Wire shelving is a particular type of shelving unit wherein the base or surface upon which items are placed is composed of several interwoven or latticed metal rods. Like all shelving, these serve to maximize vertical and horizontal spaces for the purpose of increased storage, which allows for faster process flows and increased productivity in a number of industrial and commercial settings.
Wire shelving is also found in residential areas in need of organization or storage and may even be used as presentation shelves. The transparent appearance provided by the porous wire grid is less imposing than alternative paneled shelving systems and also means that units are less prone to dust collection, making them particularly well suited to medical and food processing industries among others. In factories and warehouses that might have expansive storage shelving, wire is often chosen to better comply with building and fire safety codes as emergency sprinkler systems are not impeded by the open surfaces. Air circulation is likewise unhindered by wire grids. Although water and air may freely pass through the shelving, the porous construction does not mean that this type of shelf cannot be closed for better product security. In fact, closed wire shelving provides the security of lockable panels while maintaining visibility for easy monitoring of inventory. For both open and closed designs, however, it is important to consider the slit size of each shelf in comparison to the products it will house. The slit size should be smaller to prevent items from falling through or becoming stuck.