The old cliche “time is money” has stood the test of time for decades. Have you installed van shelving systems that will do the same for your carpentry needs or your needs as an electrician?
If not you could be wasting precious time and money foraging around in the back of your van for the tools you need to get the job done quickly, effectively and efficiently.
We’ve sorted through the junk to identify three van shelving systems that measure up to our needs and we’re sure there’s one in here that’ll do the job you’re looking for.
Read on to find your solution.
Side Mounted Van Shelving Systems
You can sort your van shelving systems by the material or by the installation location. You’ll be able to identify which material is right for you, so we’ll give you the low down on our best bet installation locations.
First up is the formidable side mount. These toolboxes mount to a side rail in your van. Think of them as the storage locker for your already organized toolkits.
These boxes open from the top and many include gas struts, holding the toolbox top open so you don’t have to.
If you’re already an organized man with a van the side mount could be the answer you’re looking for.
Drawer Storage Tool Boxes
A handy aluminum van toolbox is a great choice for van owners who only need a smaller storage area or don’t want to give up much valuable space for the transport of bulkier materials.
These toolboxes are typically tall and narrow and can be installed wherever you need although they are generally installed behind the seats of a van.
DIY Shelving System
You’ve got specific needs for your van which means it can be difficult to find a preconstructed solution for you.
Luckily, most van driving traders know a thing or two about how DIY and fitting a rack to secure your belongings, holding your tools and organizing things perfectly.
But if you’re not sure where to begin, we’ve got a few tips to help you get you started.
Identify Your Needs
The first step is figuring out what you need for what you’ve got. We suggest laying out your materials and tools so you can visualize your solution.
Make a note of everything you carry, even those only sometimes tools and then begin making some sketches until you’re happy with what you see.
Get the Right Material
From here you need to make sure you get the right material for the job. Wood, steel, and aluminum are the typical options here and each one comes with its own advantages and disadvantages.
Make sure you weigh up all the options before proceeding because you’re building this to last the lifespan of your van.
Keep It Simple, Silly
Always remember KISS – Keep It Simple, Silly. The more functions you add the more upkeep and work you give yourself now and in the future.
You want your van shelving system to be a functional, long-term solution that doesn’t give you heart palpations to build.
So there you have it, two super easy premade options and a DIY option. Which one is best suited to you will depend on your needs. Take the time to work out what you need and you’ll be sure to find the best solution.
If you’re in the market for a second-hand van, you might be able to find an existing solution already with your added knowledge.