Warehouse shelving

Industrial heavy duty Longspan shelving

Longspan shelving is a popular strong and heavy duty shelving system with adjustable levels, which can be finished in chipboard or galvanised steel insert panels. This system looks a lot like and is often described as mini pallet racking as it uses similar looking frames and beams.

There are varying heights of frames from 1200mm to 4000mm with the option to clad end frames with mesh or solid panels or leave as open frames. With Longspan beam lengths of 1050, 1200, 1350, 1500, 1650, 1800, 1950, 2100, 2250, 2400, 2550, 2700, 2850, 3000 with the 2400 and 2700mm being some of the more popular. These varying fame heights and beam lengths makes Longspan shelving very flexible with bespoke solutions available from standard parts meaning that the product can be tailored to runs and shelf lengths to suit your needs and building without the cost of bespoke items.

Here at 2h Storage we want to make sure that you get the best possible shelving solution for the most cost effective price. Being one of the Norths leading supplier of pallet racking and Longspan shelving allows us to negotiate the best discount prices from manufactures and pass these saving on to you.

If you need Longspan shelving for your facility call 2h Storage today and let us arrange to visit site for a FREE survey and measure making sure you get the best products and Longspan shelving to suit your needs and budget.

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Advantages of articulated fork lift trucks

If you need to increase the space in your pallet racking and do not have the option to increase the size of your building or move to a larger facility, using articulated fork lift trucks could well be the answer. These have become increasingly popular in recent years with fork lift truck drivers adapting well after just a few weeks to these versatile work horses.


One of the Advantages of articulated fork lift trucks such is that it allows you to use one fork lift truck for a multitude of purposes rather than narrow aisle and counterbalance fork lift trucks. The articulated trucks can be used for both replenishing and picking directly from the pallet racking while also being able to cope with unloading and loading of trucks for inbound and dispatch pallets.


Here at 2h Storage we have often reconfigured and added to existing pallet racking when the fork lift trucks have been changed to articulated fork lift trucks. Or do you need to maximise your storage space from day one with new articulated trucks and a suitable pallet racking design? Call our pallet racking design team on 01765 640 160.

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How much does a mezzanine floor cost?

How much does a mezzanine floor cost per square meter or square foot?


Mezzanine floor costs are similar to building costs per square meter in that although people do used square meterage costs for provisional or budgets prices they do vary dramatically.


There are many things that affect the price of a mezzanine floors with size and specification being the obvious. The finished floor height often called the mezzanine FFL finished floor level will affect the cost and square meterage price as will the CUF or clear underfloor height.


One that is often overlooked by people when price shopping for mezzanine floors is the loadings, you may get a quote for a low rated mezzanine suitable for light storage only. If you add people working on the mezzanine using pallet trucks and add shelving or racking for mezzanine floors the loadings may need to be upgraded affecting the cost.


Another item that is often overlooked is the GRID this is the structural layout of the mezzanine floor and dependant on the structural loadings, structural calculations and structural design grids will vary. This impacts the number and positions of the columns and these can affect the usefulness of the area under the mezzanine floor.


The type length and specification of handrail including kick boarding and knee rails can dramatically affect the cost and look of a mezzanine floor. The deck finish if it is simply left as chipboard or requires a covering of chequer plate or polyfloor will again increase the cost as will items like pallet gates number, size and specification.


Building regulations compliance can have a big effect on prices with the addition of fire rating to columns and fire protection to the underside of the mezzanine floors. The number and type of staircases will of course have a large impact on prices. The specification of mezzanine floor staircases has changed in recent years so make sure that your mezzanine floor suppliers are fitting the correct type and number of staircases to meet the current UK building regulations.

If you would like any further advice on mezzanine floors call or mezzanine design team here in Yorkshire on 01937 585057

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Rack end Load Notices and Pallet racking safety inspections

Do you need rack end load notices and pallet racking safety inspections? Or perhaps you need a pallet racking safety inspection to make sure your racking is safe and free of potentially hazardous damage or defects.


Here at 2h Storage we can supply all your pallet racking requirements from pallet racking design, supply and installation of both new and used pallet racking. We can inspect your pallet racking and provide you with an easy to understand and comprehensive pallet racking safety report. This will detail any missing rack end load notices and meet the standards of the most stringent health and safety professionals.


We provide a full risk and method statement for our pallet racking safety inspections and provide an easy to follow but comprehensive electronic report within 48hrs of attending site.


Health and Safety in the work place is of paramount importance to your business. An Annual Rack Safety Inspection will help you ensure your warehouse is a safe place in which to work.


Under the current Health and Safety at Work Act 1974 and the Provision and Use of Work Equipment Regulations 5 & 6 1998 ALL


Racks and Shelving are required by law to have regular inspections.


Regular Rack Inspections help your business:


  • Comply with Health & Safety Regulations
  • Investigate the causes of damage and improved operating methods
  • Identify essential repairs
  • Reduce damage and maintenance costs in the future.
  • Documented inspections and maintenance of your ‘Work Equipment’
  • Improve internal inspection and reporting procedures


So for all your pallet racking safety and pallet racking inspection requirements call our warehouse safety team here in Yorkshire on 01937 585 057.

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Altering pallet racking

Altering pallet racking through racking design to increase pick and pallet positions

Often when contracts change or you inherit a warehouse or pallet racking the current layout is not the most efficient or best suited to your picking, size or volumes of product.

There are many options to increase the number of pallets or pallet racking bays with the correct pallet racking survey, product knowledge and a good site team. One of the first things to look at is the beam pitches this is the measurement between beams in the vertical direction up the racking bays. The number of levels and therefor pallet positions being stored can be increased if the beam pitches are reduced so an additional level can be added.

Changing the orientation of the racking from north to south to east to west or vice versa may increase the number of pallet positions achieved depending on the buildings layout and the type and size of pallets. One of the best ways to increase the number of pallet positions stored in a warehouse is by reducing the aisle widths. The increasing use of articulated fork lift trucks is allowing aisles to be dramatically reduced while still using a single type of truck to unload wagons and replenish pallet racking.

Ultimately you need to get a full building pallet racking survey and drawings produced, here at 2h Storage we can do this for you FREE of CHARGE so for all your pallet racking advice and design call our team here in Yorkshire.

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Pallet racking picking and stock control

Are you looking for a stock and product storage system for picking from pallet racking with lower hand picking levels may be the answer. It is common that some warehouse will be designed so pickers can pick direct from pallet locations at low levels while higher beam levels are used to store product before it is moved to a lower levels for picking.

This requires the correct management of fork lift trucks and warehouse personnel to avoid the obvious dangers. Often aisles will be chained off while pickers are operating in the aisles with set times for forklifts to replenish the pallet positions above.

If you would like any advice on pallet racking design and product and stock flow patterns call our team here at 2h Storage on 01765 640 160

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