What Size Wire Decking Do I Need?
Make sure you are buying the right size and style wire decking to fit your pallet racks.
What is Wire Mesh Decking
Wire mesh decking for pallet rack goes on top of the support beams and supports the pallet loads or hand stacked items that you want to put in the pallet rack. Wire decking adds safety to your racking and allows more flexibility with what you can load. It is the most economical and by far the most popular pallet rack decking option.
To see all pallet rack decking options available check out this previous post.
Styles of Wire Decking for Pallet Rack
Waterfall Wire Decking With U Support Channels
Pictured on left
Waterfalls over front and back with no hardware
Made for Roll Formed Step Beams
Waterfall Wire Decking With Flared Support Channels
Pictured in the middle
Used on Structural Beams or Box Beams with no step
Waterfalls over the front and back with no hardware
Inside Waterfall Wire Decking
Pictured on the right
Typically used in hand stacking applications to leave the front of the beam open for labels
Requires a step beam and 2 tek screws to fasten into place
How Do You Measure For a Wire Deck
To measure for wire decking you need to know
The Beam Width
The Upright Depth
Here quick guide table that will help you figure out which size wire deck you need for most standard size pallet racks.
SOMETHING TO NOTE: if you are measuring your current wire decking to match what you have, just know that wire decking is described in nominal dimensions. An outside waterfall wire deck that is 42" deep x 46" wide will actually measure closer to 43" deep and around 45.5" wide.
|24" deep upright||36" deep upright||42" deep upright||48" deep upright|
|4' wide beam||(1) 24" d x 46" w||(1) 36" d x 46" w||(1) 42" d x 46" w||(1) 48" d x 46" w|
|8' wide beam||(2) 24" d x 46" w||(2) 36" d x 46" w||(2) 42" d x 46" w||(2) 48" d x 46" w|
|9' wide beam||(2) 24" d x 52" w||(2) 36" d x 52" w||(2) 42" d x 52" w||(2) 48" d x 52" w|
|10' wide beam||(2) 24" d x 58" w||(2) 36" d x 58" w||(2) 42" d x 58" w||(2) 48" d x 58" w|
|12' wide beam||(3) 24" d x 46" w||(3) 36" d x 46" w||(3) 42" d x 46" w||(3) 48" d x 46" w|
You may notice that the total width of decking doesn't add up to the beam width. This is because you want a few extra inches separating the decks to make sure they are not jammed in there.
Capacities For Wire Decking Explained
Wire Decking can be bought with varying capacities depending on the weight of the load you are trying to support. The capacity of the decking is increased by:
- Increasing the number of channels underneath the deck supporting the wire
- Increasing the gauge of the wire
- Putting a tighter pattern on the wire
Standard capacities for all wire decks that we stock are above 2,500 lbs.
How To Buy Wire Decking
Southeast Pallet Rack Stocks Wire Decks in Birmingham, Alabama. All decks are waterfall style manufactured by Nashville Wire with 3 support channels. Here are the sizes that we keep in stock: