Shelving & Racking

Our extensive range of Shelving & Racking contains everything to meet your business' storage needs. From heavy-duty pallet racking to freezer suitable cold room shelving and attractive retail orientated chrome wire shelving, First Mats has a whole host of shelving solutions. Our shelving & racking products are built to last and designed to withstand the pressures of a demanding commercial environment.

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Shelving & Racking

Whether you are outfitting a new warehouse or just looking to add a bit of extra storage capacity to your stockroom, there are a couple of important factors to think about when you are looking at shelving and racking solutions.

Firstly, what are you storing? Do you need heavy-duty shelving systems that have massive load capacities? Sheet materials or panels that need vertical storage for easier access? Lighter goods that could be stored more cost-effectively on mesh/wire shelving units? You’ll need to have a thorough understanding of what you will be using the shelving or racking for.

Secondly, how do you store these goods? Do you need shelving that can be easily loaded and unloaded with a forklift truck or a pallet dolly? Do you have a large vertical space that will need higher shelving units to best make use of the space? Can you floor or wall mount your shelving for better stability?

What shelving and racking types are available?

When you’ve got the answers to these questions, it’s time to start looking at the available options.

Metal shelving - These metal-framed shelving units are a versatile, easy to maintain and strong solution, with some models available with load capacities of up to 250kg per shelf.

Heavy-duty warehouse shelving - Similar in construction to the metal shelving units, these heavy-duty models are built for the rigours of a high-traffic, demanding warehouse or stock room environment. Load capacities available in this range are up to 600kg per shelf, so are capable of storing even very heavy stock. These units are also available in a variety of widths, heights, depths and shelf/tier layouts, meaning there should be an option to fit your requirements.

Cantilever racks - Designed for the effective storing, organising and accessing of long-length items, like bars, tubes and pipes. These can be found in single- or double-sided variants, and capacities of between 200kg and 1000kg per arm. There are also wheeled options for mobile storage.

Pallet racking - Specifically built for the storage of pallets, these units are a heavy-duty, reliable and super-strong storage solution. Available in a range of height, width and depth variants to suit your space and volume requirements.

Vertical storage racks - Designed to store sheet materials, pipes, tubes and planks in an upright position for easy organisation and access. They're available in staggered, stackable, standard- and multi-height variants, with load capacities of up to 1000kg. Wheeled units are also offered, to give some mobility and manoeuvrability to the storage.

Wire shelving - This kind of shelving is more stylish and aesthetically pleasing, making it great for front-of-house, public-facing use. Available in a range of size and shelf/tier options, wire shelving has the added benefit of allowing free air flow around the stored items and great visibility.


If you have any questions or need further advice when it comes to shelving and racking options, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with one of our team members by chat or e-mail.



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