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Planning Your Pallet Rack Project

To ensure the safety of your pallet rack system you can follow these steps while in the store. We will be configuring sections (the space between to frames) and rows (the number of continuous sections in a line.

Step 1

– Verify the dimensions and weight of the pallets. (if you have various weights, use the heaviest for planning purposes).

Step 2

– Click on the pallet rack beam to choose the beam length and capacity to store your pallets. (a 96” beam is the most popular length and stores 2 – 40” wide pallets.
Multiply the weight of the pallet by the number of pallets on a beam level to determine the capacity of the beams needed.

Step 3

– Determine the number of beam levels for each section. Typically, pallets are placed on the floor. To determine the placement of the pallet rack beam levels, add the height of the pallet and 6” for lift off. You can have more than 6”, but, 6” is a good minimum for lift off.

Step 4

– To determine the number of sections, divide the length of the floor space where you want to place the pallet racks by 8.25 (for 96” beams). The .25 allows for the width of the frames. Add 3” to the overall length.

Step 5

– Multiply the number of sections in the row by the number of beams in each section (Step 3).

Step 6

– Chose the beam size and enter the quantity and add to cart.

Step 7

– Now let’s choose a frame. The typical frame depth is 42” for standard 48” deep pallets. Using the measurements in Step 3, determine the height needed to place the top beam level. Use the capacity chart to ensure that the frame has the capacity to carry your load. To determine the capacity, use the chart and find the spacing closest to your spacing in Step 3. Use spacing that is the next size up to be safe. Ie. You have 44”, use the 48” spacing capacity as a guide.

Step 8

– Add 1 frame to the total number of sections in a row to determine the frames required for each row. Select the frame that best suits the requirements and add them to the cart.

Now for the accessories

1) If you would like to place wire decks on the pallet rack beam levels and your beam length is 96” use the same quantity of pallet rack wire decks as beams.

2) There are 2 types of Post Protectors used to protect the lower portion of the pallet rack frame. They are designed to deflect the object hitting the frame but cannot guarantee that a failure will not occur of the frame is constantly struck. They are not a substitute for operator training and vigilance. The frame mounted post protectors are bolted to the frame posts. The floor mounted protectors are mounted to the floor with wedge anchors. Hardware is included with either type.

3) Row spacers are used when 2 rows of pallet racks are placed back to back. They attach to the inner post on the frame. 12” row spacers are most common but 8” spacers are also used. Refer to the chart to calculate the quantity of row spacers for your project.

4) Wall ties are used with the same spacing as row spacers. Wall ties need to anchor to a CBS or solid wall. Do not use wall ties to attach to drywall.

5) To calculate the wedge anchors needed, multiply the number of frames x 2. Note: One anchor is used on the front post and one on the rear post.

Not sure how to make sure that your layout is exactly what you have in mind or you would like us to walk you through the process? Contact us at:

For direct to consumer pallet racking sales, visit us at
Phone – (305) 400-8515
Text – (954) 882-4758
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