The Different Parts of Pallet Racking

Welcome back to our series on the different components available at Murray Material Handling. In our last post, we talked about wire mesh decking and why it’s such a practical addition to any warehouse storage.

This week, we are talking about the various pieces of pallet racking.  Also, make sure to check out the post we wrote about the different types of shelving and storage available.

The Puzzle of Pallet Racks

Much like a puzzle (or a Lego set), a pallet rack is comprised of different components which are pieced together to form a whole.  Below, we will break down the different parts available to someone purchasing racking.


Also called frames, uprights are the vertical pieces of the pallet rack that hold everything together and all it to stand.  Like many things in the storage world, they come in both standard strength and heavy duty.


The beams are the horizontal part of the pallet racking.  In other words, they are the part which the pallets actually slide onto.  Made of steel, these beams come in a variety of types and lengths.  While the standard color for them is orange, other colors are also available.

Row Spacers

The name is pretty self explanatory.  Row spacers are the pieces that go in between the rows of pallet racking.  They help to stabilize the pallet racks and also keep everything in order, by preventing movement.

Wall Ties

Wall ties hold shelving to the wall.  It’s as simple as that.

Post Protectors

Pallet racking is used in conjunction with forklifts.  Anyone who has driven a forklift knows they aren’t the most graceful of machines.  For this reason, post protectors are a valuable addition to the warehouse ecosystem.

Post protectors are fashioned around the legs of pallet racking, guarding them from oncoming objects.  Bent shelf legs can be both expensive to replace and dangerous to your warehouse.  The less balanced a pallet rack is, the more likely it can fall over, ruining your storage and worse, injuring someone.

Post proctors are an easy way to prevent this, making them the perfect complement to your uprights.

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