There are many different types of industrial shelving that are commonly used in warehouses. The choice of shelving depends on factors such as the type of goods stored, storage requirements, available space, and operational needs.


There are many different types of industrial shelving that are commonly used in warehouses. The choice of shelving depends on factors such as the type of goods stored, storage requirements, available space, and operational needs.

Shelving Types

Steel Shelving

Steel shelving is a durable and heavy-duty solution for warehouses and part departments with high density storage requirements. Steel shelving is available in various configurations. It can be multi-level, including modular drawers, subdivided shelves, or compartmentalized shelves, in a full range of weight capacities.

Mobile Shelving

Mobile shelving, also known as compact shelving or high-density shelving, maximizes storage capacity by eliminating wasted aisle space. The shelving units are mounted on carriages that move laterally, allowing access to a single aisle at a time. Mobile shelving is beneficial in warehouses where space is limited, and compact storage is required.

Catwalk Shelving/Pick Module

Catwalk shelving, also known as pick modules, is designed to allow your shelving to support multiple levels of storage including elevated aisleways and deck-overs.

Deck-Over Shelving

Deck-over shelving is designed to maximize vertical space by utilizing shelving to support a raised decking surface above it. The deck level can be used for additional storage, office space, a break room, etc.

Bulk Rack Shelving

Designed for hand stacking, bulk rack shelving is similar in design to pallet rack which offers ease of assembly and high capacity. Easily increase storage space with add-on units when needed. This highly versatile, industrial shelving is available in three shelf decking styles:

  • Wire Mesh
  • Particle Board
  • Corrugated Steel Decking

Automotive Shelving

Automotive shelving is designed with automotive parts storage in mind, including fast moving parts, battery storage, bulky bins, hanging parts, bumper racks, warranty parts and special-order parts.

Gravity Flow Shelving

Gravity flow shelving, also known as carton flow or gravity rack, utilizes inclined shelves with roller tracks. It allows items to flow from the back of the rack to the front through the force of gravity, ensuring automatic stock rotation and facilitating order picking. Gravity flow shelving is commonly used in order fulfillment and distribution centers.

Wire Shelving

Wire shelving is constructed from wire mesh or grid panels supported by metal posts. It offers excellent visibility, air circulation, and light penetration, making it ideal for storing items that require ventilation or visibility. Wire shelving is commonly used in food storage, retail environments, and areas where cleanliness and hygiene are important.

Boltless/Rivet Shelving

Boltless shelving, also known as rivet shelving or rivet rack, is a versatile and cost-effective solution. It consists of upright posts and horizontal beams that are easily assembled without the need for nuts, bolts, or tools. Boltless shelving is adjustable, allowing for customization to accommodate different sizes and weights of items.

Shelving Applications

  • Small parts storage
  • Automotive parts storage
  • E-commerce picking
  • High density storage
  • Handpicked inventory storage
  • Record archive storage
  • Backroom storage
  • Retail storage
  • Assembly line picking
  • Boxed inventory storage
  • Sub-assembly staging
  • Archival storage
  • Museum artifact storage
  • Ready bag storage

Industries That Utilize Shelving





Automotive Manufacturing


Injection Molding



Dealership Parts Rooms


Fulfillment Centers

Shelving Features

  • Uprights: Open, closed or wire uprights in depths from 12 inches to 48 inches and unlimited heights. Designed for hand-picked inventory.
  • Shelf: The surface on which goods are stored, which can be made of materials such as solid steel, wire, or wood.
  • Customization options: Shelving systems can be customized to fit the unique needs of a facility, including high density drawers, pullout trays, mobile aisle, multi-level, high rise, catwalk, and deck-over. 

Shelving Benefits 

Maximizing space utilization

Shelving allows businesses to maximize the available cubic space for hand loaded inventory.

Improved inventory management

By organizing products into clearly labeled and accessible locations, shelving helps businesses manage their inventory more efficiently, reducing the risk of stock shortages or overstocking.

Increased productivity

Shelving can improve workflow efficiency by allowing workers to quickly locate and retrieve products, reducing the time and effort required to move goods.

Shelving Racking FAQs

Should my inventory be stored on shelving or pallet rack?

Shelving is best for individually picked items and maximizing cubic space. Shelving offers better space utilization for varied height inventory, unlike pallet rack. Additionally, the shelf thickness is much thinner than pallet racking, better utilizing vertical space.

Can shelving hold heavier items? (Motors, pumps, etc.)

Yes, shelving and bulk rack can be reinforced to support weights up to 3,000 pounds per level.

Can I secure items in shelving?

Yes, most shelving can have doors added to it, swing or slide, to secure high value inventory.

How tall can shelving be?

Standard shelving is 6-7 feet tall, but systems can be designed to heights up to 40 feet.

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