Warehouse Shelving Buyer’s Guide

There are many challenges when it comes to creating and maintaining a safe place to store items. The good news is that you have a variety of options to choose from when looking to buy warehouse shelving. Our warehouse shelving at Yankee Supply has a wide range of shelf styles that make the selection process a lot easier.

Boltless Shelves

These styles are starters used for storing, organizing or displaying and are ideal for industrial, wholesale and retail applications. They are made out of galvanized steel providing resistance to mechanical damage and protection of steel in soil, concrete or under water. This shelving option is sturdy and has a rigid surface, holding up to 400 lbs. You can use it for most objects and easily slide items on and off the shelves. They are great for any kind of general purpose storage.

Particle Board Shelves

Particle board is the industry standard shelving material. Particle board is made of lightweight waste materials such as wood chips, wood shavings and sawdust. While light and inexpensive, it’s hard to shape or mold because it is easy to break or chip. It’s also subject to tear out depending on the care given.

Galvanized finish

Galvanized materials prevent rusting and corrosion. A galvanized finish means that a protective layer of zinc coating is applied on materials such as steel or iron to protect them. When the zinc coating is intact, it protects against corrosion particles from reaching vulnerable areas such as steel or iron. This type of finish is also becoming an industrial trend.

Assembling Your Boltless Warehouse Shelf

The Boltless shelves are very easy to assemble, there is no need for any hardware to assemble it. These shelving are made with rails and upright posts. The steel edge shelves clip into slots on the upright frames, making it a quick and simple assembly process. Still, back bracing may be required for extra support.

Sizes Available

The Boltless warehouse shelves come in a range of sizes. We offer a few different sizes, you have the option of choosing shelves with:

  • Width of 36 in. or 48 in.
  • Height of 84 in. or 96 in.
  • Depth of 12 in., 18 in. or 24 in.

Commercial Shelves

These shelves are used for commercial purposes and commonly found in kitchens to maintain a safe and sanitary space. They are made out of steel and can hold up to 400 lbs. and can be kept in any area. Commercial shelves can save floor space, providing more room for other uses. Because they are finished with paint, it is easy to touch them up.

Galvanized Steel

This is a regular steel sheet that is coated in zinc to protect it against corrosion. The regular steel material can easily rust if it comes in contact with moisture, either from rain or the atmosphere if not coated.

Painted Finish

The industrial shelves are coated with paint. The paint finish refers to the amount of light that the paint reflects from the shelf. The type of paint finish can vary depending on preference. However, the higher the shine of the paint the more durable it will be.

Sizes Available

Commercial shelving is available in a few different sizes.

  • Width of 36 in. or 48 in.
  • Height of 75 in. or 87 in.
  • Depth of 12 in., 18 in., or 24 in.

Industrial Shelves

These shelves provide more stability and has a larger range of sizes. They are used for heavy and bulky storage, common for dense products in heavy usage areas. Industrial shelves can hold up to 1100 lbs. and provide clear visibility of the objects placed on them. They have an adjustable and flexible set up, making it easy to assemble. Not only are they cost effective, but durable and customizable.

Galvanized steel

Just like commercial shelves, industrial shelving is made of a regular steel sheet that is coated in zinc to protect it against corrosion. The regular steel material can easily rust if it comes in contact with moisture, either from rain or the atmosphere if not coated.

Painted Finish

Paint finish is commonly used for different shelving types. Just like the commercial shelves, industrial shelves are coated with paint. The paint finish refers to the amount of light that the paint reflects from the shelf and can vary depending on preference. However, the higher the shine of the paint the more durable it will be.

Sizes Available

Industrial shelving is available in a wide range of sizes.

  • Width of 30 in., 36 in., 42 in., or 48 in.
  • Height of 75 in., 87 in., 99 in., 123 in.
  • Depth of 12 in., 18 in., 24 in., or 30 in.

Wire Shelves

These shelves are shiny, easy to clean and able to resist rust and mold. They can fit in most spaces and can be used in a broad range of commercial and home applications, holding up to 800 lbs. The wire shelves are commonly used to store electronic appliances and other heavy retail display or organize freezers. The shelves are finished with a plated metal or an epoxy coat which provides a more durable, long-lasting and corrosion free shelf unit.

Plated Or Epoxy

Plated shelves are covered in metal which is deposited on a conductive surface. There are many benefits to plating, which includes improved corrosion resistance and enhanced strength.

Epoxy coating is made out of two distinct elements, epoxy resin and polyamine hardener known as a catalyst. This is a coat of thick, protective material used to prevent outer deterioration. It is commonly used for industrial floors due to its maximum durability. The benefits of epoxy are durability, non-toxic, easy to maintain, and weather, impact and chemical resistant.

Sizes Available

Wire shelving is available in a few different sizes.

  • Width of 30 in., 36 in., 48 in., 60 in. or 70 in.
  • Height of 54 in., 62 in., 74 in. or 86 in.
  • Depth of 14 in., 18 in., 24 in. or 30 in.

A Closer Look at Our Warehouse Shelving Options

SHELFSTYLES BOLTLESS COMMERCIAL INDUSTRIAL WIRE
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Common Uses Light industrial/ commercial. Smaller boxes/
light product.
Light industrial/ commercial. Drawer units
and shelf bins.
Standard and Heavy Industrial. Dense product.
Heavy usage area.
Freezer/cooler. Electronics. Heavy industrial.
Retail Display.
CONSTRUCTION
Shelf Particle Board 22 ga. steel 20 and 18 ga. steel Open wire grid with bar joist edge frame.
Upright 16 ga. steel frame 16 ga. steel posts 14 ga. formed steel posts/ 12 ga. angle steel
posts.
1″ round steel posts with spacing grooves.
Shelf Capacity 250-400 lbs. 300-400 lbs. 350-1100 lbs. 600-800 lbs
DIMENSIONS
Width 36 or 48″ 36 or 48″ 30, 36, 42, 48″ 30, 36, 48, 60, 72″
Depth 12, 18, or 24″ 12, 18, or 24″ 12, 18, 24, 30″ 14, 18, 24, 30″
Height 84 or 96″ 75 or 87″ 75, 87, 99, 123″ 54, 62, 74, 86″
Finish GALVANIZED PAINTED PAINTED PLATED/EPOXY
Assembly Steel edged shelves clip into slots on upright
frames. Back bracing may be required.
Shelves clip into upright posts. Back braces
and side braces are bolted into place.
Shelves clip or bolt to posts. Back braces
and side braces are bolted in place.
Plastic clips snap onto upright posts. Shelves
slide on over posts and wedge onto plastic clips.
 

 

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NOTES:

  1. These are general specifications from a variety of manufacturers. There
    may be differences between these descriptions and some specific brands.
    Please call us with any specific questions.
  2. Gauge or ga. (a measure of steel thickness) goes backward. 18 gauge is
    heavy duty; 22 gauge is light duty.
  3. Back braces can be eliminated by using corner angle sways. This allows
    clear access to the front and back.
  4. Other sizes are available for special applications. Please call us.

 

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