Pallet Width - How Wide?

When you consider which storage equipment to be used with uprights, we need to go back to the basics.

The function of adjustable Pallet Racking is to store goods on pallets. Therefore, the physical parameters of the pallets width affect the racking used. The weight-carrying capacity of pallet racking is a specific instance of a general principle. The affects of the weight of the load can be traced through all the structural members of the racking down to the floor, and every structural member must be considered as follows:


Pallet Width, How wide?


Pallet Width, How wide?

At this stage we are considering wooden pallets only. Pallets are objects which permit goods to be moved mechanically by fork lift trucks. These goods may be single units or a multiple of items, but normally the load is such that it cannot easily be carried manually, and the use of a fork lift truck effects cost savings.

A pallet must have a deck on which to carry goods, a space into which forks can enter, and a good support on the ground. Because the thickness of forks entering the pallet is of the order of 50mm the gap between the top and the bottom decks is usually 100mm.


Pallet Width, How wide?

When used in conjunction with racking, pallets normally rest on beams (they of course could rest on solid shelving but this would be an expensive way of carrying the load). Consequently the underside of the pallet, which is the interface between pallet and beam, is more important. Pallets are frequently described as two-way or four-way entry, which means that the forks can either enter on two sides or four, as the sketch shows.

Pallet Width, How wide?

The most common beam length used in the UK is 2700mm. This accommodates two 1200mm wide UK pallets stored side by side with a 75mm clearance either side of the pallet.

The Pallets are 1000mm deep and stored on 900mm deep frame allowing 50mm overhang front and back. It is also possible to store the pallets 1200mm deep to allow the rack to be used to store a combination of UK and Euro pallets.

Redirack have their own in-house teams of installers that are very experienced at ensuring your racks are installed both correctly and to SEMA (Storage Equipment Manufacturers Association) guidelines.

Our installers are all SEIRS (Storage Equipment Installers Registration Scheme) registered, from advanced skills through to site management capability. We have our In-house SARI inspectors (Sema Approved Rack Inspectors) which means Redirack offer a complete service from assessing your site needs and inspections through to manufacturing and finally installation of your racks.