Choose Boltless Shelving for Simplicity, Speed and Accessibility

Even though much of the concern when furnishing a storage facility, be it a modestly sized stockroom or a vast wholesale warehouse, tends to centre around the most effective utilisation of the available space, this is not the only important consideration. The associated costs and ways of minimising them are always going to among the factors that need to be addressed. At the same time, the chosen solution must adequately meet the needs of a given facility. Quite often, that solution will be to install a boltless shelving system.

One of the principal advantages of this choice lies in the ease with which this type of system can be installed. There should be no need to call in the professionals and add further to the cost of acquisition. In the absence of any nuts and bolts, the task of assembling the shelves can be tackled by the warehouse owner and a couple of staff members armed with nothing more sophisticated than a rubber mallet. Given that the height of its shelves can be adjusted by increments of just 38 millimetres, it is a simple matter to tailor a boltless shelving

system to the precise needs of the storage facility. Furthermore, because those needs can often be subject to change, any reconfiguration that may become necessary in the future will be just as quick and simple to handle.

One of the other major benefits of this type of storage system is that, in most circumstances, no side- or back-cross bracing should be required. This means that, when using a boltless shelving system, it is possible to access the stored items with ease and from all sides. Just as the height between shelves can be varied, so too can the capacity of the shelves in a given row.

While the front and back beams are standardised at 1 200 millimetres, the side beams are routinely available from Krost Shelving and Racking in widths of 300, 400, 450, 500 and 600 millimetres. If required, the company can also manufacture non-standard sizes, by arrangement, for those clients who may wish to create a more personalised boltless shelving system.

Once the metal framework has been assembled, it will be time to start decking the individual shelves. For this, Krost offers clients the option of either chipboard, plywood, or steel. The choice will be determined by factors such as the risk of damp, which would tend to rule out the use of chipboard, and the mass of items to be stored, which might well leave steel decking as the most robust type of decking for use with your boltless shelving system.

While adding side- and back-cross braces do tend to restrict that all-round access to stored items, it also serves to create an extremely stable structure. This can make it the perfect base to support a mezzanine floor that has the potential to almost double the total storage capacity within a warehouse where there happens to be sufficient unoccupied vertical space.

To sum up, a boltless shelving system is designed to combine simplicity, speed and accessibility with economy and versatility. These features have served to make it a preferred storage solution, not just for warehouses but also for retail stores and even offices.