How to Assemble Industrial Shelving Units

July 21, 2021

How to Assemble Heavy Duty Industrial Shelving Units

Industrial shelving comes in a variety of different shapes and sizes. Though assembling heavy duty industrial shelving units may seem intimidating and highly technical, it is actually a lot simpler than you are imagining.

By following this supplemental guide, you’ll be able to assemble a variety of different kinds of industrial shelving units such as: rivet systems, pallet racks and bulk racks. By learning how to assemble these three fundamental industrial shelving units, you’ll be able to assemble just about anything.

The purpose of this guide is to help ease the process of assembling your shelving unit, it is not intended to be an absolute instructions manual. Make sure you read through the instructions manual and safety procedures before you start.

Before Getting Started

Before you begin assembling your industrial shelving unit there are a few things you may want to consider:

  1. 1. Gather your tools. You will need:
  •      • Rubber Mallet
  •      • Components necessary for building your industrial shelving unit such as:
    •           – Posts or Uprights
    •           – Long or Short Beams (To Create the Shelves)
    •           – Wood or Wire Decking (Optional on Pallet Rack)
    •           – Other Applicable Components
    •           – Gloves and Safety Helmet (Optional)
  1. 2. Layout and organize all of your components and supplies. This will make the assembling process go by efficiently.

  2. 3. Safety Precautions. Even though it is possible to assemble a shelving unit by yourself, it would be beneficial and safer to have someone assist you. They can help you lift the heavier components, inspect the finished product to ensure all parts are assembled correctly, or simply watch over you for safety precautions.
Once you have done so, let’s begin assembling your industrial shelving units!

How to Assemble a Rivet System® Boltless Shelving Unit

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Step 1: Once you have laid out and organized all of your components, begin by building the base. Place the two rivets of the double rivet beam into the bottom two holes of your first two uprights.
Step 2: Gently hammer downward into place at each end of the beam.
Step 3: Repeat the same steps working counter clockwise from one corner to the next.
Step 4: Once the base is complete, assemble the top shelf the same way you did for the base instead using the top two holes on the uppermost end of the post.
Step 5: Determine where you’d like to place your middle shelves and install the beams.
Step 6: Repeat the same steps on the opposite side.
Step 7: Lay your shelf boards onto each level.
After you are done, ask someone to inspect your finished product to ensure your industrial shelving unit was put together correctly.

How to Assemble Pallet Rack

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Step 1: Once you have laid out and organized all of your components, begin by standing your uprights apart at the length the beams are being used.
Step 2: Insert the beams into the holes that you want at the height of your shelf to be.
Step 3: Firmly, hammer downward to lock the beam into place.
Step 4: Repeat until you have assembled all levels of your pallet rack.
After you are done, ask someone to inspect your finished product to ensure your industrial shelving unit was put together correctly.

How to Assemble Bulk Rack

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Step 1: Once you have laid out and organized all of your components, begin by sliding the safety clip at each end of the beams. Stand your upright apart for the length being used.
Step 2: Insert the beams into the holes that you want at the height of your shelf to be.
Step 3: Hammer downward to lock the beam into place.
Step 4: Repeat.
Step 5: If using supports; place the supports in between the beams.
Step 6: Lay your wire decking or particle board between the beams to create the shelf.

After you are done, ask someone to inspect your finished product to ensure your industrial shelving unit was put together correctly.

Takeaways

By following this supplemental guide on how to assemble industrial shelving units, you’ll be pleasantly surprised on how simple it actually is. Keep in mind the safety protocols and organizational tips to ensure a safe and hassle-free installation of your industrial shelving.

In addition to this step-by-step guide, check out our industrial shelving assembly videos along with helpful instructions on our comprehensive assembly instructions page.

Call Action Wholesale Products at 1-800-966-3999 or contact us online for more information on our shelving products. We can help you get started with customized archive storage for your warehouse, business or storage facility.

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