In order to transport timber pallets safely, they must be wrapped. But is this a process that is done via machine? Or can it be done by hand?

In this blog, we will provide guidance on how to wrap timber pallets. All whilst providing supplementary information to help you find the best solutions, and the answers you need.

A and M Pallets Ltd is an established and respected supplier and producer of a wide array of pallets. Our services are designed to provide many industries with safe, strong and superior pallets of many varieties.

Our solutions are sure to help those in need of pallets for all sorts of logistical needs. We provide full pallet delivery and collection services in Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Dorset, Wiltshire, and Avon.

What happens if I don’t wrap my timber pallets?

Skipping the wrap on your timber pallets can be a gamble. During transport, unwrapped items can become loose and vulnerable. Bumps, vibrations, and sudden stops can cause them to shift, collide, and potentially break, dent, or even get destroyed.

This risk of damage increases during outdoor storage or transport, where unwrapped goods are exposed to rain, snow, wind, and other elements. Exposure can lead to moisture damage, rust (for metal products), warping (for wood products), or even spoilage (for perishable goods).

Unwrapped pallets also make theft easier, since individual items are more likely to fall off or be stolen.

Beyond potential damage and theft, unwrapped pallets can cause inefficiencies in handling and storage. They can be more difficult and risky to handle with forklifts or pallet jacks due to loose items. In warehouses, unstable unwrapped pallets can be dangerous to stack securely, potentially leading to collapsed stacks and damaged goods.

While alternatives like strapping or shrink wrap can provide some additional security, they aren’t a perfect replacement for wrapping. Pallet choice can also be a factor: closed-bottom pallets offer more inherent stability than open-bottom designs.

The decision to wrap your pallets ultimately depends on your specific situation. Consider the value and fragility of the goods, the transport, or storage duration and conditions, and the overall cost-effectiveness.

Wrapping pallets offers a layer of security and protection that minimizes risks and ensures the safe and efficient handling of your goods. Remember, prevention is key!

By wrapping your pallets, you can avoid the potential headaches and extra costs associated with damaged or lost goods, as well as the inefficiencies caused by handling difficulties.

How to wrap timber pallets

How to wrap timber pallets

Wrapping timber pallets is a crucial step in securing them for transport or storage. Here’s a breakdown of the process to ensure your palletised goods arrive safely:


  • Stretch Wrap: This is the most common material used for wrapping pallets. Choose a stretch wrap with the appropriate gauge (thickness) for the weight of your palletised load. A thicker gauge offers greater strength for heavier loads.
  • Pallet Wrapping Machine (Optional): For high-volume operations or frequent wrapping needs, a pallet wrapping machine can significantly improve efficiency and consistency. However, manual wrapping with stretch film is also achievable.
  • Handheld Dispenser (Optional): If using stretch wrap manually, a handheld dispenser can make the process easier and smoother.

Steps (Manual Wrapping)

  1. Secure the Wrap: Start by attaching the end of the stretch wrap to the bottom pallet deck (wooden base) using a small loop or tucking it under a bottom board.
  2. Wrap the Base: Make several wraps around the bottom pallet deck to create a stable foundation and secure the goods to the base.
  3. Wrap Upward: While maintaining tension on the wrap, begin working your way upwards, encasing the sides of the pallet and the loaded goods. Overlap each layer of wrap by at least 50% to ensure a secure hold.
  4. Focus on Corners: Pay special attention to the corners of the pallet, as these are the most susceptible to damage. Make several criss-cross wraps around the corners to provide additional reinforcement.
  5. Reaching the Top: Once you reach the top of the load, wrap the stretch film securely around the top deck boards a few times to create a stable closure.
  6. Cut and Secure: Use a sharp blade to cut the stretch wrap, and tuck the end underneath the last wrap layer to secure it.

Here are some additional tips to ensure the best level of wrapping for your pallets:

  • Maintain Tension: Consistent tension on the wrap throughout the process is crucial for a secure hold. A loose wrap won’t effectively secure the load.
  • Smooth Application: Avoid snags or tears in the stretch wrap by ensuring a smooth and wrinkle-free application.
  • Weather Protection: If your palletized goods will be exposed to the elements during transport or storage, consider using a weatherproof stretch wrap or adding a pallet cover for additional protection.
  • Safety First: Be cautious when using a sharp blade to cut the stretch wrap. Always cut away from your body to avoid accidental injuries.

Are there alternatives to Stretch Wrap?

  • Shrink Wrap: In some cases, shrink wrap may be used instead of stretch wrap. This type of wrapping is heated to shrink and conform tightly around the pallet load.
  • Strapping: For extra security, especially for heavy loads, metal or plastic strapping can be used in conjunction with stretch wrap to provide additional reinforcement.

By following these steps and considering the additional tips, you can effectively wrap your timber pallets to ensure the safe and secure transport or storage of your goods. Remember, choosing the right materials and maintaining proper tension are key factors for successful pallet wrapping.

Where can I order timber pallets?

Where can I order timber pallets?

The easiest way to order new timber pallets for your needs, and to your specification, is by contacting A and M Pallets Ltd.

A and M Pallets Ltd is a leading supplier of various pallets for over 30 years. We know many of our customers have unique needs, this is why we cater specifically towards your exact preferences. We have the ability to design and manufacture almost anything you can ask for in a pallet. So what makes us special?

We cater to any quantity:

Need one pallet or a thousand? We’ve got you covered. For complete peace of mind, we offer samples so you can experience our premium craftsmanship first hand before committing to a large order.

Sustainability matters:

We source only virgin wood stock from the most responsible suppliers in the UK, supporting local sawmills and promoting environmentally conscious practices throughout our industry.

Experience the A&M difference:

Our time-tested production and delivery process ensures a smooth experience, getting you the high-quality pallets you need, exactly when you need them.

Order wood pallets today

Order wood pallets today

As the South West’s largest independent producer and supplier of new and reconditioned pallets, we at A and M Pallets Ltd pride ourselves on providing unrivalled services and the best possible pallets since 1989.

Our hard work, in addition to our loyal and ever-expanding customer base, has allowed us to provide comprehensive coverage through the South West and further afield though our four sites in St. Austell, Tavistock, Launceston and Willand.

Producing over 45,000 pallets a month, you can be sure we will have what you are looking for, whether it is used pallets, new pallets, plastic pallets or ISPM15 heat treated pallets, we are here to help.

In this blog, we hope to have explained how to wrap timber pallets. Whilst providing helpful additional information, including our unparalleled services. Our expert team is here to help you on each step of your journey with us, for more information, you can contact us here, or find us below at:

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