What is a Stillage?

Many customers approach our metalcagesandpallets.co.uk team to purchase stillages, but they don’t have the knowledge of what they are, what they do or the many different customisable options of stillages available from our range.

This article will tell you everything you need to know about a stillage and help you in choosing the right stillages for your business.


So, what is a stillage?

One of the most common questions our metalcagesandpallets.co.uk team is asked is ‘what is a stillage’?

"Melvyn, I have been asked to purchase a new stillage for our business but I don’t know what a stillage is or which stillage to purchase."

A stillage is usually designed and manufactured using steel and is used for separating and carrying goods, for example to move them around a factory floor or to aid in the transportation of goods.

Stillages can benefit your business by reducing the time it takes to load and unload your products during transportation to warehouses or end users.

Our stillages are often manufactured to be stackable, maximising factory floor space and helping your factory become more organised, making it easier to find the products you want when you need them. With customised options such as castor wheels, you could find that stillages can really improve your business’s operational efficiency and productivity.

Some stillages include a drop-front or top which makes it easier to add or remove products from the stillages when they are stacked, and we can also incorporate a hatch door for smaller items.

Each stillage by Metal Cages & Pallets has an optional galvanised finish, making each stillage even more durable so it can withstand heavy use and loads.

We pride ourselves on our bespoke stillage manufacture. Stillages can be customised to meet the needs of your business; whether you need more flexibility in your factory systems, safer storage or more secure transportation, Metal Cages & Pallets offers a wide range of options to help you create a product that suits the needs of your business and workforce.


What are some common types of stillage?

The most commonly used stillages are:



Customisable stillages


Stillages with removable dividers

These stillages are the most commonly used stillages; however, we offer many different customisable options such as stillages featuring removable dividers which makes it ideal for multiple smaller items, and dividers can be removed if you would prefer to store larger items.


Stillages with forklift guides

Some stillages also include forklift guides which makes the transportation of products via a forklift much safer and easier. The pallet is evenly balanced, giving the forklift driver much more control over the stillage’s load.

Forklift pockets product image 
A metal cage stillage with forklift guides that we manufacture.

Stillage With Castors
Stillage featuring optional heavy duty castors.

Stillages with castors

Stillages can also be fitted with 360-degree castor wheels instead of our standard fixed leg, making the stillage much easier to move around the warehouse. Even better, stillages with castor wheels allow you to move goods around your factory or warehouse without the need for a forklift – a truly flexible and versatile stillage solution.


Metal post stillage

Metal post pallet stillages are a great durable alternative to wooden pallets. They are similar to the our bin stillages but metal post pallet stillages have no sides and are used across all industries for transportation and storage.


Stillage trolley

If you don’t have a forklift, have limited licensed forklift operators or are struggling to move goods around your factory or warehouse, our range of stillage trolley's are designed and manufactured for ease of movement. We’ve improved and streamlined systems for our customers’ businesses with this innovative yet simple stillage option.

Our range of heavy-duty trolley stillages are purpose-designed to ensure that heavy material loads can be securely and safely transported around your workplace. Our range of British built trolley stillages are all equipped with heavy duty ‘360 brake’ castors. We can also manufacture customised stillage trolleys to your own bespoke requirements.


Stillage with hatch door

Storing smaller items in your stillage? When stillages are stacked, smaller items can be hard to reach. Our new hatch door allows stillages to be stacked safely but allowing easy access to the smaller products you’re storing.


Lockable Stillages

Our sheet steel lockable site boxes (stillages) offer a secure way of storing larger valuable items on building and construction sites, in warehousing and factory environments. Our lockable storage stillages are available in several sizes and can be ordered with or without forklift pockets or castors for easier manoeuvrability. 1 padlock and two keys are supplied with each box.


Drum Stillage

Our stackable drum stillages (or racks) are a strong, safe and versatile way of horizontally storing drums in your workplace. Each drum stillage features steel feet to allow for stacking, a tilted drum base and removable side braces.


FIBC Bulk Bag Stillages

Our range of bulk bag stillages can be used with 1 tonne woven poly/builders bags (FIBCs). Manufactured using mild steel, our metal bulk bag stillages and jib's are a durable and safe way to store and move loads.

We manufacture these bulk bag stillages ourselves so please contact us should you require any customisation. Our standard bulk bag stillage is available with or without fork-lift pockets and/or heavy-duty castors - again to aid mobility of heavy loads.


Why choose stillages by Metal Cages & Pallets?

Metal Cages & Pallets’ team has over 25 years’ experience in the engineering and manufacture of steel stillage products. Our industry experts have developed a wide range of storage and transportation solutions that meet the needs of a broad customer base, including those in the retail, manufacturing and nuclear sectors.

We’re located centrally close to the M6, making us accessible nationwide throughout the UK and beyond.

Our stillages are designed, engineered and distributed from our Greater Manchester base. We’re proud British manufacturers, sourcing our steel locally and engineering from scratch in the UK.

You can see every stillage and the customisable options we offer here.

If you require any more answers or assistance, or if you want something more bespoke to suit your own needs, then don’t hesitate to give us a call on 01942 386 830 or send us an email.


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The minimum order quantity for bespoke stillages is 5 units

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