Pallet Racking FAQs

We are one of the UK’s leading suppliers of pallet racking solutions for warehouses and all industrial storage applications. Our experts can help you choose the right type of warehouse pallet racking for your specific needs, whether you’re looking for a heavy-duty pallet racking system, or even narrow aisle racking to make the best use of the space available.

If you’re looking into the possibility of installing pallet racking in your warehouse, you may have a few questions or queries. We’ve created a list of FAQs surrounding pallet racking to help you understand more about it and how having pallet racking installed can help your storage facility. If you can’t find the answer you’re looking for, our team of experts are ready to help.

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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.


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
Narrow aisle pallet racking
Drive-in pallet racking
Pallet live racking
Mobile pallet racking


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.


Will my pallet racking need to be inspected?

Yes, your pallet racking will need to be inspected. To comply with regulations, it is important for your pallet racking to be inspected by a SEMA trained expert. At Oakway, we are fully equipped to provide end to end storage solutions, including planning, installation and ongoing safety inspections.


How is pallet racking installed?

The installation of pallet racking is a two-stage process. The first stage of the installation process involves the preparation and analysis of existing infrastructure. The second stage starts with the construction of the frames. The frames are erected from upright beams, braces, and base plates. Once erected, the frame is then secured to the floor using the baseplates and fixings. Next up are the actual racking beams (the horizontal bars). These racking beams are slotted into place, and then fastened to the uprights in different ways depending on the type of racking you opted for as well as its load-bearing tolerances.


Can Oakway Storage design and fit pallet racking?

We support growing logistics, eCommerce fulfilment and wholesale businesses with end-to-end warehouse development project management and installation. Providing industrial shelving systems, pallet racking, warehouse mezzanine floors and everything in between to any scale. With our headquarters in Leeds and depots across the UK, we are able to serve the entire country with their pallet racking needs.

How to secure pallet racking to the floor

There are two main ways to secure pallet racking to the floor: by bolting the racks down, or by using concrete anchors. Bolting is the more permanent of the two options, and it usually involves drilling into the floor and then screwing in eye bolts or attaching brackets. This option is best as it creates a very secure connection.

If you rent your space and are unable to drill into the floor, concrete anchors offer a solid alternative. These devices use tension to grip the underside of the floor, creating a very sturdy connection. The only downside is that they can be difficult to remove if you ever need to take the racks apart. Whichever method you choose, make sure that you follow all of our engineers’ instructions carefully before fully loading the racks.

How to disassemble pallet racking

Pallet racking is a great way to organise your warehouse or storage space. However, when it comes time to move or reconfigure your racks, it’s important to know how to properly disassemble them. Otherwise, you risk damaging the racks or injuring yourself. The first step is to remove all the pallets from the racks. Once the pallets are clear, you can begin taking apart the racks themselves. Start by disconnecting the cross beams from the uprights. Then, remove the horizontal braces that connect the uprights. Finally, take out the floor anchors and any other hardware that was used to secure the racks in place. With all the pieces removed, you can now safely disassemble your pallet racking.

Does pallet racking need to be certified?

There is no single answer to this question as it depends on a number of factors, including the type of business, the products being stored, and the regulations in place. In general, however, pallet racking does need to be certified in order to ensure that it meets safety standards. Certification typically involves testing by an independent body to ensure that the rack meets certain strength and stability requirements. This is important, as even a small failure can lead to a large collapse, which could cause serious injury or even death. As such, businesses should always consult with experts to determine whether their pallet racking needs to be certified.

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