Pallet Rack Installation

Properly installing pallet rack, cantilever rack, and other warehouse rack is critical to the stability, safety, and efficiency of your warehouse.

Pallet  Racking Installation

In our multi-year business practices, we have seen many warehouse-racking installations in small and large facilities, inside or outside. Our team has also completed numerous installation jobs on their own. And what we’d like to share with you is that you can do the installation yourself. You won’t be sure if the process was done correctly, how long the racking systems will last, or if OSHA requirements have been met. Here, we have compiled the main points to consider before installation so that you can make the right choice.

Pallet Racking Installation Process: Steps for Pallet Racking Installation procedures

Pre-installation Planning:

  • We evaluate the warehouse space and determine the best layout for pallet racks based on storage solution needs, accessibility, and safety regulations.
  • Measure the dimensions of the warehouse space to ensure a proper fit for the pallet racks. Get the pallet rack installation instructions.
  • Develop a detailed installation plan, including rack layout, anchoring points, and safety considerations.
  • Verify the installation of CAD drawings with the customer and specific seismic design category (SDC) to each region.
  • Check the floor. There are some types of industrial warehouse floors, such as concrete, linoleum, epoxy, and vinyl composition tile (VCT). Commonly, pallet racks are anchored to the concrete floor by concrete wedge anchors or strike anchors. However, note that the floor must support dynamic loads, not only static ones. That means that the thickness of the flooring material and the levelness of the floor should be adequate. There are specifications for floor surfaces, like ACI F-min and F-number systems, that control for flatness and levelness using short and long wavelength measurements. For instance, if the height of your handling operations is 118.11 inches, the floor may vary in height by 3/16 inch across a length of 78 inches; if manual handling operations are performed, tolerance may drop. 

Preparation of Materials:

  • Procure all necessary materials for the warehouse rack installation, including pallet racks, shelves, beams, uprights, braces, anchors, and safety accessories.
  • Inspect all materials to ensure they meet quality standards and are free from defects.
  • Note that manufacturers have different steel standards. It depends on chemical components. AISI and SAE strictly regulate steel mixes in the USA. Welding is also important. Our team knows all the smallest points and checks all the documentation that someone else might have missed.

Safety Procedures:

  • Secure the work area to prevent unauthorized access and ensure the safety of warehouse workers and bystanders. Check for obstructions.
  • Use special equipment and lights.
  • Strictly follow the safety guidelines

Installation of Uprights:

  • Begin by installing the uprights (vertical columns) at designated locations according to the layout plan.
  • Use a level to ensure that the uprights are plumb and properly aligned.
  • Anchor the uprights securely to the floor using appropriate anchors and fasteners. Check they are properly installed.

Beams Installation:

  • Attach beams (horizontal supports) to the uprights at the desired height levels.
  • Ensure that beams are level and evenly spaced to support the weight of the pallets.
  • Secure beams to uprights using beam connectors or locking pins.

Installation of Braces:

  • Install diagonal braces between uprights to provide additional stability and support.
  • Braces should be securely attached to both the uprights and beams to prevent lateral movement.

Final Inspection:

  • Conduct a thorough inspection of the installed pallet rack bay to ensure they meet safety standards and specifications.
  • Check for any loose connections, damaged components, or potential hazards.
  • Make any necessary adjustments or repairs to ensure the integrity of the installation.

Documentation and Sign-off:

  • Prepare documentation, including installation records, safety certifications, and warranty information.
  • Obtain sign-off from the client or relevant authorities confirming that the installation has been completed satisfactorily and meets all requirements.

Training and Handover:

  • Provide training to warehouse staff on proper usage of the pallet racks, including loading procedures, weight limits, and safety protocols.
  • Hand over control of the installed pallet racks to the client, ensuring they have the necessary knowledge to maintain and operate the system safely.
  • Once the installation is complete, develop processes and procedures for regular inspection of the rack storage system at least once a year.

Follow-up and Support:

  • Offer ongoing support and maintenance services to address any issues or concerns that may arise after installation.
  • Schedule periodic inspections and maintenance checks to ensure the continued safety and efficiency of the pallet rack system.

We Install Any Type of Warehouse Rack

Our experienced installation team is capable of installing nearly any type of warehouse rack, ensuring every component, from the footplate to the top beam, is perfectly aligned for optimal performance and safety. Whether it involves the complex assembly of pallet racks or the strategic placement of shelf accessories, our team ensures each rack assembly is installed correctly, maximizing both safety and efficiency.

What benefits do you get from working with Speedrack West?

  • Confidence: Our professional installation team ensures that each rack assembly is correctly assembled to maximize safety and efficiency. This includes meticulous attention to the proper installation of teardrop and selective pallet racks, ensuring the bolts are tightened, safety clips are installed, all nuts and blots are properly firmed, and each unit is robustly constructed with top and bottom rear beams securely fastened.
  • Flexibility: We coordinate a pre-arranged schedule with you so that you can continue to work without interruption. Our thorough planning allows for the exact determination of the type of rack needed and the best installation strategy to utilize every inch of your warehouse space effectively.
  • The complexity of assembling pallet racks: From the initial installation of the top front beam to ensuring every shelf is at the exact level as the top, our team assembles any pallet system from any manufacturer, whether teardrop, wire decking or selective pallet. This process also involves correctly assembling four beams, ensuring back connectors are secure, and confirming the stability of the crossbar.
  • Special equipment: With us, you won’t need specialized material handling equipment, such as forklifts, to lift the racks and shims to ensure the racks are level and stable. Our professional team guarantees that every component, from the footplate to the rack you’re installing, aligns perfectly for optimal performance and safety.
  • Rack relocation: Not only installation but also dismantling. Whether you need to move your racking a few feet or many miles, we’re here. Our team will safely dismantle your existing pallet rack. As a result, we’ll band it properly for secure transport and then ship the racking to the new location. Get a quote and let us move your warehouse racking for you.
  • Teardown and warehouse storage liquidation: If you’re done with the rack at your location, our pallet rack tear-down and liquidation service will remove your racking. Moreover, we frequently re-home used pallet racks and other types of storage equipment. Therefore, you get cash for your used rack. You also get peace of mind knowing it went somewhere where it will be well-used. If you also need new racking, we’ll give you a credit for your used racking and apply it to the purchase of your new racking system.
  • OSHA regulation: You have already won with us because getting a permit is one of our services. Thus, we know about OSHA regulations in all the necessary details. Our installation team ensures proper installation, adhering to all safety standards and manufacturer guidelines, which can significantly extend the lifespan of your warehouse racking systems.

It’s not just about knowing when the installation begins; it’s about understanding every inch of the process, the importance of each bolt, and ensuring there’s no room for error. At the end of the day, the goal is to create a seamless shelving system that supports your business’s operational needs without any hiccups.


You need us when installing/dismantling your racks because:

  • Experience: Our installers do this all day, every day.
  • Speed: We will have your racking installed in the shortest time possible.
  • Safety: It’s our number one priority.
  • Professional: We are Licensed, Bonded, and Insured.
  • Hassle-Free: Keep your team working on what they do best.
  • Done Right: Rest easy knowing your storage system is installed correctly.
  • Tear Down: We’ll remove your existing racking.
  • Win-win: We get the best client, you get the best result
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