The uses for containers are endless. They are customisable to assist personal or business purposes. Because containers are so customisable you can create a unique space in accordance with your requirements. Think about transforming a bland container into a vibrant little shop through the use of colour and glass sliding doors. Your options are endless! One item most renovators of containers will need is a shelf. You can have whatever type of shelving your need for extra storage dictates.
Make your container practical
Any business, warehouse or even home owner will benefit from having shelves to store items and merchandise:
Office: One need a business will always have is more storage space. This can be for merchandise, tools storage or for document storage and archiving. A container is an affordable option for this purpose and shelving helps that more items can be stored in a neat way. Shelves lift items from the floor to a height where you can easily get to them, but they don’t take up space of desks and other furniture. This allows for enough space to effectively work in.
Home: A container can be ideal living space for short or long term whether you choose it as an affordable alternative or to assist people in times of emergencies. Shelving adds comfort to the home by giving extra storage space for clothes and house items. This leaves more space for the family and less cluttering on the floor.
Warehouse: Warehouses are responsible for organised storage. Shelves are vital as it gives a structure into which items or boxes can be placed. Containers are big enough for forklifts to enter, retrieve large boxes and containers and pack it away again.
Don’t limit yourself
Well planned shelving will turn your container into the ideal storage space, so make sure you cover all the relevant angles before installation begins:
What type of shelving do you need?
Many options exist regarding types of shelving. You can order shelves you install yourself or you can have them fitted before you receive the container. The important thing is to make sure the type of shelf is ideal for the use you have for it. They have to be strong enough and fitted correctly so they don’t become a safety hazard for people using them. You can plan ahead and ask container suppliers for shelving options so you receive your container ready for use.
How many shelves do you need?
You don’t want to go back and forth between suppliers, contractors and hardware shops. Plan how your space will be used to its full extent so you can get it right on the first installation.
What do you want to use the shelves for?
The type of shelf you need will be determined by the items you plan on using them for. Heavy machinery will need a better framework and sturdier shelving than mere boxes with papers inside. Make sure of your requirements so you don’t have the whole construction topple over when too much weight is put on it.
For how long will you use the shelves?
Some shelves can easily be moved and put in or taken out of the container. This is ideal when you’re not using shelves continuously but fixed shelves are more stable for items kept in storage for a long time.
Types of shelving
You can add shelves to any container no matter the size; whether it’s a 10ft, 20ft or 40ft container. The important decision is the type of shelf you install. You can have one shelf for use in an office setup or tiered shelving if many items and boxes need storage space. Certain shelves are loose frames you can easily move around according to your purpose. Other shelves are fixed to the wall or hung from the roof of the container. While fixed shelving forces you to commit to how you use the space, this option adds stability to the structure. Whatever your requirements, shelving is customisable so it will work for you.
Do it yourself
The great news is you don’t have to pay someone else for shelf installation. You can fix shelves to your container’s walls yourself if you have the tools. You can order ready made tiered shelving which simply needs to be fixed to the container; or purchase steel structures that can easily be moved around. Whatever your final choice, keep stability in mind so your extra storage is safe inside the container.