by Rakks | December 3rd, 2010
Picture this: You are designing new offices for a corporate client. You have drawn up floor plans for each of the typical offices and have selected the desks, seating, file cabinets and finishes. You have also decided that you want to have wall mounted shelves above each desk to store catalogs and binders. Has your design addressed the possibility that the shelves might bow as they are filled with office supplies and reference materials? Perhaps not?
Even in the world of design and architecture, for some, shelf deflection is a mystery. Shelf deflection refers to how much a shelf will bow when fully loaded and is based on the following factors:
- Stiffness of the shelf material
- Thickness of the shelf
- Depth of the shelf
- Anticipated loading
- Unsupported span
At Rakks, the careful planning of every project includes attention to such key details. Every day, our sales and design team works closely with architects, designers and other consumers to help them configure shelving systems that will perform as expected. It’s our goal to provide you with not only high quality products, but high quality information and advice that will ensure your shelving looks great and “holds up” under pressure.
For more information about the properties of our extruded aluminum shelving, visit http://www.rakks.com and see our product specifications section. Another great source for shelf deflection data is The Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI) which provides information for a variety of wood shelf configurations.