Different Types of Pallet Racking – What to Consider

When it comes to warehouse storage, it is useful to have an understanding of the various racking systems available to you, and their general application in a commercial storage facility.

The following guide is designed to give you a brief overview of some key features of each rack style, however it is always recommended to speak with a storage systems specialist to ensure your warehouse design meets your business needs.

1. Selective Pallet Racking

Gerard Lighting - Selective Pallet Racking


The most versatile choice, selective pallet racking is popular as it provides high selectivity to every pallet position – meaning you can have as many SKU’s as you have pallet positions. It is available in various heights and depths, including double deep systems, and it is fairly easy to change the storage mix.

It also requires a lower investment than other racking and provides a durable solution – perfect for products with no expiration date or even fast moving products.


Selective Pallet Racking requires numerous aisles. It also has lower storage density than other alternatives.

Click here to see how it looks, or here to see it action footage of selective pallet racking being built.

2. Cantilever Racking

Halliburton - Heavy Duty Cantilever Racking


Cantilever Racking is a cost effective system designed for products that are long, irregular and awkwardly shaped. They are ideal for storing non-standard sized items, such as tubing, doors, and packs of timber or furniture. They can also store products vertically, up to around 6 metres high. The design of Cantilever racking can help productivity when dealing with long loads, as the stock is more accessible.

Cantilever Racking is relatively easy to install and reconfigure. Additional arms can be added to allow storage of any shaped item, these arms can be customised by the angle and load retention required for your facility.


Cantilever Racking requires a larger capital investment in the install and design phase. It is not ideal for storing pallets, and it is important to remember that the correct aisle space is required in between racks.

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3. Drive In/ Drive Through Racks

Drive-In Pallet Racking - Self Centring Pallet Rails


Drive in Racks and Drive Through Racks work well for items and pallets that are very uniform in size and have a longer life in storage. They are designed to store pallets that are two, three or more deep, so they offer greater storage density than selective racks.

Drive in Racks and Drive Through Racks are offer excellent space utilisation and can reduce the overall square footage requirements.


This system of racking offers less, but less selectivity than other alternatives, meaning immediate access is harder. It is better suited to products, which are stored in sufficient volume – not suiting all industries.

Click here to see this type of racking looks and operates.

There are a number of other storage options available including heavy duty open span shelving, rolled upright shelving and raised storage areas. These can sit alongside your racking to create a space that supports your business processes and productivity.