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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.

Successful Pallet Racking and Decking Project in South of England


We had the pleasure to work with a customer on a large project to supply pallet racking and a custom decking solution. This customer needed a bespoke system that would work for their unique business needs, and having worked with us previously asked us to work collaboratively with them to produce a unique timber decked solution.

Working with the customer was an absolute pleasure from start to finish. Our team was involved in the design and implementation of the storage solution. We took the time to understand the customers specific needs and tailored the solution to optimise their storage space efficiently. The project was a success and the results exceeded ours and our customer’s expectations.

We look forward to working with them again the future. 

How did we meet your expectations?

Shelving & Racking worked tirelessly with us to finite the details of our requirements on this two stage project, to store for a private enterprise client. The result was excellent and rewarding, that collaboration is vital between customer and client

Was there a particular feature or aspect that you found most beneficial?

Attention to detail in getting the order correct, both with racking and close board decking inlays through their timber merchants.

How would you describe your overall experience with us?

Excellent experience with Shelving & Racking, we would definitely use them again for future projects.

Would you recommend us to others? If so, why?

As a customer, we are looking for quality and affordability. With Shelving & Racking we had both – a rare exception!

We are happy to assist with any custom or bespoke requests you may have. If you have a project that you would like to discuss, please do not hesitate to contact our Sales Team on 0800 612 3210 or email us at sales@racking.ltd.

Reduce Carbon Footprint

Go Green This New Year with Used Pallet Racking


Embrace sustainability in the new year with used pallet racking for a greener warehouse. Opting for used pallet racking is a practical and eco-friendly decision to lower your carbon footprint. This new year, why not go green with our excellent quality used pallet racking, all checked to SEMA specifications. It is not only a responsible choice for the environment but can also save you a considerable amount of money. Let’s explore how opting for used pallet racking can benefit both your business and the environment.

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Used pallet racking embodies the essence of the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle. By choosing used pallet racking systems, you reduce wasted materials and give them a second life. This reduces the demand for new resources and minimises the environmental impact that comes with manufacturing new products.

Budget-Friendly

Opting for used pallet racking is not only environmentally responsible but also cost-effective. Our used pallet racking systems are cheaper than new ones, they are also quicker and therefore less expensive to install as the frames are sent out to you pre-assembled.  This means you can embrace sustainability without breaking the bank, a win-win situation for your business and the environment. We can provide pallet racking solutions for all budgets.

Local Sourcing and Reduced Emissions

A lot of new pallet racking is imported into the UK and this long-distance transportation is a significant source of carbon emissions. All our used pallet racking is bought in the UK as locally as possible and reused in the UK. By using UK suppliers and reusing existing materials, you’re contributing to a smaller carbon footprint. 

Durability and Quality

Our used pallet racking systems are robust and reliable. These systems are built to last and all of our stock undergoes rigorous quality checks before resale. By choosing Shelving and Racking, you can ensure that the racking meets industry standards and provides long-lasting performance, reducing the need for frequent replacements and further contributing to sustainability.

Customisation and Efficiency

Pallet racking comes in standard sizes so used racking can be designed to optimise storage space just as well as new, leading to an efficient use of your warehouse, which further reduces the energy and resources used. The circular economy is all about creating a sustainable, closed-loop system. By choosing used pallet racking, you are actively participating, where materials and products are kept in circulation, preventing waste and the depletion of resources.

Choosing used pallet racking for your business needs is a pro-active way to reduce your carbon footprint, promote sustainability, and enhance your environmental responsibility. It is the smart choice for both your business and the planet.  Our about us page gives further details of our commitment to sustainability.

We can supply used pallet racking for all project sizes and we are just a call or email away. Contact us on 0800 612 3210 or by email at sales@racking.ltd.

Used Pallet Racking

Causes of Unsafe Pallet Racking


As we start a new year, is maintaining your pallet racking on your to-do list? It is essential to understand the factors that can lead to unsafe conditions and take preventative measures. This blog examines reasons for pallet racking issues and provides strategies for maintaining a safe warehouse environment. Let’s explore some of the leading causes of unsafe pallet racking and see if we can help you to prevent any of this happening in your warehouse.

Why Pallet Racking Become Unsafe?

Efficient warehouse management relies on secure pallet racking systems for storing substantial quantities of goods. However, without proper maintenance, these systems can pose common hazards. Here are some of the leading causes of unsafe pallet racking:

Insufficient training:

Inadequately trained employees are more prone to causing accidents when working with or around pallet racking. Ensure your staff receives thorough training before engaging with these systems. 

Lack of maintenance:

Regular inspection and maintenance are vital for preventing damage to warehouse racking solutions. Consistently check for signs of wear and tear, creating a repair list to address any issues promptly.

Overloading:

Exceeding the loading capacities of pallet racking beams is dangerous and can cause damage to your racking and your stock and cause injury or death in the event of a collapse.  Implement load notices to guide staff in distributing loads across beams within the specified capacity.

Damaged or missing locking pins:

Locking pins (beam locks) play a crucial role in keeping pallet racking safe by preventing beams being accidentally dislodged . Damaged or missing locking pins can compromise the safety of the racking. Make sure that all locking pins are present and correctly fitted. contact us if you need to buy replacements.

Worn out parts:

Continuous use can lead to wear and tear in moving parts of some mobile racking systems, increasing the risk of collapse or failure. Regular safety inspections are essential to identify and address potential issues, including rust and corrosion.

Incorrect Use:

Using pallet racking for purposes other than supporting evenly distributed loads can lead to hazardous situations. Ensure proper weight distribution and adherence to load capacities to prevent accidents and always refer back to your supplier if you are changing the layout of your racking including adding, removing or altering beam levels. 

Improper installation:

Inadequately installed pallet racking poses a significant danger. Hiring a professional for proper installation is vital for ensuring the stability and safety of your racks, especially when fully loaded.

Understanding these potential risks and taking proactive measures is crucial for maintaining a secure warehouse environment. Prioritise the safety of your employees by addressing these common leading causes of unsafe pallet racking.

Prevention:

Book annual rack inspections using a qualified SARI inspector get in touch here 

Ensure you have installed column guards and barriers to prevent damage from fork trucks and other handling equipment

Ensure you have the correct signage in your warehouse.

SEMA provide a Rack Safety Awareness Course for the routine, regular inspection of your own company’s racking.

If any of the above are on your list and you require any pallet racking components please contact us on 0800 612 3210 to discuss your requirements. Alternatively, or you can contact us by email sales@racking.ltd.

How to Measure & Identify Your Pallet Racking


If you are adding to an existing pallet racking system, it is essential that you know exactly what you have so we can match it correctly and ensure that the racking you order matches your existing system. There are a huge number of different pallet racking manufacturers on the market and the separate components come in a wide range of weight capacities and sizes.   Call us on 0800 6123210 and speak to one of our sales team or send us an email with details of what you need.

So what is the best way to identify and measure your pallet racking?

Understanding the Basics

Before diving into measurements, it’s crucial to identify the pallet racking system that you have. There are many manufacturers and we stock a wide range from Dexion, Apex, Link 51, Redirack, Hilo and Stow to name a few. None of these systems are compatible with each other so it is important to make sure that you correctly identify your racking. On our website we have a useful Identify My Racking page to help you if you are unsure of the system you have. If you cannot identify your racking you can send us an email to sales@racking.ltd with an image and we will be happy to assist you further.

Measuring 

Beam Width (Bay Width):

    • Measure from the inside of one upright to the inside of the opposite pallet racking upright. This measurement is often called the ‘clear entry’ or ‘bay width’ – Measurement A on the diagram below.
    • The choice of bay width often depends on the size of your pallets. Typical sizes are 2700mm and 3300mm, but can be customised to your businesses needs.
    • Understanding the total load per pair of beams, known as the Safe Working Load (SWL) or Uniformly Distributed Load (UDL). For instance, if two pallets on a single beam level weigh up to 1000kgs each, your SWL/UDL will need to be 2000kgs.

Frame Height and Depth:

    • Measure the full frame height from the top of the frame to the bottom.
    • Measure the full frame depth from the outside of the front upright post to the outside of the rear upright post.
    • We will determine the correct frame duty based on factors such as the load on the beams, the number of beam levels, and the height of the first beam level.

Contact us on 0800 612 3210 to discuss your storage needs or to get advice on measuring and identifying racking components. Alternatively, or you can contact us by email sales@racking.ltd.

A Guide To Pallet Rack Decking


Pallet racking systems keep warehouses organised, and they become even better with pallet racking decking. Pallet rack decking boosts storage capacity and ensures stability and safety for different items. In this guide, we’ll cover various decking types, their benefits, and how to choose the right one for your needs.

Understanding Pallet Racking Decking

Pallet racking decking serves as an added platform or shelf that slots into your pallet racking system’s beams. This additional level expands your storage options, enabling the safe storage of items that aren’t suitable for directly placing on pallets. This increases the versatility of your racking system, making it capable of accommodating a wider range of goods. There are various types of decking, each designed to accommodate different types of goods and provide specific advantages.

Types of Pallet Racking Decking

Chipboard Decking: chipboard decking provides a solid and even surface for storing goods. This decking type is well-suited for storing non-palletised items, cartons, and individual products. It’s cost-effective and easy to install but may not be suitable for very heavy loads or very deep bays as it can tend to sag over time if not supported properly.

Timber Decking: our timber decking is available in open or closed boarded designs, and is made from wooden boards. It fits neatly onto the horizontal beams of a pallet racking system, providing a strong, level surface for storing goods. Timber decking is a versatile and cost-effective option, and is available in various thicknesses.  It is a great option for storing heavy items.

Wire Mesh Decking: wire mesh decking is a popular choice for pallet racking systems. It consists of a grid of wire panels that provide excellent support and visibility. This type of decking is ideal for fire safety compliance, as it allows water to pass through in the event of a fire. It’s also suitable for storing pallets, cartons, and various other items. Extremely suitable if your warehouse deals with food or pharmaceutical products because of its hygiene benefits.

Solid Steel Decking: is commonly used for long span shelving but we can have manufactured panels for pallet racking too.  It is hard-wearing and easy to clean down making it suitable for storing medical and food grade items.

Benefits of Pallet Racking Decking

  • Enhanced Storage: decking provides additional storage space for non-palletised items, maximising your racking system’s capacity.
  • Improved Safety: decking creates a stable and even surface for storing items, reducing the risk of products falling or becoming damaged.
  • Versatility: different types of decking cater to various storage needs, allowing you to store a wide range of items.
  • Fire Compliance: wire mesh decking allows water to pass through in case of a fire, meeting fire safety regulations.

Choosing the Right Decking

To select the right pallet racking decking for your needs, consider the types of items you’ll be storing, your storage environment, and any safety and compliance requirements. If you’re unsure, contact our Sales Team today and we can help you choose the most suitable decking for your warehouse needs.

Why Do You Need Longspan Shelving?


What is Longspan Shelving?

Longspan Shelving is the perfect solution for the storage of small to medium-sized non-palletised products, making it ideal for organising and accessing hand-picked items. It works in the same way as pallet racking and looks very similar with frames and beams, the only significant difference is the chipboard shelving that sits between the beams.

Our AR QuickSpan shelving is extremely versatile and comes in a variety of sizes. We offer frame heights from 2000mm to 5000mm with a wide range of bays and shelf depths. Beams range from 950mm to 2700mm and can accommodate heavy loading capacities.

Our longspan shelving can be customised to meet your business needs by choosing from a selection of shelving options. You can choose from chipboard, mesh, or steel decking individually or a combination to meet your specific business requirements.

This shelving is versatile and comes with a variety of accessories to suit any businesses storage needs: such as dividers, garment hanging rails and much more.

What to Store in Longspan Shelving?

Longspan shelving provides an ideal storage solution for items that pallet racking cannot accommodate. Irregularly shaped, bulky, or fragile items may be challenging to transport using forklifts. Long pipes, batteries, tyres, and office supplies are just a few examples of items that you can store on longspan shelving.

What Are the Advantages of Longspan Shelving?

In addition to the benefits that have already been outlined, our AR QuickSpan shelving provides several advantages, including:

  • Quick and easy to assemble and to replace/add components
  • Versatility, providing immediate access to all unit loads
  • Efficient utilisation of available space
  • Customised designs that cater to your specific storage needs
  • Strong and robust
  • High load capacities
  • Easy adjustment of beam levels, every 50mm
  • Fast delivery lead times (3-5 working days)
Used Pallet Racking

Understanding Anti-Collapse Mesh: Is It Right for Your Space?


Safety is crucial in any workplace, and warehouses are no exception. Warehouse accidents caused by falling objects make up a large percentage of yearly workplace injuries. According to the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), 11% of workers overall reported this kind of injury. 

Our anti-collapse mesh plays an important safety role in warehouses by preventing pallets or loose items from being pushed through the racks . Gaining a better understanding of anti-collapse mesh will allow you to decide if it is right for your space.

Key Benefits of Anti-Collapse Mesh

  • Safety First: Our anti-collapse mesh is all about making the workspace safer. It stops pallets and loose goods from falling and causing accidents.

  • Preventing Accidents: Warehouses are busy places where item can easily get knocked over or misplaced. Our anti-collapse mesh reduces the chances of accidents and keeps the workspace safer.

  • Protecting Goods: It’s not just about people; anti-collapse mesh also looks out for your products. It can prevent goods from falling and getting damaged.

  • Easy to Add: Installing our anti-collapse mesh is simple, we can provide a quick quote to supply and install, with minimal disruption to your business. We stock a full range of brackets and connectors so we can fix to all manufacturers pallet racking or shelving systems.

  • Customisable: You can get anti-collapse mesh that fits your storage racks perfectly, no matter the size or shape.

Do You Need Anti-Collapse Mesh?

Understanding anti-collapse mesh and if it right for your space will depend on a few things:

  • Warehouse Activity: Think about what you do in your warehouse. If you are storing on pallet racking or high shelving systems there is always a risk of falls. Our anti-collapse mesh creates a strong physical barrier to prevent items falling and being pushed through.

  • Keeping People Safe: If your employees work close to the storage racks, installing anti-collapse mesh where pallet racking backs onto pedestrian walkways is essential.

Pallet racking anti-collapse mesh is a valuable safety feature in any warehouse environment. By preventing items from falling off the racking and causing accidents, it protects both employees and goods. The ease of installation and customisation options make it a practical solution for enhancing workplace safety.

If you’re looking to create a safer and more secure working environment in your warehouse consider anti-collapse mesh alongside other warehouse safety products such as column guards and rack end barriers integrated into a comprehensive health and safety program.  Speak to a member of our sales team today to discuss your requirements.

Some further government guidance on warehouse safety can be found here 

Used Pallet Racking Offer- 5 bays of Link 51

Available Now Used Link 51 Pallet Racking


We currently have huge amounts of top-quality used Link 51 pallet racking, a  popular British made system. We have large quantities of all common sizes, ready for quick dispatch.

Our upright frames are up to 10,000mm and can be braced to meet your specific requirements, whether 900mm or 1100mm deep, or custom sizes if required. All our used frames come pre-assembled and include footplates.

Our selection of beams includes standard sizes of 2700mm x 2t and 2250mm x 2t. Should you require different dimensions, we’re here to accommodate your needs. We supply all our used beams with standard beam locks.

In addition to racking components, we offer a comprehensive range of accessories to complement your industrial racking system. We have wire mesh decking suitable for various racking setups, as well as column guards, pallet support bars, and rack end barriers.

If you need racking other than Link 51, we also have in stock  Dexion, Hilo, Apex, and PSS, and many others. If you’re unsure about the specifics of your current storage system, our knowledgeable team can help you identify it, ensuring that we provide fully compatible components.

For enquiries, quotes, or to explore your options, reach out to us now at 0800 612 3210 or send us an enquiry. We’re here to provide you with competitive pricing for used pallet racking and to discuss how we can optimise your storage needs.

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!