Shelves are important for everyone. They help us to store and organize several items. While one needs shelves of minimum strength for personal use at home, industrial shelving and storage options need to be a lot stronger. One also gives little thought to appearance in case of shelves for industrial use. There are many types of shelves to choose from. Designs are based on some basic points.
Open or closed shelves
If you need access to the items in the rack from 360 degrees, an open shelf is the best choice. These racks let maximum light through them so that you can easily spot what you need from the shelf. These racks also allow air to circulate which will keep your tools and other items dry. If you need something sturdier than steel racking, you can opt for shelves that are accessible form only one side. These are also beneficial in limiting small parts from rolling around or falling down.
You need to decide if you need doors on the shelves or not. If not, the shelves would allow employees to access materials stored in the rack easily. You may need doors to protect items in shelves from various chemicals, excessive heat or even theft. This is great for industrial shelving and storage where items may be exposed to high temperatures, pressure and chemicals.
Nut and bolt or clip shelves
Posts are attached with the help of nuts and bolts in the case of a nut and bolt shelving unit. This is the sturdiest of all types of storage options. In the other variety, metal clips are used to secure posts and nuts and bolts are used only on the top and bottom tiers. There are also bolt-less shelves available. These are designed to hold lesser weight as compared to the previous two types of steel racking. Installing these shelves is very easy as there are no nuts, bolts or clips involved.
With these basics in mind, you will be able to select the best shelf according to your needs.