How do you choose the perfect rack?Tips for purchases

It is extremely important for a better organization of your storage space to pick out equipment that responds to the needs of your activities, e.g. particular demands for services, trade, industry, storage or transport. Depending on your own speciality, both the nature of the objects placed on the racks and the frequency of your visits to the storage room will vary a lot. This explains why producers have brought together an assortment that offers a solution for each activity. Here, you will find some guidance, in order to find the most suitable model.

The ABC of racks

A storage racks is a construction of different levels, set up in the height, on which you can put a lot of objects. In this way, you can use the available space optimally. That’s why it is not difficult to understand why they are so popular in storage rooms and offices.

Basis element/extension element:

There are two types of components:

A basis element: this is an indispensable element for each rack. It can be used on its own. It consists of shelves and 2 ladders : 2 x 2 independent bars, connected to each other with sleepers and attached to each end of the rack.

An extension element: this component can never be used alone. It’s necessary to attach it to a basis element or another extension element, as it contains just one ladder, and several shelves.

Single/double access :

Generally, a difference needs to be made between racks with single and double access:

Single access: the rack must be put against a wall. The content of the rack can only be accessed from one side. The other side is closed off with a full partition or crossbeam.

Double access : you can put the racks in rows, with passages in between. The racks are open on both sides. There aren’t any walls, neither crossbeams.

The different types of storage racks

The choice will depend on the type of products that must be stored and the room in which they have to be installed. When you don’t have a lot of available space, it is recommended to opt for high racks.

Racks for offices

These easily assemblable and dismantleable racks have a capacity that varies according to the needs and the available space. Racks with full shelves are perfect : their depth is adapted to the space needed for suspension files, archive boxes and folders. Concerning the capacity, you’d better choose for a shelf that can carry between 100 and 200 kg. Some models are sometimes equipped with full partitions, for a better stability, others have an epoxy finish for a nicer look.

Racks for archives

At some models it is possible to attach different components to each other, in order to form endless rows. Depending on the available space in the room, it is preferred to go for types with single or double access. The nature of the products and documents determine if you should opt for full or for tube shaped shelves.

The conditions for conservation need to be optimal in archive rooms. It is recommended to keep out the sunlight and to pick out a place with few humidity. The perfect temperature swings around 18°C. Are you afraid your racks will start to roost? In that case, you should favor racks with finishes in epoxy or galvanized steel.

Racks for storerooms, industrial workshops or humid environments

This type of racks has better results in terms of carrying capacity and resistance. This is very logical, as the industrial sector requires furniture with an extremely large resistance and a high carrying capacity.

If your rack belongs in a storeroom, a workshop or an industrial place, settle upon racks with an epoxy finish or in galvanized steel, with full or tube shaped shelves in which fit wooden plates. These shelves can carry up to 625 kg. Depending on the infrastructure of your space, you can use racks with single or double access.

Is your rack situated in a rather humid environment? If that’s the case, the best solution is a model in galvanized steel, with full or tube shaped shelves.

Nature of stored documents & products

Calculate the carrying capacity of each shelf, in function of the objects that you are going to store on them. Count the number of necessary levels, and measure up the available height and depth.

For organizing objects with a low weight, e.g. lever arch files, documents, archive boxes and cases, suspension files, plastic storage boxes, small office material and small boxes, you should opt for office or archive racks. These are especially designed for the tertiary sector and can carry up to 200 kg per level.

For organizing voluminous and heavy products, and for storing palettes at bottom height, it is advised to use semi-heavy racks that can carry up to 625 kg. These can be attached to the soil, for more stability.

For organizing humid objects, the best solution is a rack in rust-proof, galvanized steel. Between these models you will also find some exemplaries that can be fixed in the ground, for a better stability.

Equipment & accessories

A perfect rack requires obviously some accessories. You can choose between the following possibilities.

Full shelves in steel :

These shelves are the ideal solution for storing objects with a small size. They are also compatible with suspension files. Mostly, they are used in offices, because of their aesthetic look.

Tube shaped shelves

The structure consists of assembled bars, made from galvanized steel. They allow you to stow away objects, like boxes, archive cases and crates. Models with a single access can be used for carrying suspension files.

Shelves in isobois :

These optional shelves are especially designed for small material. They have to be put on the tube shaped shelves. Add just one shelf for racks with a depth of 35 cm. Racks with a depth of 70 cm require 2 shelves for each level.

Shelves with wooden plates

These plates are especially designed for use in an industrial environment, where they carry heavy and voluminous objects. They consist of 2 bars in steel, connected together thanks to a wooden plate, with a high resistance and a depth of 22 mm.

Tip: Some other tools (like packaging material) can also be used for the protection of your products, in order to preserve their good condition. You can choose for protection film (translucent in some cases, for more confidentiality), plastic bags with zipper or bubble wrap for the most delicate objects.