The Best Industrial Shelving for Different Use Cases

If you’re searching for the perfect shelving solution for your business, you may find it confusing to navigate through all the different types of shelving we carry here at East Coast Storage Equipment. 

I’ve been doing this for around 35 years. In that time, I’ve seen it all. Whether you’re an automotive parts store looking for small parts storage or working in food and beverage hunting for some cold storage shelving solutions, I can help you find the right shelving choice for your facility.

Keep on reading to learn more about the types of shelving we carry and how it can help you make the most out of your storage space. If you’re searching for affordable and high-quality used shelving for your business, the team at East Coast Storage Equipment and I are always here to help you find exactly what you need. Make sure to give us a call today to get started. 

Specific Uses for Heavy-Duty Industrial Shelving

First, you’re going to have to know what you need to store. That’s always the first thing I ask when trying to get to the heart of what a customer wants and needs. If you’ve got an idea of what kinds of products you plan to put on your shelves, we can match you to the warehouse shelving solution that fits. Below, you’ll find some of the more common requests I get.

Of course, this isn’t going to cover everything you might need industrial metal shelving for or the full extent of the options we carry here at East Coast Storage Equipment. I know it can be a challenge weighing your industrial shelving options. So, if you don’t see what you need here, give the team and me a call. We’ll walk you through all your options.

Storing Heavy Items

When it comes to storing heavy items, you really can’t beat pallet racking. Now, I know that some of our customers are looking for the ability to move products without heavy equipment, and I completely understand. But, if you’re looking for the most reliable storage solution for heavy loads, it’s hard to beat pallet racking.

For storing heavy items, pallet racking (pictured) is the preferred choice. Pallet racking can come in many different styles and types to fit almost any facility and use.

If you’re looking strictly for shelving (instead of racking), you need something durable and long-lasting no matter what. On that front, I’d recommend wide-span metal shelving. While it might not hold the same kinds of heavy-duty loads as pallet racks, for most applications, the roughly 2,000-pound load capacity can certainly get the job done. If you need a little extra help finding the right shelving to match your heavy load needs, I can help you with consultation and project management, so feel free to reach out.

Easy Assembly and Breakdown

Some of our clients come to us looking for a more dynamic shelving system. Usually, they need to move things around, so easy breakdown and assembly are a must. Fortunately, we carry a lot of quality used shelving that fits this description.

For many of my customers, rivet shelving is a perfect choice. Not only is it quite durable, but it shines in terms of flexibility and versatility. No bolts, no clips — just easy installation. Another great option is clipless-style shelving, sometimes known as backroom shelving. With its steel and particle board construction, you get easy installation and a surprising load capacity of 500 to almost 700 pounds.

Backroom Storage

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to help customers make organizational sense of their backroom storage. From automotive to retail, it’s so easy to let things get out of hand. Having products ready to go helps your team move more items onto the sales floor. That means less time spent fumbling around in the backroom, less time your front-of-house shelves are empty and more product moving. 

Backroom shelving (pictured) is the perfect option for storing smaller items, cartons and products that need to be accessible for team members. Adding backroom shelving to your space can help keep you organized and ready to move inventory.

If you’re looking to get organized and get some extra space, rivet shelving is a great tool for the job. It goes up fast, can support a surprising amount of weight and is the perfect choice for keeping backroom merchandise stored and ready to move. A close second would be backroom shelving — especially if your storage needs are always changing and moving your shelves around is a must.

The Best Industrial Shelving for Your Industry

Those were a handful of common use cases we see fairly regularly. But if you’re in an industry where shelving is a common tool you use, we can help you find the right choice based on our experience and your needs. Let’s take a quick look at some of the industries that commonly need shelving.

Automotive Shelving

When it comes to automotive shops, parts storage is a really important part of daily operations. With so many small parts, different SKUs and the need to move through products quickly, matching the perfect shelving to your space is key to having things run smoothly every time you need to find a specific part.

Steel shelving (pictured) can be quite versatile. Whether you need to store automotive parts, documents or a variety of other products, this type of shelving can help you make the most of your warehouse space.

If you’re looking for the best industrial shelving for your auto parts store or shop, you’ll want to source durable shelves that are great for small parts storage. Both rivet and clipless shelving are great choices here. Steel shelving can also make for a great storage solution for smaller parts and carton storage. Since most units are adjustable, changing your system to match new parts or products is quick and easy.

Industrial Shelving for Grocery Stores

If you’re looking to add some extra storage to your grocery store, we’ve got a few options you should consider. First up is steel shelving. Not only is it the perfect choice if you’re hunting for an affordable solution that still checks the boxes for durability and flexibility, but it’s one of the more common shelving types you’ll see in the industry.

Another great choice would be gondola shelving. While it’s not something we usually have in stock at East Coast Storage Equipment, you might catch a few choices every once in a while on our used shelving page.

Heavy-Duty Food and Beverage Shelving

Restaurants and suppliers are always clamoring for the perfect heavy-duty industrial shelving. We get it. It can be hard to find shelving that can withstand cold storage situations, wet loads and dynamic product changes. If you’re looking for the right racking for your F&B business, wire rack is a fairly common choice.

Wire shelving (pictured) can be a great choice for many different industries and environments. Often, you can find shelving like this in the foodservice industry, where perishable products benefit from the open wire construction and free air circulation.

That’s for a good reason, too. Most of the time, you want to have a little airflow to help keep produce and other products fresh. If you’ve got heavier items that need storage, a wire rack might not be the best choice. If you’re dealing with heavy loads quite often, it’s probably a good idea to have some rivet shelving available as well. 

Finding the Right Shelving Option

At the end of the day, the best way to figure out which type of shelving you should purchase is to take an assessment of your storage needs. Do you know what kind of materials you’ll be dealing with regularly? Are you going to need extra durability for heavier products? Will you need access to your product and move it in and out regularly?These are the kinds of questions we’ll ask when you give us a call looking for storage solutions. The team at East Coast Storage Equipment and I know exactly how to move through the selection process and can help you find the best industrial shelving to get the job done. If you’re ready to join our growing list of satisfied customers, give us a call at (732) 451-1808 or reach out online to find our current shelving inventory.

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