Most warehouses need shelves and bin storage capacity. However, you have several options to consider for shelving solutions. For example, do you choose open or closed shelves? Should you go with rivet, wire, or steel clip shelves? Let’s check out all these options to help you decide.
Open or Closed Shelves?
When it comes to choosing open and closed shelves, consider your needs. For example, open shelves have no backs. Your employees get to them from either side, and they need bracing. Here are some of the benefits:
- Easy installation
- Cheapest option
- Work well for packaged goods and boxes
A closed shelf unit has both sides and backs. This offers a lot of sturdiness and stability. To save on costs, place your closed shelf units back-to-back and share the same back support. You receive these benefits with closed shelves:
- More protection than open shelves
- Options – you can add doors and locks
- Greater support than open shelves – store heavier items
Rivet Shelving Solutions
Rivet shelves are inexpensive and simple to install. You don’t need special hardware. The units come in many sizes. You can customize rivet shelves easily to create the right sizes for your needs.
Steel shelves are perfect for bin storage. They are very strong and work well in mezzanine applications. On the downside, they take longer to install and cost more than rivet shelves.
Wire shelving offers access from all sides. You can use them in wash-down applications, too. For safety, their open construction does not block sprinkler systems. Some wire shelves are expensive, but they make excellent corner shelving units.
Which Shelving Solutions Are Best for You?
For cost cutting strategies, consider open rivet shelves. When you need to store heavy items, steel works best. Wire shelves are the most attractive option and have important safety features.