Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-in pallet racking is a storage solution used in warehouses to maximise space efficiency by minimising the number of aisles between racks. It’s designed for high-density storage and is particularly suited for storing large quantities of similar products.

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What Are Drive-In Pallet Racking Systems?

Drive-in pallet racking systems are high-density storage which allow products to occupy most of the available space. The system best suits a LIFO system (Last-In, First-Out) with pallets fixed on rails and accessible from one end. If the system is configured for drive-through, pallets can be accessed from both ends for a First-In, First-Out (FIFO) stock rotation.


  • Efficient Storage Option
  • Reduced Risk of Product Damage
  • Ideal for Chilled or Frozen Storage
  • Low Maintenance and Assembly Costs
  • Enhanced Safety
  • High Storage Capacity
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Drive-in pallet racking systems will vary depending on the requirements of the warehouse and the products being stored although some of the common specifications include:

  • Dimensions and Weight Capacity – drive-in racking is usually designed to accommodate standard pallet sizes but can be customised to other dimensions if needed. The weight capacity per pallet position is a critical specification and can vary significantly – your unique requirements need to be taken into consideration with the initial design stage.
  • Height and Depth – the height and depth will depend on the size of the available area within the warehouse – although they can be up to ten pallets deep and some systems can reach over nine metres high.
  • Materials – most drive-in pallet racking systems are made from high-strength steel to be capable of withstanding heavy product loads as well as the wear and tear of forklift traffic.
  • Rail Design – the rails are typically adjustable to accommodate different pallet weights and can be reinforced for additional strength.
  • Forklift Access – the design needs to allow for the turning radius and lifting capacity of the forklifts used – including the height and width of the entry points into the racking system.

A variety of drive-in racking system accessories are available to help organisations optimise the system for their specific needs and uses and to ensure a safer, more organised and efficient warehouse. Some accessories include:

  • Guide Rails – installed on the floor along drive-in lanes will help direct forklifts as they enter and exit racking lanes.
  • Column Protectors – installed at the base of the rack uprights to protect against potential forklift impacts.
  • Guards and Bumpers – able to help protect the racking from forklift impacts.
  • Wall or Back-to-Back Ties – to anchor racks to each other or the wall for additional stability.
  • Safety Netting – attached to the sides or back of racks to prevent pallets or products from falling and enhance safety in the warehouse.
  • Safety Signs and Labelling – clear labels and signs are crucial for safe and efficient operation including load capacity, operating instructions and safety warnings.
  • Back Stops – placed at the rear of each lane to prevent pallets or products from falling through when loaded.
  • Entry Guides at the Front of Rails – used to help guide the pallet into the bay without causing damage to either side.

Benefits of Drive-In Racking Systems

Efficient Storage Solutions

Drive-in pallet racking systems offer exceptional efficiency in space utilisation making them a perfect choice for warehouses where floor space is a premium. They can minimise the need for multiple aisles and allow forklifts to load or unload pallets with easy access.

Reduced Risk of Product Damage

Drive-in pallet racking is designed to store pallets in a continuous block. The design minimises the need for forklifts to manoeuvre between racks, reducing the risk of collision, and, as pallets are supported along their length, the risk of product shifting is reduced, minimising losses due to damage.

Chilled and Frozen Storage

Drive-in racking is ideal for chilled and frozen storage environments as the dense storage capabilities reduce the volume of air that needs chilling, lowering energy consumption and costs.

This is particularly beneficial for storing large quantities of perishable goods, which require specific temperature conditions.

Low Maintenance and Assembly Costs

With fewer moving parts and a straightforward structural layout, there’s less need for ongoing maintenance. The robust construction of drive-in racking is typically made from high-strength steel components, which resist damage – lowering maintenance requirements further.

These systems are easy to install thanks to their modular design and simple to reconfigure or expand.

Enhanced Safety

Drive-in racking systems are designed with safety first. They reduce the need for forklifts, minimising the risk of accidents and the structure is robust and stable, offering a secure environment for storing heavy, bulky items and preventing them from falling, reducing the likelihood of workplace injuries or damage to goods.

High Storage Capacity

Optimised for space efficiency, drive-in pallet racking offers high storage capacity in a dense configuration, maximising the usable footprint of the warehouse. This is particularly beneficial for warehouses with limited floor space but a high stock volume.

Drive-in racks enable more pallets to be stored per cubic metre than other conventional pallet racking systems.

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