Understanding the Different Types of Pallet Racking Systems

Pallet racking systems can allow warehouses and distribution centers to operate to their highest potential . They work best for storing products when space is finite. By optimizing space, they increase productivity while enabling access to inventory. With high-quality pallet racks, you get comprehensive benefits considering they are durable and extra safe. Here are a few options to consider if you are considering industrial pallet racks.

Selective Racking

Selective pallet racking allows the greatest flexibility for changing needs in any application, owing to its versatility. The system makes it easy to access pallets directly with its simple design. Most of the structure provides room for storage of many different Stock Keeping Units (SKU’s) and it is also easy to install.


Double-deep racks are very similar to standard selective racking, with the exception of being two pallet positions deep. They are a means of achieving some extra product density while still maintaining a high degree of selectivity.

Push Back Racking

Push-back industrial pallet racks utilize a series of carts that rest on a pitched track. To load, a pallet load is placed on the first cart. The next pallet load is used to “push back” the first pallet load, exposing the next cart and so on. To unload the front pallet load is removed. Gravity rolls the subsequent loads forward along the pitched track. The storage design is great for when both selectivity and density is needed, ensuring better control over your inventory.

Drive-in Racking

This type of racking does not necessarily use as many aisles as others. It is designed to optimize maximum floor space by creating deep lane storage. The forklifts drive into the racking system to place and retrieve pallets. While it does not offer as much selectivity as other systems, Drive-in industrial pallet racks are cost-effective and have the greatest space utilization of conventional rack solutions.

Cantilever Racking

Cantilever industrial pallet racking is a specialty solution to allow storage of heavy and long items. These could be pipes, timber, steel rods, and other similar shaped products. The system also has long arms projecting from a metal framework to support long bulky goods.

Each of these industrial racking types serves different purposes and are only a sample of the options available. To learn more about which type of racking best suits your needs, contact Frazier at (800) 859-1342 or frazier@frazier.com.