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If you are anything like us, then you probably have a garage full of junk, and items which fall beyond the realm of junk. Actually, that is how we used to be before we discovered that some strategically placed shelving could solve a lot of our problems.
A garage should be a place you can do stuff in and not just store stuff in. It can be a place for you to build in, to fix things, to tinker with stuff, to practice music, work out, or just relax. Whatever you want to do in there, you need a place to put all of the stuff which you may just need at some point in your life but will never actually use.
Help is on the way. When we set out to find the perfect heavy-duty shelving units, we wanted something which was durable and tough. Garage shelving needs to be strong and rugged to be able to deal with everything you may throw at it (literally).
Our Top Picks
Fleximounts Overhead Heavy-Duty Rack
This is a great storage option to protect your items, keep them away from the floor, store them up and above any moisture, and out of reach of those who should not be touching them — a great way to protect items which are not in regular use.
The shelf is 96” x 58”, giving you a generous amount of storage space, and you have options when you are installing it. You can have it hanging down from the ceiling at various heights. Install it with 22”-40” inches of space, depending on what you need to store. Simply attach the storage unit to your beams with the included hardware and hold almost anything you want.
The heavy-duty cold-rolled steel is durable and tough. Looking at the material, you get a feel for how safe it is, and you will be impressed that the storage unit can hold up to 600 pounds of items and equipment. The hardware and the metal have gone through strict tests to ensure that you get a reliable product. The integrated grid design keeps the metal light so that you are not adding to the overall weight, and strong so that you can add the weight you need to.
This is an easy to install option for your garage which will help to protect your storage items.
Fleximounts Storage Wall Shelves
A great option for limited space. These shelves come from Fleximounts, so you know that they are going to be tough, strong, and durable. They may look a little daunting when you get the pack as they are completely adjustable and customizable, but you will be surprised at how easy they are to install. It only takes one person to have these up on your wall and your items safely stored. You will find the included template and installation directions easy to follow and understand.
The patented design means that you can adjust the shelves without any additional hardware. The adjustable nature of the shelves makes it great if you have objects in a variety of sizes. If you need to adjust them, simply take the items off, move the shelves, and replace the items. It really is as easy as that.
The heavy-gauge steel construction not only makes these shelves hard to damage but also makes them strong enough to hold 100 pounds per shelf. Strict testing has been carried out to ensure that these shelves are going to last.
You can easily install these shelves on wall studs or a solid concrete wall — a great shelving unit which benefits from being adjustable.
Fleximounts Garage Floating Shelves
Another great shelving system from Fleximounts. These floating shelves are perfect if you do not have a lot of wall space in your garage. You can find small pockets of space in your garage and place these shelves there at any height you want. In each pack, you get two shelves which can be placed together or apart, giving you flexibility. They are also extremely easy to install. It is always nice to work with a buddy but these, you can install alone.
The shelves come with a buckle design, making them sturdier and more stable than other shelves on the market. The unique design prevents the metal from bending or breaking and keeps your stuff safe. The heavy-duty steel, combined with that unique design, means that each shelf can hold up to 200 pounds of weight — great shelves for large, heavy items.
All of the hardware to attach the shelves to the wall is included, and you have the option of attaching then to wooden studs or concrete. The shelves come with installation guidelines and a template so that you do not have to guess where the screws go. Place the template on the wall, mark your spot, and attach your shelves. You will have your things stored in no time.
VonHaus 5 Tier Garage Shelving Unit
These shelves are great when you have a lot of items to store. They are standard shelves so that they will sit directly on the floor. There are also brackets include so that you can attach the shelves to the wall should you want to reinforce them and prevent against tipping when heavy items are being stored. They are also easy to construct, and you will need no tools to do so.
Along with being easy to assemble and install, these shelves are easy to clean. The plastic needs a quick wipe down every now and then to keep them in peak condition. The plastic is also resistant to moisture and other dirt.
We mentioned shelves, plural, as you get two shelves with your purchase. Each shelf is 52” x 24” x 12” and has four separate shelves for you to store your things on. The sturdy rubber feet on the bottom give good stability for the shelves, giving you the option to put them on almost any surface, and the stability allows you to load up to 60 pounds onto each shelf.
A well-built shelf which will give you versatility and a lot of storage space.
Edsal Heavy-Duty Garage Shelf
These shelves are heavy-duty. The durable steel is tough and long-lasting and will help you to distribute up to 4000 pounds over an entire shelving unit. 4000 pounds! That is a lot of weight. When you consider that you get two shelves in each purchase, you have the ability to store a lot of stuff and a lot of weight.
Each shelving unit comes with five shelves, and each one features a solid piece of particle board. This allows you to store small items without worrying about them slipping through small spaces. It also allows for customization, and you can attach other hardware to the wood.
The shelves are completely adjustable. You can move the shelves up or down in 1.5” increments, giving you a lot of space for larger items, and the ability to create small spaces for smaller items so that there is no dead space.
A great shelving unit if you have a lot of stuff to store.
What To Know Before Buying Heavy-Duty Garage Shelving
There are many options out there when it comes to picking the perfect heavy-duty garage storage unit. There are a few different styles and types, including free-standing and mountable, and the perfect storage option will depend on what you need out of it. Let’s take a look at some of your options.
Standard shelves are just that. They are free-standing units which will sit on your garage floor and store all of your stuff. Most garage shelving units are standard shelves. They are the most robust of the shelving units but do not offer much more than just a bare frame and storage shelves.
Wall mount storage options mount to the wall; it is as simple as that. The great thing about this storage option is that you can use them in spaces where other shelving units cannot go. You can have these as high as the ceiling or as low as the floor. The only thing you need is some studs to attach the shelves to. They are great for keeping your items off of the ground or out of reach, but they cannot take as much weight as other storage options.
Overhead storage options mount to the ceiling of your garage and hang down. They are supported by the beams of the roof and come with the advantage that they take up a lot of dead space in your garage, space where you would not normally store anything. They are able to hold a lot of weight but they can be difficult to install.
If you are looking for a durable and reliable storage option, you need to make sure that the shelves can hold what you need them to hold. Just because a shelf is large, it does not mean that it can hold a lot of weight. Calculate the amount of weight you need the shelf to hold and then add in some wiggle room. Storing too much weight on a shelf which cannot support it will result in damage to the shelf, and that is exactly the opposite of what we want from a durable storage unit.
Along with the capacity, the size is an important consideration. A shelf is not necessarily strong just because it is big, but you still might need a combination of the two. Look at the amount of stuff which you need to store and base the size of the shelf on that (taking into account the capacity too). You should also think about the number of shelves you need. Do you have a lot of small items or a few large items? You may need lots of space, but not many shelves or you might need the space and the shelves.
It goes without saying that a durable garage shelving unit should be durable. This has a lot to do with the materials and construction. Look for shelving units which come with warranties. The longer a manufacturer guarantees their product for, the longer it should last. And, if it doesn’t last, then you can get a replacement for it or have it fixed for free.
You should also look at the material used to construct the shelves. Metal shelves are your go-to if you need to store a lot of bulky and heavy equipment. They are strong and easy to take care of. They are also great if there is a chance of moisture in your garage.
Wire shelves give strength while still remaining light. The only problem with them is that you cannot store very small items on them as they could slip through. They are great for items which may attract moisture as they let the air flow around them.
Wooden shelves are not as strong as metal, but they are more affordable. They also have a more natural look which may better match your garage interior. They are great for lighter equipment, and you can patch and repair them easily by your self.
You get what you pay for. That is our motto here. If you are looking for the best of the best, then you should be prepared to spend a little more to get it. Now, this may seem counterintuitive, but spending that little extra is going to save you money in the long run. A high-quality and heavy-duty shelf is not going to break like a cheaper one would. It is going to stand the test of time.
Would you rather buy a shelf one time or have to buy multiple shelves? Take a look at some of the shelves which we found on our search and pick the best one for your needs.