Last edited 23 Apr 2021

Pallets in construction


A pallet is a structure used to support goods and materials as they are being stored and moved. While most pallets are made of timber, they can also be made from plastic, metal, paper and other recycled materials.

Building materials such as bricks, blocks, and roofing tiles can be stored on pallets and secured with strapping, shrink wrap, and so on. They can then be transported to a site where they can be moved around using a forklift truck, pallet jack, or crane. They are typically square, or nearly square shaped to help resist tipping.

Timber pallets generally comprise three or four stringers supporting several deckboards. When measuring pallets, the stringer length is the first number, and the deckboard length is the second number.

There are no universally accepted standards for pallet dimensions, and hundreds of different pallet sizes are used around the world.

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