Boltless shelving is a very popular type of shelving because of the time and money-saving benefits it offers. Unlike other types of shelving and racking which may require extensive work to install, boltless shelving is quick and easy to set up. You don’t even need a toolbox to do the job – all that is required is a rubber mallet or simple hammer. Because it is a straightforward procedure, anyone with a basic knowledge of how to assemble furniture and storage systems can successfully install boltless shelving. This saves the expense of bringing in an expert to put your shelving together. Here are the key steps in setting up boltless shelving. Note that they may differ slightly according to different products.
Unpack and arrange the parts
To begin, remove your shelving components from their packaging and arrange like parts together. Clear some floor space to do this and ensure colleagues or employees do not walk through it while you are busy.
Attach the feet
Your shelving should come with feet – attach these to the bottom of what will be the upright posts and lay them back on the floor.
Connect the posts
Working with two upright posts at a time, connect them by attaching a side beam for each level of shelving you need. If your shelving will use clips instead of beams, insert these instead. Push the beams into place and then push the fixing lugs through the widest part of the locks, tapping the beams with the hammer or mallet until they click into place. In the interests of stability, ensure that your bottom-most shelf is not too high off the ground.
Insert the shelves
Carefully stand up the two sets of joined upright posts and connect them together. Your frame should now be complete. Add a centre beam for support if necessary. Then slide your shelving surfaces into the slots on the frame. Secure them in place, and you are almost finished with the set-up.
Inspect the work
Before stacking any items on the shelving, check that the shelves are completely flat and that everything is tight and secure. If any shelves are not entirely horizontal, it is probably because the supporting beams need to be aligned – take care of that, check again, and then you can move your stock to your new shelving.
If you need to make any changes later, it is no problem at all. Boltless shelving is easy to adjust – it can be reconfigured as necessary, without causing any damage to the structure. It is also easy to move around.
Boltless shelving may be a breeze to install and use, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t tough – it is able to hold significant loads and can be used in heavy duty applications, for example in industrial warehouses. It is structurally very sturdy and safe, with no loose parts to worry about. Maintenance is also made easy, as small bits and pieces like nuts and bolts, which need regular checks and replacement in other types of shelving, are not present.