Understanding the uses and types of rivet shelving

All commercial shelving systems are available in a range of sizes and load-bearing strengths, but before you calculate the specifications needed for your products you should give thought to the best shelving type to meet current and future needs.

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What are rivet shelves?

Rivet shelving should not be confused with “steel shelving”. Although rivet shelves are often steel, the industry reserves the latter term for shelving constructed using clips or nuts and bolts. Rivet shelves, by contrast, are pre-fabricated with rivets that slot into grooves. They can, therefore, be assembled and disassembled very quickly, by hand or with a rubber mallet, but without compromising on rigidity and load capacity.

Types of rivet shelf

Although often steel, such shelves can also be constructed from wood, plastics or other metals. For the decking a hybrid mix of materials is not uncommon – wooden or lightweight plastic shelves can be constructed …

Which Shelving Types Suit Which Uses?

Shelving is a wonderful way to add more flexibility to a space, whether that is in our homes, sheds or businesses. It transforms a space to allow versatility and more options. The types of shelving available are built to suit different uses, and they have different construction and materials. Before choosing the right shelving for your requirements, consider what they are and how they might change in the future.

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Built-in shelving tends to be for domestic spaces and fits neatly into alcoves, such as the space on either side of a chimney. Fixed bracket shelving is the most common domestic option, with the brackets fixed directly to the wall and shelves placed across them. They can hold a significant amount of weight, but they might not always be suitable for industrial use. Adjustable shelving systems are another option, with adjustable brackets to achieve different heights on the shelves.