New Warehouse? Need Shelving & Racking? Here’s your 4 Point Plan

Moving to a new business premises? Looking to incorporate new warehouse facilities? You may be starting from scratch with new racking or looking at a warehouse redesign. You have a blank canvas so let’s keep it simple – planning your new warehouse storage should be easy.

Due to the importance of planning new warehouse shelving properly and the potential for costly mistakes we have made you this 4-point plan to get your space working for you, not the other way round!

To ensure the design is as effective as possible storage facilities should be designed from the inside out, this ensures that the racking and shelving design is laid out so that the distance each item has to travel is minimal. When warehouse shelving is properly planned it is possible to make significant improvements in productivity and functionality of space, increase the speed of loading and unloading in bays and increase the output by designing the space you have in a more effective and efficient layout.

First, Purchasing your Shelving for Warehouses and Storerooms

In order to create a great warehouse, you will need to purchase the correct warehouse shelving or racking for your application. The strength you require, height, weight and number of shelves you require will influence the price, costs can vary substantially depending on these factors. If you choose to buy heavy duty shelving it will provide you with the maximum versatility if your storage needs should change, although you have to consider that purchasing the most robust shelving units will require a higher initial spend.

The more accurately you can estimate you current and future storage requirements, the easier and more cost-effective it will be to choose the correct shelving units to match your needs.

Here are 4 key features to consider when choosing your shelving to ensure the product matches your requirements.

  1. Access to goods

You want to be able to access from both sides if possible. This is to allow unimpeded access to have optimal workflow efficiency. Remember to take it to account any reduction in clearance caused by struts and supports.

  1. Construction material

Look for a robust steel frame. Galvanisation prevents corrosion of steel elements. Steel shelves are not suitable for heavy duty storage as they can be flimsy. If you need a cheaper alternative to metal shelving chipboard shelves offer good strength at a significant cost saving.

  1. Uniform Distribution Load (UDL)

UDL = maximum safe weight that can be stored per level. Pay particular attention to how the weight is going to be distributed if you need to store heavy items. If it is possible to distribute the load evenly, the maximum load levels won’t be reduced. To be on the safe side it’s always best to choose the heavy duty or industrial storage bays if you anticipate storing particularly heavy items.

  1. Versatility

With proper care, quality warehouse racking will have a long lifespan, during which time storage needs will invariably change. It is therefore also important to plan for the future and to purchase versatile and adjustable shelving units.


Warehouse racking has a long life span providing it is looked after. Take a look at our safety guards for racking here! During the lifespan of your shelving your needs are likely to change. Therefore, it is important in this planning stage to anticipate future change. This way, you can adapt any shelving to new needs.

Take a look at our full range of shelving & racking here. If you have any questions or need some advice contact our engineer Paul on 01661 853 198.