Warehouse racking systems are an important part of any major storage facility or hub.  The right system can make access easy, which improves efficiency, which increases your bottom line.  For large warehouses, pallet racks are the most popular choice.  These are idea when goods are handled with a forklift.  Pallets can be lifted easily from the rack and slide along the rack when necessary.  These racks are also extremely sturdy, so your product will stay in place once it’s been set.  There are many kinds of pallet racks to choose from though, and these are differentiated by the type of attachment the shelves use.

Sammons Style

A Sammons pallet rack is perfect for either heavy or light duty storage.  They can be used in combination with roll-formed beams or structural beams.  They attach with a teardrop hole through which the plates can be bolted.  They normally have depths between two and four feet.  Common accessories for this style include row spacers, column protectors, as well as extension kits.


Structural pallet racks are made from solid structural steel channel and come with either slotted beam to column or bolted connections.  They include a heavy-duty horizontal brace on the lower portion as well as welded foot protectors standard.  They are also usually coated with a baked enamel powder coating that gives them great durability.  They come in various sizes and the shelves can be adjusted in 4-inch increments.

T-Bolt Style

A T-bolt pallet rack offers convenience in that it only connects on the front.  The t-bolt is inserted through the beam connector and the column and tightened with a one-quarter turn.  These racks have a curved surface head as well as locking cams.  They can come in with either open sections or closed tubes and are easily customized to meet any capacity requirements.

Interlake Teardrop & New Style

The most common style of pallet racking is the Interlake teardrop design.  This entails upright frames made of 13-guage steel with baked enamel coating.  They normally have a capacity of three feet.  For the connections, there are usually three or four pins which slip through teardrop shaped holes on the beam connectors.  The newer style of this system has holes that have more of an arrow shape rather than the teardrop shape.  These styles are popular because they are sturdy, very customizable, and are compatible with many different brands.