Metal shelving might sound like something made for an industrial storage unit, but there is a wide variety of products on the market suitable for all kinds of environments – from warehouses and offices to sheds and homes.
If you’re still not convinced, read on for some inspiration for how to use metal shelving in a range of places and to find out just why it’s such a good storage solution.
In the office …
All offices have clutter that needs to be stored – whether it’s books and folders or electrical equipment and office supplies. A versatile shelving unit that is easy to put together is a great addition to any office, as you can change it to meet your needs.
Choose a shelving system with a boltless construction and you won’t struggle to put your unit together – or to remove and add shelves if you want to adapt your storage. Basic units will typically have a maximum load bearing weight of 250 kg per shelf, although there are plenty of products on the market that can accommodate heavier things should you need them to.
You can even purchase metal shelves specifically designed for holding lever-arch files.
In the garage …
Galvanised steel shelves are ideal for use in places where your unit might pick up a few knocks, and for storing heavy-duty items. This means they’re a great solution for use in your garage – whether you just like to tinker with your car in your free time or run an auto maintenance business.
A divided shelving system is a good option, because it will mean you can separate off different components, tools and cleaning products, enabling you to keep everything tidy, and ensure you can quickly find the things you need for each job.
The shelves and their dividers can all be easily removed to make cleaning a simple job, as well as to allow you to reorder your storage should you want to.
In the home …
Although you might only think that metal shelving will work with your home’s interior design scheme if you’ve gone for an industrial style, you’d be wrong. Chrome and wire units can look great when used in the right way – and there are more benefits than just its appearance.
Wire shelving units are perfect for food storage, as they let air circulate between the shelves. You can also get products that have space for storing wine bottles, as well as standard shelves, offering a versatile storage solution for your home.
You can get freestanding wire shelves or wall-mounted ones if you would prefer. A further advantage to this kind of storage solution in your kitchen is that you can hang utensils and even pans from the bottom of the wire shelves too, helping you keep even more of your cooking equipment neat and tidy.
In the stockroom …
Many companies have stockrooms for all manner of things, from spare products in shops to food in restaurants. Metal shelving is the obvious choice no matter what items you’re storing, thanks to its durability and high weight-bearing ability.
Again, a shelving system with a boltless construction is a good option, because this will give you lots of versatility, enabling you to add or remove shelves as necessary and expand your shelving via the use of add-on kits.