What is cantilever racking?
Cantilever racking is a solid structure storage system that is specially designed for the storage of awkwardly shaped, long or bulky materials of any length. These are useful for items that cannot be easily stored on pallets. Cantilever racking allows for longer and heavy items to be stacked horizontally using multiple arms.
Cantilever racking consists of upright columns, a strong base, braces and arms and sometimes decking.
What is pallet racking?
This multi-level storage solution is used in warehouses and storage centres all over the world. Pallet racking is made up of a vertical framework with horizontal storage rows on multiple levels. Pallet racking ensures that vertical spaces are used most efficiently, and forklifts are used to load and unload materials from the racks. Types of pallet racket include:
- Narrow aisle
How often should racking be inspected?
Racking should be inspected at least every 12 months, if not more often, to ensure that the structure remains secure. A qualified health and safety expert should carry out the inspection so that no details are missed and the rack complies with the required safety regulations.
HSG76 is the Health & Safety Executive Guide to warehousing & storage in the UK and along with the Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association (SEMA) guidelines you may need to employ an approved rack inspector to make sure that your racking complies with all rules and regulations.
How much does shelving cost?
You can expect to pay between £5 and £40 for store-bought shelving in the UK. This does not include the cost of labour and installation by a carpenter, which is typically around £25 per hour. The cost of shelves will depend on the material used, what kind of shelves you want, how big they need to be and which city you live in.
Bespoke, customised shelving will cost you over much more and you can choose from wood, glass or MDF materials. It can be cheaper to install shelves yourself, but make sure you have the right tools and safety equipment to do so. Some companies also provide design services for you to customise shelves on your walls or inside a wardrobe.
Where to buy storage units?
You can buy storage units from specialist retailers on Yell.com . Here you will find an extensive directory of storage, racking and shelving retailers across the UK. While these companies sell a wide variety of different storage solutions, many also provide furniture, flooring, stationery, packing and design services. Some companies also buy unwanted furniture and shelves. Contact the individual retailer for more information about what products and services they offer.
A number of these listings also sell metal, wood or glass shelving. Most of the listings in our directory have ratings and reviews from previous customers to help you in your decision-making process. You can also reach out to each retailer through their website, email or phone with any query about their timings and services.