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How Much Does Pallet Racking Cost?

Greg Conner & Ahmed Arif | 27 August 2020

There are many factors which must be considered when pricing the various types of pallet racking. For the most accurate pallet racking price you should always consult with your material handling provider. However, what if you’re only looking for a ROM (rough order of magnitude) or high-level estimate?  Below are a few rules of thumb that will help you determine a rough price estimate for pallet racking.


  • Estimates include materials, freight, installation & project management services.
  • Estimates do not include sales tax.
  • High seismic zone areas are not factored into our estimates.
  • Estimates were factored using 48” deep x 40” wide pallets with 2,500 pound maximum load.
  • Estimates were factored using 20” deep x 15” wide cartons with 40 pound maximum load.
  • Selective Rack, Drive-In Rack, Double Deep Rack, Push Back Rack, and Pallet Flow Rack estimates assume (4) pallet levels high per bay.
  • Selective Rack and Drive-In Rack Systems estimates assumed floor storage positions.
  • Narrow Aisle Rack estimates assume (8) levels high per bay with wire decks.
  • Carton Flow Rack estimates assume (4) levels high with 4-6 lanes per bay.


Selective Pallet Racking

Selective Pallet Racking

$50.00 – $75.00 per pallet position 

Add for Cross Bars

$12.00 – $16.00 per pallet position

Add for Wire Decking

$15.00 – $21.00 per pallet position

Add for Upright Protector

$20.00 – $30.00 ea.

Add for End of Aisle Protector  

$105.00 – $125.00 ea.

Drive-In Pallet Racking

Drive-In Pallet Racking (2-Pallets Deep)  

$121.00 – $135.00 per pallet position 

Drive-In Pallet Racking (3-Pallets Deep)

$118.00 – $132.00 per pallet position

Drive-In Pallet Racking (4-Pallets Deep)

$115.0 – 129.00 per pallet position

Pushback Pallet Racking

Pushback Pallet Racking (2-Pallets Deep)  

$151.00 – $181.00 per pallet position

Pushback Pallet Racking (3-Pallets Deep)

$176.00 – $216.00 per pallet position

Pushback Pallet Racking (4-Pallets Deep)

$210.0 – $250.00 per pallet position

Pushback Pallet Racking (5-Pallets Deep)

$243.0 – $273.00 per pallet position

Double Deep Pallet Racking

Double Deep Pallet Racking  

$75.00 – $105.00 per pallet position 

Cantilever Racking – Single Sided

Cantilever Racking – Single Sided  

$850.00- $1,700.00 per bay 


Cantilever Racking – Double Sided

Cantilever Racking – Double Sided  

$1,100.00 – $2,500.00 per bay 


Considerations for Projects:

Product Specifications

  • The best rack solutions start with what is being stored.  Be prepared to provide all the different types of pallets you plan to store in the pallet racking.  Four-way, Two-way, Winged, Skids, 9-Block, etc. are just a few types of pallets that are stored in racking.  To properly design a rack solution, your pallet rack provider must take into consideration how to properly support your products.

  • Consider your pallet loads and their basic characteristics, such as overhanging product, max and min heights, and any special requirements like first in first out (FIFO) or last in first out (LIFO).

  • Commonly overlooked is what type of mobile equipment or forklift will be used to pick and place pallets into the rack.  Sizing of aisles and maximum height of the rack are directly related to the mobile equipment to be used with the rack.


  • Permitting is quickly becoming a requirement in many municipalities and states. Prior to starting any designs, you should determine whether the rack or the installation is subject to any permits at the local or state level.  Timing to obtain a permit may also be a factor, so please allow for the appropriate amount of time to apply for the permit and any associated plan reviews and discussions. 
  • As part of the design of the racking solution and permitting process, a Professional Engineer (PE) who is licensed in the state where the project will take place is most often a requirement.  The PE will look at numerous factors in the design, including seismic considerations.
  • Inspections may be a requirement as part of the installation and/or close out of a permit.  Follow any local or state level requirements for inspections.   

Additional Design Thoughts

  • Many clients will use the maximum pallet weight for the design of their pallet rack solution.  If you have a wide spectrum of pallet weights, using your heaviest pallet load is going to require more substantially higher capacity beams, costing you more money.  Consider spending some time to slot your products and requirements for how many “heavy” locations you need versus using an average pallet weight to right size your pallet rack solution. 

As always, consider leveraging an integrator such as Bastian Solutions to help with this work so you can optimize your solution.

Pallet racking is an efficient and effective solution for warehouse storage, but there are a lot of factors to consider when finding the best type to meet your operation’s needs. Everything from floor space, product size and shelf life, how often pallets will be accessed, and obviously, cost, should be considered. To find the solution that will work best for your operation, and to get a more accurate pallet racking price, contact us.

Author: Ahmed Arif, Greg Conner

As the Director of Sales for Bastian Solutions, Ahmed and his teams are responsible for helping our customers achieve their goals in manufacturing, distribution, warehouse management, and logistics. A graduate of Purdue University, Ahmed has been with Bastian Solutions for more than twelve years in a variety of roles. 

I joined Bastian Solutions in 2005 after graduating from Purdue University. My first role was as a project engineer before transitioning to a field application engineer. After seven years, I became regional director of Indiana, overseeing all local FAEs as well as Bastian Solutions’ e-commerce business. In 2016, I was promoted to Vice President, Eastern U.S. where I oversaw sales and operations for all Eastern U.S. offices. In 2019, I was promoted to Vice President of Global Sales, now overseeing international operations and global marketing.


Steven Cohen says:
8/28/2020 09:32 AM

Very well written...

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