Crates: The Different Timber Options You Could Purchase

27 March 2017
 Categories: Industrial & Manufacturing, Blog


If your business requires the transportation and storage of products, then you undoubtedly require the use of crates to facilitate these processes. Crates can be made from an assortment of materials including plastic and metal. Nevertheless, timber remains a popular option for many businesses, as they are readily available. Moreover, timber crates are lightweight, making them much easier to handle when compared to their plastic and metallic counterparts. You even have the option of having your crates assembled according to the goods you are transporting or storing. To establish which types of crates would be suited to your needs, you need to be aware of which types you can choose from. Below are the different timber options you could purchase when buying crates.

Framed timber crates

This form of timber crate will not have any sheathing constructed on it. Instead, it comprises of a timber frame that simply functions to secure the contents of the crate. Framed timber crates will typically have a see through cube appearance. They are usually used in the transportation of bulky products such as machinery. However, if you are concerned about privacy you can opt to have a sheathing installed.

Closed timber crates

These types of crates are entirely enclosed using either planks or panels of timber. The framework of closed crates tends to appear similar to the same type of framework used in the creation of residential partition walls. Once the crate is assembled, a plywood sheathing is installed on the exterior of the crate to fortify it. This sheathing is further reinforced through the use of wooden planks which are spaced close to each other with some space left in between each plank.

Open timber crates

The construction of open timber crates closely resembles that of their closed counterparts. The main difference between the two types of crates is that the open timber crates will not have a plywood sheathing installed on them. Instead, open crates will only have wooden planks at the exterior to keep the form of the crate. You will also find that the space in between the wooden planks used for these crates would be a tad wider than that of closed crates. Open crates are best suited for the transport of perishable goods such as fruits, vegetables and more. This is because they provide sufficient ventilation to prevent the risk of your goods going bad while they are in transit.