How to choose shelving for your business

With all of the different elements of business you must consider, you might think that shelving would be the easy part. However, establishing your storage needs can be quite a challenge.


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Racking out: is it as simple as it sounds?

Surprisingly for many business owners, racking out a storage space is not as simple as it sounds because there is so much to consider in order to get it right. For example, factors like height, depth and width need to be taken into consideration, not to mention load capacity. If it is your first time setting up a storage area, you may be grateful for some tips of the trade to help you find the best resources and shelving systems for your business.

Where to start

The first thing to do when looking into shelving is to establish what the shelving will be used for. This will help you to determine how much of your warehouse or storage space will actually need

to be racked out, and it will give you an idea of how strong the racking will need to be. Next, be sure to measure your space properly. Take into account height as well as length and width; the best shelving solution for you might be one that makes the best use of the ceiling height.

Also when measuring out your space make sure you take into account windows, doors and radiators. The great thing about radiators now is their different designs including horizontal and vertical column radiators.  With so many different colours and materials to choose from you may find yourself asking What do column radiators look like?.

However, be sure to check the Government’s Health and Safety regulations.


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Next, you should consider planning your layout, thinking about how the space will be used and accessed from day to day. For example, will you simply need space for staff to enter by foot and hand-pick products, or will you need wider corridors to accommodate forklift trucks? Be sure to make your plan as efficient as possible because this is not something you can easily change once fitted. If you don’t feel confident doing all of this yourself, you might consider hiring a specialist.

Those experienced in fitting shelving might be able to offer tips and tricks that you might not have thought about before, like how the placement of doors, windows, heating or ventilation affect your layout. In addition, they might be able to inform you about alternative racking that might better suit your requirements and thus change your plan entirely!