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September 15, 2020

Designing Selective Rack Based on Pallet Sizes

Bay dimensions for drive in pallet racking example

What came first; the pallet or the pallet rack? This question is rhetorical, as all of us know the pallet came first! Fun fact: racking came about in the early 1900s as a way to store pallets vertically to save space (AMH).

It’s important to remember that pallet sizes always determine pallet rack dimensions.

This chart will help you quickly and easily identify the beam lengths and upright depths you need based on your customer’s pallet sizes.

We included the 10 most common pallet sizes in the U.S.


rack by pallet size chart

Download the chart plus helpful notes and illustrations here


Note: This chart assumes that the pallet load is the same size as the pallet. If the load overhangs the pallet at all – especially side to side – that will affect the beam length.

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