Van shelving in Australia can be tricky to locate and install. Utilise these handy tips to guide you how to do van shelving correctly and ensure you have the perfect combination of design, accessibility and convenience.
Types of van shelving available
When it comes to van shelving you can either go professional with your van racking or you can DIY and build it yourself which gives you more flexibility for design. Van shelving tends to be made from aluminium or wood.
Aluminium shelves are not only durable but tend to be light-weight, making it a popular choice for many people. However, it is important to keep in mind aluminium van shelving can be costly so may not be the best choice if you are looking for van shelving that does not burn your pockets.
Aluminium shelving can be adjustable and wielded into desired places. Adjustable systems are simple to install and arrange.
Steel van racking is more cost effective than aluminium, but it is important to keep in mind it is heavy. Typically, steel is 10-15% heavier than aluminium. On the plus side, steel van racking is more flexible than aluminium or wood which allows for a more personable design approach. If you are using your van shelving for heavy objects or tools, steel is an ideal choice for you.
Wood racking can be customised to whatever you desire which makes it an ideal option for van shelving. Keep in mind wood can be heavy.
Weight – for van shelving
Most vans can hold roughly 500-800kg. Something important to know is each kg adds to your fuel consumption – so if you want to keep your fuel price down, be mindful of this.
Van shelving and racking ideas that work well
1) Make a false bed with access at the back and side door
If you are a carpenter or electrician and need to transport large pieces of wood this solution is perfect for you. This false floor will add additional storage and mobility for your van.
2) Build a wooden cabinet in the side door for toolboxes and objects
A creative van shelving idea is to build an in-built cabinet in your van with easy accessibility. This will be a good place to store tools or objects. A good idea is to plan out the cabinet before building it so you can design it according to your needs.
3) Put your side door cabinet on a swivel foot
If you want to be able to access your van racking cabinet from inside, put the entire cabinet on a swivel plateau. This will give you greater accessibility and you can have access inside or outside the van.
4) Build a draw at the back of your van or side door
Draws can be ideal for storing small gadgets and helping keep your van shelving organised. Most people tend to put draws at the back of a van, but try and put them on the side door to create more space and easier accessibility.
5) Build a slide-out work bench
Have you ever not had enough space in your van for building? Why not build a simple slide-out work bench. The best material to use is plywood and this will generate more work space for you without needing to go back to the workshop or office.