Office Shelving

About Shelving & Racking

Office shelving is an essential part of office furniture as it helps to keep the workplace organised and tidy. You can store a number of office supplies on office shelves, such as documents, books and folders

Here at Mantuan, we offer a wide range of office shelving units in a variety of sizes, styles and materials, so you can find an option to suit your requirements. This includes shelving kits, open or closed back shelving as well as single and duo shelves

We also supply office shelving accessories (such as wall fixings and extra shelves) and a range of other office storage solutions, such as cupboards and cabinets. Some of these products will also feature secure locking systems if you’re looking to store valuable items such as laptops or confidential paperwork.

If you have any questions about our office shelving units or our other products, please feel free to contact us and a member of our friendly sales team will be happy to help.

Why choose Manutan?

If you order office shelves online with us, you’ll benefit from free delivery, free returns (within 30 days), a choice of payment options, plus, we’ll beat any price by 5% if you’ve found a better deal elsewhere!

You can also count on us to provide excellent customer care as we strive to deliver you the highest quality products for your business’s needs.

How do I choose the right office shelving or racking system?

We understand the importance of selecting the right shelving for office spaces, which is why we have listed some considerations for you to make to help you find the best office shelving unit for your needs:

What do you want to store?

Considering what items you will likely be storing is essential for determining the right capacity and size of your shelving unit.

  • We offer light duty units which are perfect for general purpose storage of files, boxes, cleaning or office supplies. Our range of office, chrome catering and budget shelving all include light duty options.
  • Medium duty shelving ranges in capacity from 200-340kg UDL per shelf. This selection is ideal for stockrooms, schools or warehouses.
  • Heavy duty shelving is much more durable and depending on your requirements, capacity ranges between 400-720kg UDL per shelf. We also offer heavy duty pallet racking options.

All our shelving comes with a maximum UDL (Uniformly Distributed Load) capacity per shelf which informs you of the maximum weight you can load onto the shelf evenly.

What environment are your shelves for?

Below we’ve highlighted which types of shelving are suitable for certain areas:

  • Heavy duty,longspan or pallet racking is best suited to factories, warehouses and stockrooms.
  • Stainless steel or catering shelving is durable and resistant to corrosion. It's easy to clean and ideal for kitchens, stockrooms and hospitals.
  • Chrome shelving units have wire shelves offering ventilation - ideal for airflow around food and avoiding dust build up. The attractive finish also makes them popular in stockrooms.
  • Tyre racks are simple and cost effective storage in garages.
  • Vertical racks for storing sheet material, pipes or bars vertically.

How will you use them?

How will your shelving be loaded? Will they be loaded by hand or machine?

Palletised loading

The vast majority of the range can be hand loaded, but if you require warehouse shelving to accommodate palletised loading, our pallet racking is the best option.

Quick Picking

To ensure picking is efficient in your business, shelving secured with tie plates for double sided runs ensures workers can gain access from both sides.

If you only need single sided access, sloping shelves are ideal as items can quickly be identified.

How much available space do you have?

If you have a larger area to fill, you can save on costs by opting for starter and extension bays. The starter and extension bay will all need to be the same height and depth, but the width of the shelving units can vary to suit your needs.

If you’re looking for office shelving to suit a smaller area, wall-mounted office shelves will save floor space.

Getting the right shelving is crucial for your business and workforce productivity. Please don't hesitate to get in touch if you need help finding the best system for you. If you need help with design and installation, see our project area for further info.

Find more tips on choosing the right office shelves here.

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What to put on office shelves

Office shelves can be used to store a number of office essentials, such as:

  • Books and magazines
  • Stationery
  • Folders, files and binders
  • Plastic storage boxes containing supplies
  • Media such as CDs, DVDs
  • Other equipment and supplies such as paper and boxed goods

Pallet racking can store heavier and bulkier items in more spacious environments.

What is office shelving made of?

You can find office shelves in a range of materials, including melamine, chipboard, plastic and steel. Steel is a particularly robust material which resists damage, making it an ideal material for shelving and racking in warehouses and offices.Some office shelving units also feature antibacterial coating which helps to prevent the growth of bacteria, keeping your office space clean and hygienic.

Does office shelving need to be bolted to the floor?

You should bolt office shelving if it’s located in an area where mechanical handling equipment is used or if there is a risk of the storage racks falling. All types of pallet racking will need to be secured to the ground in accordance with the Rack Manufacturers Institute (RMI).

How much weight can office storage units hold per shelf?

How much weight a shelf of an office shelving unit can hold will vary across models and types of shelving. That said, the UDL of shelves could be up to 250kg for light duty shelving and up to 800kg for heavy duty shelving. You should always check the product specifications to ensure you’re aware of its capacity. It’s important not to overload shelves as this could risk the unit breaking and items may become damaged or fall onto employees - something you certainly want to avoid in a working environment.

What types of office shelves are there?

Here at Manutan, we offer a range of shelving for office spaces, these options include:

  • Open back shelving
  • Closed back shelving
  • Wall-mounted shelves
  • Freestanding shelving bays

You can of course find the above options in different sizes with different load capacities.

Please do get in touch with us if you have any further questions. Alternatively, you can find additional information on shelving for offices in our blog, including the following articles:

  • Shelving - know its limits
  • Shelving, racking and how to prevent accidents
  • Shelving or racking? Choose the right system