Push Back Pallet Rack


Push back racking (also referred to as “pushback” racking) is a pallet storage method that allows pallets to be stored from 2 deep to 6 deep on either side of an aisle, thereby giving you higher storage density than other forms of racking. By using a push back rack system, you can double or triple your storage compared to standard pallet rack or double deep racking systems. Push Back Pallet Rack Systems are available in either Roll Form or Structural Pallet Rack configurations depending on capacities or preference of the customer. Push Back Pallet Rack Systems are considered last-in/first-out systems (LIFO).


A Roll Form Push Back Pallet Rack Systems may feature skatewheels which will divide the beams into product lanes. When a pallet is loaded onto the beam, it pushes an existing pallet back. When a pallet is removed, the pallet(s) behind it roll forward. This is referred to as a Pallet Flow System.


A Structural Pallet Rack Push Back System may feature nested carts, which sit at the front of the beams. When a pallet is loaded, an existing pallet and cart will be pushed back with the newly-loaded pallet resting on the cart that was nested below the first.


Below is a table that helps us configure push back rack based on pallets per product lane along with the corresponding lane depth:


Pallets Per Product Lane Depth

Lane Depth

1 – 4 Standard Rack
5 – 8 2 Deep Push Back
9 – 12 2 – 3 Deep Push Back
13 – 16 3 – 4 Deep Push Back
17 – 20 4 – 5 Deep Push Back
OVER 20 5 – 6 Deep Push Back


Advantages of Push Back Pallet Rack:

  • The ability to offer both selectivity AND high-density storage – these characteristics have made push back rack grow in popularity in recent years.
  • Offers much better use of existing pallet storage space than most storage systems – push back can offer up to 2x to 3x more storage space compared to standard selective rack.
  • Allows storage for a greater number of SKUs
  • Each lane is LIFO (last in, first out), but FIFO (first in, first out) can easily be achieved with the proper design
  • Because forklifts never have to enter the push back rack system, this helps prevent rack damage to the uprights
  • The single-aisle design allows for much more storage rack area!
  • Push back rack requires little to no maintenance
  • To maximize space, Push back is often used in combination with Drive-In Rack, making it a combination rack system.


Push back Racking with carts
Push back pallet rack with skatewheel
Push back pallet racking
Push back rack

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