Welcome To Shelving & Racking Limited

Shelving & Racking Limited are the UK's largest buyer, stockists and trade suppliers of new pallet racking, used pallet racking, warehouse racking, storage racking systems, industrial shelving, longspan shelving, steel shelving and warehouse storage equipment such as industrial cupboards, specialist cabinets and lockers.

Shelving & Racking Limited specialise in:

If you want to get in touch to discuss your shelving and racking requirements, you can call us on 0800 612 3210 or use our enquiry form.

Kirkstall Crusaders

We are delighted to announce our sponsorship of the tremendous Kirkstall Crusaders Under 16 Girls team to showcase the new branding for our sister site SpeedRack storage systems and we are proud to announce their first draw of the new season at the weekend and hopefully their first win this coming Saturday!  

Thank you to Pendle Sportswear for their patience and help with the kit and thanks to all the coaches at Kirkstall Crusaders who give their time selflessly, you are building a team of self-confident and skilled girls!

Marathon man-aging director

Congratulations to our amazing Managing Director Ian Clithero who completed his 16th Marathon at the weekend and is one of only 36 participants to have completed all 10 Yorkshire Marathons since they began in 2013! An incredible achievement and well done from all of us at Shelving and Racking!

From The Yorkshire Marathon Interview

Meet Ian Clithero, one of our AMAZING participants who has taken part in every #YorkshireMarathon since 2013!
𝐖𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐫𝐞𝐭𝐮𝐫𝐧 𝐭𝐨 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐧 𝐞𝐚𝐜𝐡 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫?
Great course, great crowds and the opportunity to challenge myself.
𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚 𝐟𝐚𝐯𝐨𝐮𝐫𝐢𝐭𝐞 𝐨𝐫 𝐦𝐨𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐞𝐦𝐨𝐫𝐚𝐛𝐥𝐞 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫, 𝐰𝐡𝐚𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐝𝐞 𝐢𝐭 𝐬𝐨 𝐬𝐩𝐞𝐜𝐢𝐚𝐥?
The first one, 2013. It was my first marathon, all my family were at the finish and it was quite emotional.
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐡𝐚𝐬 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐞𝐯𝐨𝐥𝐯𝐞𝐝 𝐨𝐯𝐞𝐫 𝐭𝐡𝐞 𝟏𝟎 𝐲𝐞𝐚𝐫𝐬?
It got better for a few years but now, through age and a lack of motivation my times are slowing. However, I am now trying to enjoy the experience rather than focussing on time.
𝐃𝐨 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐡𝐚𝐯𝐞 𝐚𝐧𝐲 𝐚𝐝𝐯𝐢𝐜𝐞 𝐟𝐨𝐫 𝐚𝐧𝐲𝐨𝐧𝐞 𝐫𝐮𝐧𝐧𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐭𝐡𝐞𝐢𝐫 𝐟𝐢𝐫𝐬𝐭 𝐦𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐧?
Make sure you’ve done all of the right preparation, take on plenty of fuel and water while running, the last 10km is far more of a mental challenge than a physical challenge, but try to enjoy it. The feeling at the finish is fantastic!
𝐇𝐨𝐰 𝐰𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐲𝐨𝐮 𝐛𝐞 𝐜𝐞𝐥𝐞𝐛𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐟𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐲𝐨𝐮𝐫 𝐭𝐞𝐧𝐭𝐡 𝐘𝐨𝐫𝐤𝐬𝐡𝐢𝐫𝐞 𝐌𝐚𝐫𝐚𝐭𝐡𝐨𝐧?
Eating as much junk food as I can and doing a lot of sitting down.


What is pallet racking?

What is pallet racking?

Warehouses worldwide use adjustable pallet racking (APR) as the standard for storing palletised goods. It is a modular structure assembled using upright frames and horizontal beams. Buy here.

A forklift truck places pallets onto the beams in such a way that they overhang 50mm to the front of the racking and 50mm to the back. This allows a little leeway for placement. If your pallets are 1000mm deep you need 900mm deep frames. If your pallets are 1200mm deep you need 1100mm deep frames.

Call us on 0800 612 3210 for quotes or send us a message on our enquiry form.


Pallet Racking Dimensions

There are several standard sizes for pallet racking frames and beams and bespoke options available for unique and unusual loads.


Storing UK pallets

Standard UK pallets are 1200mm x 1000mm and a forklift picks them up on the 1200mm side and places them 1000mm deep onto 900mm deep pallet racking, allowing for a 50mm overhang to the front and back


Storing Euro Pallets

Standard euro pallets are 800mm x 1200mm and a forklift picks them up on the 800mm side and places them 1200mm deep onto 1100mm deep pallet racking, allowing for a 50mm overhang to the front and back.


How to store UK and Euro Pallets

Storing non standard pallets or loose items

If you use unusual pallet sizes, or a mixture of different pallet sizes or if you are storing non palletised goods. Timber decking or wire mesh decks create a shelf level between the beams.  Your pallets do not need to over hang the beams if you have decking but it is important that the decks are strong enough to take the load.


What beam length should I choose?

This depends on the size and weight of your pallets. A standard beam length is 2700mm clear entry (between the upright frames) and will accommodate 2 UK pallets or 3 Euro pallets and these beams would typically take 2000kg – 3000kg per level.  Longer beams are available as are smaller single pallet beams.


Pallet racking configurations

There are several different ways to configure pallet racking depending on the density of storage required and the fork truck you use.  All the below options use the same racking components but different configurations. Always refer to the technical specifications provided by the forklift manufacturer.


Wide aisle

Aisles of between 2.5m and 4m depending on the style of truck used. A counterbalance truck will need more clearance than a reach truck.


Narrow aisle

Narrow aisles are between 1.8m and 2.3m and can considerably increase available storage area. This configuration requires narrow aisle forklift trucks which also have the advantage of being able to lift pallets higher than counter balance trucks increasing vertical storage.


Very narrow aisle (VNA)

With aisles as small as 1.6m VNA systems are the answer for warehouses where space is at a premium. It is necessary to use very narrow aisle trucks and to fit guide rail or a wire guidance system.


Narrow Aisle Pallet Racking

Back to back

When 2 runs are placed side by side so each run is accessed from a different aisle.  Frame spacers of 200mm or 300mm are used to separate the frames. This allows the required clearance between pallets when the racks are loaded. This is a common layout for wide aisle, narrow aisle and VNA systems.


Double deep

Double deep racking is higher density option where a specialised truck with hydraulic or telescopic forks can reach over the 1st run of racking to place a pallet on the one behind. This option further reduces the number of aisles required.



Double Deep Pallet Racking

Alternative racking systems

Cantilever Racking

Used for storing long items like tubes, pipes and profiles or large sheet materials. Cantilever racking is a modular system with arms that clip or bolt in to upright legs to provide uninterupted horizontal storage.


Drive in Racking


A modular structure creating a high density ‘block’ of racking.  No aisles are required as the truck drives through the lane to place pallets on the rails.  Drive in racking is often placed against a wall and accessed from just one side meaning pallets are stored  ‘Last in first out’ (LIFO)


Drive In Pallet Racking

Drive though Racking

The same as drive in racking but accessible from both sides so pallets can be stored ‘First in First out’ (FIFO) as a result you achieve improved stock rotation and eliminate difficult to access pallets.


Push back racking

A dynamic system where the forklift places pallets onto the top of several nested carts. The cart holds the pallet and is pushed back when the next pallet is loaded into the same lane. Multiple pallets can be stored on each lane and due to the incline of the rails pallets are automatically presented to the front of the aisle for easy collection.


Push Back Pallet Racking

Pallet Live

‘Pallet live’ or Gravity Flow racking’ uses inclined lanes and rollers so loaded pallets travel down the lanes to the picking location. It is a FIFO process (first in first out) and ideal for high volumes of time sensitive or perishable goods.

Pallet Live

Mobile Pallet Racking

An extremely high density option where the warehouse operative controls movable beds with runs of pallet racking mounted on them.  The closely packed racking moves to create aisles where required, maximising floorspace. 



Mobile Pallet Racking
mezzanine Floor

What is a mezzanine floor?

A mezzanine floor is an intermediate level (or levels) between the main floors or between the floor and ceiling of a building. It is designed to increase the floor space you have available by utilising the vertical height of your warehouse.

At its simplest, a Mezzanine floor is a free standing storage platform. Comprising chipboard floor decking, on steel supports, with staircase, handrail and kick board. At at the other end of the scale a mezzanine is many tiers high and supports pallet racking, storage space, office space and even factory machinery.

Mezzanines are used in many settings and industries wherever more floor space is required and the height of the building allows it. Often they are used in warehouses and industrial units to create additional storage space and fitted with pallet racking or hand loaded shelving.  Pallet gates can be installed so pallets can be loaded directly onto the mezzanine.  

When planning a mezzanine, we consider staircase locations and weight loadings. We will advise on local authority regulations and health and safety requirements such as fire safety and travel distance to exits.

Get in touch with us on 0800 612 3210, send us your contact details or fill in the quote request form on our mezzanine floor page







Used Dexion Racking available now

Used Dexion racking available now

We always have quality used Dexion racking for sale at the very best prices. Whether you need a few beam locks, a replacement upright, a couple of bays of used pallet racking to fill a gap in your storeroom or a full warehouse of pallet storage, we can find the right product for you.

Dexion pallet racking comes in a wide variety of sizes, so if you are adding to your existing warehouse racking, it is important to make sure that you get compatible materials. Unlike many other racking systems, you will still find a lot of Dexion in imperial sizes, so beams at 1372mm (4ft 6in), 2667mm (8ft 9in) and 3048mm (10ft), as well as standard metric sizes, are often found on the used market. The measurement used to describe a beam’s size is the clear entry- the space between the upright frames when beams are in place, so please check carefully before placing an order.

Upright frames may also differ from standard 900mm and 1100mm depths, with 914mm (3ft) and 1067mm (3ft 6in) often used for Dexion frames, so again please confirm the required size. We can cut or splice frames to almost any size, so please let us know the exact height you need and we will quote accordingly.

Dexion of often used as a generic term for pallet racking, when in fact there are many different manufacturers available and almost none of them are compatible with each other. Therefore it is important that we know what racking system you have if you are looking to add to it. You can see many of the leading industrial racking makes on our identify my racking page, or send us photos of what you have and we will be able to let you know the manufacturer. Link 51, Apex, Stow and PSS are all very common makes, but we can usually find whatever type of warehouse racking you need.

Call us now on 0800 612 3210 and we will be happy to help you find the pallet racking you need. Alternatively, you can send us an enquiry form, which we will reply to quickly, or use the Live Chat option during office hours.

We have deliveries going to all parts of the UK mainland every week, with space still available on wagons going to Huddersfield, Norwich, Scarborough and Redditch. 

Cantilever racking system

Cantilever racking system

A cantilever racking system is a versatile, robust and cost effective way to store long products or non-standard pallet sizes. It is a great way to maximise your warehouse storage capacity, making use of the available height and allowing you to store items of varying sizes in the same area.

We can supply you with a bespoke cantilever racking system that will suit your individual requirements. The uprights can be single or double sided and up to 10 metres high. The bracing which joins the uprights together can be tailored to the exact distance required for the length of the items that you will be storing. Horizontal load supporting arms are then added to the uprights, on which you will place your products. These can be up to 2500mm in length and will be designed to take the required load capacity. The height of the arms can be adjusted according to the height required for each storage level.

This type of warehouse storage equipment is particularly useful for the following products:

  • Pipes, tubes and bars
  • Timber
  • Sheet materials
  • Laminates and worktops
  • Extrusions
  • Lintels
  • Goods stored on non-standard pallets

Our cantilever racking can be galvanised for outdoor use and canopies or cladding can be added to help protect your stock from the weather. 

If you have large products to store and pallet racking doesn’t suit the dimensions, we can help you to create a warehouse racking system which will enable you to make the most of the space you have available. We have recently supplied cantilever racking to customers in Hull, Basingstoke, Coventry and Bradford, so wherever you are in the UK we can find the right industrial racking solution for your business.

Call us now on 0800 612 3210 if you are looking for a cantilever racking system or you think it might help with your warehouse storage and you need some guidance on the options available. Alternatively you can send us a message on the enquiry form and we will reply to you quickly.

warehouse storage system

Warehouse storage system- can I add to what I have?

Adding to your warehouse storage system can appear to be a complicated task if it’s something you haven’t looked into before, but we have years of experience and are always happy to help you to find the right pallet racking components for your needs. There are many different manufacturers of industrial racking and none of them are compatible with each other, so it important that you know what you have before you can think about adding to it.

You can see images of the most popular warehouse racking systems on our Identify My Racking page, or you can send us a photo of your racking and we will let you know what you have. Dexion, Link 51, PSS and Apex are some of the leading industrial racking manufacturers but there are many others that we have in stock.

We can also help you with the layout, dimensions and load capacities of your racking, our friendly and helpful team can work from your plans or arrange a site visit if required. Accessories such as column guards, rack end barriers, pallet support bars and load notices are all important components of your warehouse storage system and we can advise you on what you might need to complete you installation.

If you are looking for hand loaded storage, we have huge stocks of longspan shelving in a wide variety of sizes, so we can also help you to plan a layout that best suits your specific requirements.

We have deliveries leaving our warehouse every day, so whether you are in Rotherham, Blackburn, Norwich or Southampton we will get your used warehouse racking order to you quickly and in great condition.

Call us now on 0800 612 3210 to discuss your racking needs, or send us an enquiry form and we will reply to you quickly.

warehouse racking system

Warehouse racking system – what else do I need?

If you are looking to buy a warehouse racking system, you would start by working out how many upright frames and horizontal beams you need, and what size they need to be. But once you have a layout planned, you can broaden your search to other components that will ensure that your industrial racking is safe, secure and fit for purpose.

All of our pallet racking beams are supplied with 2 beam locks as standard, because they are important in helping to prevent the beams from being accidentally dislodged by your forklift. If you have beams without locking pins, we can supply as many as you need for all leading manufacturers.

Forklift trucks can also cause expensive and potentially dangerous damage to your racking uprights, so it is important to protect them. Column guards and rack end barriers are a relatively inexpensive way to avoid damage and are easy to install. All of our barriers and guards are supplied with fixing bolts.

If your pallets need extra support, or you want to use your warehouse racking system for hand loaded storage, we have large stocks of timber and wire mesh decking in stock to suit standard pallet racking sizes. Pallet support bars can also be used to help prevent your pallets from sagging.

All of our pallet racking accessories are compatible with leading manufacturers such as Dexion, Apex, PSS, Link 51 etc. If you aren’t sure what you need, or would like to discuss your options, our friendly and experienced team are here to help you. Click on the live chat option during office hours for instant answers, or give us a call on 0800 612 3210. Alternatively, you can send us an enquiry form and we will respond to you quickly.

Our deliveries cover the whole of the UK mainland, so whether you are in Blackpool, York, Bath or Maidstone, we can get you what you need, quickly and at a great price.

buy used industrial racking

We buy used industrial racking

We are always looking to buy used industrial racking in medium to large parcels and in very good condition. Leading manufacturers such as Dexion, PSS, Apex and Link 51 are particularly of interest, but we will consider all other makes (Hilo, Esmena, Stow, Mecalux etc.) if the quantity and quality is right. We also want to hear about heavy duty shelving, such as longspan, and large amounts of bolted shelving if it is in great condition.

If you have warehouse racking that you no longer need or use, please give us a call with as many details as you have, such as the sizes and quantities of upright frames and horizontal beams, whereabouts in the UK it is and whether or not you would need us to take it down and/or transport it. We may also take any pallet support bars, timber or wire mesh decking, column guards or rack end barriers as part of the deal.

Whether you are in Wakefield, Southport, Croydon or Hereford, call us now on 0800 612 3210, or use the enquiry form to send us a message and we will get back to you quickly. Almost every week we buy used industrial racking and yours could be our next purchase.