Things to Know Before Buying Garage Shelving
If you are looking for extra storage space in your garage, shed or workshop then versatile shelving units are the ideal solution.
Shelving units that are suitable for storing heavy items in your garage or workshop should be made of strong materials with a thick metal frame to support the weight. The frame is usually coated to provide protection against corrosion and rust and helps the shelving unit stay strong and look good for many years.
Garage storage systems are usually made from thick MDF that will not sag or bend under heavy weights. Some use a moisture resistant MDF. If your choice of garage shelving unit does not, it may be worth protecting the garage shelves themselves with a good waterproof finish if there is a danger of them getting wet.
Some garage shelving units have reinforced wire shelves and these look smart enough for any room in the home. This type of wire shelf makes handy extra storage in a kitchen, utility room or playroom.
These types of shelves are designed with wide bases to make them stable. However, you should always fix shelving units to the wall to prevent them toppling. This is particularly important if you are storing weighty items or if children might have access to the shelves.
You should take care to spread the weight evenly over the shelves and store the heaviest items on the lowest shelves.
Many garage storage shelves have adjustable or non-slip feet to increase stability.
Most garage wall shelving comes in a range of sizes and the shelf units are adjustable, providing you with many shelving options for your particular storage requirements. In addition, many garage storage shelf units have a modular design. This means they can be set up as a tall shelf or a lower, wide bench. Many garage shelving units also come with connectors so you can clip several units together to form a bespoke storage area.
Assembling the Shelves
Most garage storage units are easy to assemble as they have a bolt free design so you don’t need any tools for assembly. However, you may find that a large flat head screwdriver and rubber mallet will be necessary to knock everything home securely. Often two people are needed to assemble the unit. Don’t forget to assemble the shelves as close to their final location as possible as the shelving units will be bulky and heavy once assembled.
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