How to Pallet Rack Guide

Pallet rack is the most popular and the most versatile type of storage for large single items or palletized/boxed loads. This guide provides basic information needed to select pallet rack. Please call one of our sales staff for further information at 800-558-5104




1. Determine the size of your pallet . Height, width, depth and weight.




 2. Beam Width, allow a minimum of 4" between the upright frame and the load and a minimum of 4" between loads. 

Beam Capacity. Multiply the weight of the pallet and load by the number of pallets per level. 
Example: two pallets with a weight of 2500 lbs. each per level. 2500 lbs. x 2 pallets per level = 5000 lb. beam capacity minimum requirement.




 3.Upright Frame Depth. The depth of the upright frames should be your pallet depth (48") minus 6" (3" overhang in the front and 3" overhang in the back). Example: 48" - 6" = 42" deep upright frame.




 4. Upright Frame Height. Determine the overall load height. Add a minimum of 6" clearance between top load and next level of beams. Add the beam height and multiply total by the amount of upper levels required (do not count floor level). Also measure your ceiling height to determine how tall you can go. Rule of thumb is 4' below the rafters.