2 Quick Ways to Secure Longspan Shelving for Increased Stability

on February 07, 2024

Long Span Shelving is Generally Stable for Lighter Loads on Flat Even Floors

Falcon’s longspan shelving is generally quite stable, if the floor is flat and even and the loads on the shelves are not too heavy. However, if the floors are uneven or you need to load up the shelves with heavier items you may need to fasten your shelving to the floor. Fastening is also recommended for high traffic areas or where you need steps or mechanical aids to reach items at higher levels. There are a two main ways that this additional security can be achieved.


1. Fastening the Shelving to the Floor

Our longspan shelving units come with footplates that have predrilled holes in them, so they can be easily be fastened to the floor. The holes are 12mm in diameter (see image below).

For concrete floors, Dynabolts or Boa Coils can be used to fasten the units to the floor.

Floor Levelling Plates

If the floor is uneven, then floor levelling plates can be used to adjust the shelving until it is horizontal. Falcon’s floor levelling plates are 1.5mm thick and are designed to fit between the footplate of a longspan unit and the floor (see image below). They can be stacked if greater adjustment is required.


2. Fastening the Shelving to the Wall

If it isn't practical to drill into the floor, then it is possible to fasten Falcon’s longspan shelving to the wall. Using this method, the unit should remain standing with its footplates on the floor.


Direct attachment to the Wall

The locking pin holes in the sides of the longspan uprights (see image below) can be used to fasten the unit directly against a wall with screw-in anchors or screw bolts. For example 6mm AnkaScrews can be used to fasten the uprights to a masonry wall.

Tip - for maximum strength, drill an undersize hole and then redrill it to the correct size to minimise drill wobble. For a tight fit, screw the bolt in about halfway, then back it out before screwing it down tight.


Offset attachment to the Wall

If it's not practical to position the units directly against the wall, then "rods" can be used to offset the units from the wall. The image below shows how the upright can be bolted to an, "offset rod". The offset rod can then be fixed to the wall.


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