Pallet sizes in the UK


The United Kingdom has adopted a standard pallet sizes system. This means that many of the same pallets are used throughout Europe. However, there are still some differences between pallets in the UK and those in other parts of Europe. Here’s what you need to know about them:

Pallet sizes

  • Pallet sizes in the UK are measured in inches.
  • The standard pallet size is 1,000 x 1,000 millimetres (or 4′ x 4′). This means that a pallet will measure 1 metre long by 1 metre wide.
  • Non-standard pallets can be any size, but they must always maintain the same shape and therefore cannot be more than twice as big as a standard pallet. For example, if you would like to double your load capacity then all you need to do is make your non-standard pallet twice as large!
  • Imagine a room full of standard sized boxes: each box has been neatly stacked on top of one another by their lids until there are no more boxes left for them to fit in. That’s how many standard sized boxes you can stack per square metre!

Standard pallet sizes

Most pallets used in the United Kingdom are made from wood, but other materials such as plastic and wire mesh are also common. In addition to the standard size of a pallet (1200mm x 1000mm), there are also several other standard sizes.

The 1200mm x 1200mm pallet is used by some businesses that need to store more items on their pallets at once. The larger surface area of this type of pallet allows you to put more items inside it at once, which can be helpful if you’re shipping heavy or fragile goods like glassware or electronics.

The 1500mm x 2000mm-sized pallets have become popular recently because they offer an optimal balance between small size and maximum capacity: they’re wide enough for large items like furniture pieces but still small enough so that they’re easy for workers who aren’t accustomed to handling large objects like beds or dining room tables with ease.

Non-standard pallet sizes

Sometimes, you might need a size that’s smaller than the standard pallet sizes. This is called a non-standard pallet size . For example:

  • Smaller items – If you’re shipping a small item that doesn’t need to be as secure, then it’s best to use the smallest possible non-standard pallet size so that this will keep your costs down.
  • Fragile items – Certain types of goods are more likely to break in transit if they are stacked too high or fall off their pallets during transportation. It is better for your business if these fragile products are packaged into smaller non-standard sized boxes so that they don’t have as much weight on them during transport.
  • More secure packaging – It may seem like overkill but some businesses prefer their goods being packed into the smallest available space possible because this makes theft more difficult (as there isn’t much space inside).

When it comes to pallet sizes, generally come in 1 of 4 different standard pallet sizes and a bunch of non-standard ones.

Most commonly you will see the following:

  • Standard Pallets – Commonly used by most industries. These are usually the best option if you are not sure which size to go for. The standard sizes are as follows:

1 small – 1200mm x 800mm (48 x 32 inches)

2 medium – 1600mm x 1200mm (63 x 48 inches)

3 large – 2000mm x 1400mm (79 x 55 inches)

4 extra-large / Jumbo – 2400mm x 1600mm (94 x 63 inches).


In conclusion, we hope this blog has helped you understand the different pallet sizes available in the UK. If there’s anything else you would like to know about them then please don’t hesitate to get in touch!

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