Garage Shelving Types

The type and amount of garage shelving you use can make the difference between a neat garage and a cluttered one. With the right types of shelving for the items you need to store you'll have a place for everything and you'll be able to find something at a moment's notice — the true definition of organization. You may have more than one type of shelving in your garage, because different shelving types are better for storing different items.

Wood Shelving
Wood shelving can be an inexpensive option and is good for lightweight items like boxes or tubs. The pre-fabricated shelves that you can buy and assemble are easy to move around so you can reorganize inside your garage. It's not safe to store heavy items on this type of garage shelving, though. Wood can also warp under too much weight, or even start to rot if your garage is damp or humid.

Wire Shelving

Wire shelving is made of metal and can usually hold quite a bit of weight but because it's wire and made with an open mesh construction, it's less sturdy than solid garage shelving. It's good for a humid environment because it allows air to circulate through the shelves. Wire shelving is often plastic-coated to protect against rust and corrosion. Because of the wires, small items like tools need to be in boxes or other containers to prevent them falling through the shelves.

Steel Shelving

Steel shelving is an excellent storage solution for your garage because the shelves are durable and able to hold heavy items. Since they're solid, unlike wire shelving, they're better for small items and can also hold more weight. Steel shelves are best for the heaviest items that you might want to store on shelves in your garage.

Adjustable Shelving
Adjustable shelving is a special type of garage shelving that allows you to move the shelves up and down. It's also sometimes called rail shelving because the first step in installing them is to attach a horizontal rail to the wall, and then mount vertical rails from the horizontal one. The shelves can then be mounted anywhere from the top to the bottom of the vertical rails. The types of shelving available are usually either wire or steel shelves, but some wooden shelves are also made for adjustable rail shelving. This type of storage is convenient because you can customize your shelves to fit the items you need to store on them.

Ceiling-Mounted Shelving

For the garage that doesn't have much wall-space or space for free-standing shelves, ceiling-mounted shelving is a good option. Mounting the shelf from the ceiling but also against at least one wall can give it extra stability, especially if you'll be storing heavy items. These shelves are usually wire or steel.

Utility Cabinet Shelving

Garage shelving that needs to hold several heavy items like tools and equipment should be steel and as sturdy as possible for safety, so special utility cabinets and tool cabinets are the best choice for those items.