Storage has a plethora of experience helping businesses install high-quality pallet racking systems for their warehouse. To discuss your pallet racking issues, contact us to speak to one of our warehouse optimisation experts.

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