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Opening a store is a costly affair, so aspiring businessmen try to keep their costs down. For example, you can make trade racks yourself. It’s easy enough, especially if you know a few secrets that will be discussed in this article.

Types of trade racks

Before figuring out how to make a rack with your own hands, you should understand the differences in the models.

Shelves are:

  • Wall mounted. Such structures are placed along the walls of the hall and have shelves located only on one side. On some models, hooks are mounted on which various goods are suspended.
  • Island. Shelves of this type are placed anywhere in the hall and have shelves located on all sides.
  • Corner.
  • End, ending or beginning a shopping mall.

What can be used to make a rack

For the production of commercial shelving they use:

  • metal;
  • wood;
  • plastic;
  • glass.

The greatest demand is for metal store racks, which are distinguished by their strength and long service life. Combined options are also popular, in which metal is combined with chipboard or MDF. Most of them can be made by hand.


A simple do-it-yourself rack can be assembled using a simple set of tools, including: a screwdriver, a hacksaw designed for cutting metal, and a tape measure.

If you need to make several models, it is better to use a grinder, screwdriver and other tools that will help facilitate the work.

What is required

Before reading how to make a store rack, find out what you need. For a product with dimensions of 200x155x45 cm, take:

  • six pipes 3 m long each;
  • Eight 3-sided corner and shelf clamps;
  • self-tapping screws.

For the manufacture of shelves, you can use a sheet of plywood with a thickness of 1.5 cm.

How to make a shelving yourself: the order of work

The initial stage of work on the manufacture of a rack is the creation of a sketch. The drawing helps to present the product in finished form and, if necessary, make adjustments to its design. In addition, you should decide in advance where this equipment will be located.

In order to end up with a classic rack, you need to make the following parts (all in the amount of 4 pieces):

  • vertical racks 200 cm high;
  • side frame components 40 cm long;
  • front and rear frame parts 155 cm long.

Practical advice on how to make a durable shopping rack yourself

All basting of parts before cutting metal or plywood should be done with chalk, preferably well sharpened, so that a clear thin line is obtained.

Cutting parts from metal pipes should be carried out on a flat surface, which will eliminate the occurrence of distortions.

Assembly and installation

When asking the question of how to make racks, people most often mean their assembly and installation. Both depend on the type of such equipment.

If the model is subsequently mounted on the wall, then it is assembled separately, and then mounted on the wall using brackets.

The entire rack is assembled starting from its corners. For this purpose, side frames are attached to the vertical posts, which are already fixed on the wall. During installation work, all racks are checked with a building level, and the diagonal is checked with a tape measure. Locksmith corners will help to ensure connections at exactly 90 degrees.

If the strength of the rack is of paramount importance and it does not matter for you whether it is collapsible or not, then you can connect the parts by welding.

After completing the assembly, you can install the shelves and fix them.


Now that you know how to make your own shelving, you can think about its design. The easiest way is to simply paint the surface of the store rack in a color that matches the overall color scheme of the sales area.

If you used chrome metal parts, then staining is not required. At the same time, it is always worth remembering that even a simple shelf or rack can say more about your store than the most gorgeous description or advertisement. All these little things form the general idea of ​​the buyer about your store. Don’t underestimate such things!

Post Author: Rachel Reinbauer

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