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Industrial steel shelving (also known as warehouse shelving) can be used for a wide variety of applications so it’s important to make sure that you’re getting the right shelving for your particular needs. The main types of steel shelving include: die-shelving, pallet shelving, open shelving, and closed shelving.
Die-shelving and pallet shelving are for the most heavy-duty applications and are primarily used only in warehouses and factories. Open shelving and closed shelving, on the other hand, are considered “all purpose” shelving units and can be used everywhere from stock rooms and supply rooms to offices to restaurants.
Both open shelving and closed shelving tend to have capacities of about 250-750lbs per shelf, making them just right for most commercial shelving needs. So how do you know whether you should use open shelving or closed shelving?