The three primary types of storage are dunnage racks, shelving units and wall shelving. All three provide excellent options for creating a customized storage scheme, but are most effective when combined.
- Low, very strong shelves intended to keep large items at least 12 inches of the floor.
- Sold individually, but can be linked together end-to-end, back-to-back or stacked.
- Ideal for keeping bulk items off the ground.
- Don’t provide a lot of clearance between the shelves when stacked.
Consider Dunnage Racks if:
- You have very large items that need to be staged or moved frequently.
- Your storage area is not permanent and needs to be cleared out for other uses.
- Rectangular blocks with multiple shelves.
- Can be combined to create highly versatile custom storage.
- Are typically around six feet tall with three to five shelves.
- In many units all or part of the shelves in a unit can be moved or removed based on the amount of space you need.
- Can’t store quite as much weight as dunnage racks, but the adjustable shelves allow large items to be stored on multiple shelves.
- Are usually purchased in sets of standard units or add-on units.
- Are safest when anchored in place, making them less mobile than dunnage racks.
Consider Shelving Units if:
- You have a wide variety of items to store.
- Your storage area is a permanent and won’t need to be used for something else.
- Is designed to attach directly to the wall, well above the ground.
- Small shelves are intended to make use of every scrap of space.
- Fits above appliances and work space where floor space is unavailable but storage is needed.
- Ideal if you have no floor space to dedicate to storage.
Consider Wall Shelving if:
- You need storage near large appliances or over furniture.
- You need just a little storage.