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Shelving Suggestions for Storage

Updated: Apr 14


A storage unit is a great way to get organized and store needed, but not often used, items. Organize your unit in a way that is effective for your specific demands. If you have a lot of items in a unit, we recommend taking some time to catalog what’s there and store it in a way that makes it easy to retrieve. Storing products in only helpful if you know what you have and where it is.


Racking systems and heavy-duty shelving are great for larger units. If you plan to store anything long term, you’ll want shelving that is made of a high quality and durable material to make sure that you don’t open that door one day just to see everything has crashed down and gotten damaged. Here are some considerations when it comes to shelving inside a storage unit.


Size


Think of the overall size of the racking that you want in the unit. Do you want the racking to take up the entire unit or would you rather leave part of the space open for future use or for very large items? Do you want it to go floor to ceiling or leave some space to hang items, such as bikes or skis, from the top of the unit? There’s no one-size-fits-all solution here. The size of your system depends on your needs and what you’re storing. Make a list of what you want to send (or what’s already there), and it’ll help you determine how much shelving to get and how much space you want it to fill.


Shape


When it comes to shape of the shelving system, think about the sizes of boxes you’ll want on each shelf and the types of items you’ll be placing on the shelves. Do you have oddly shaped items you’ll need to fit on or around your racks? If so, factor in how you’ll need to set up the shelves or how the shelving will need to be placed to accommodate those. Also think about if you want to create isles within your unit. In general, aisles help with maximizing space and ease of accessing your belongings. Make a visual map of your space before you purchase the racking and get it all set up.


Weight


This is very important because it will help determine the type of material you use for your racking. Are you storing lighter items such as crafting supplies or shipping materials that would work okay on affordable, smaller plastic shelves? Maybe you have fragile items like home décor or antiques that need a smooth but heavy-duty plastic surface that will stay level and sturdy but won’t scratch or damage any of the items. Maybe you’re storing very heavy items like car parts or tools that need strong steel shelving. If you have a combination of products, it may be helpful to get different types of shelving materials for different needs.


Placing shelving in a unit can bring order to an otherwise large dumping-ground for stuff. A little time with setup today will save a lot of headache in the future.

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