Factors to consider when choosing van racking

If you have recently made the decision to kit out your van with shelving or racking, you will probably be wondering how to pick the best solution for you. Let’s take a look at a few things you should consider.


Probably the first consideration will be how much you want to spend on your racking. Remember that this is a long-term investment, so the cheapest option might not always be the most appropriate option.

What is your trade?

The type of tools, equipment and materials you use on a daily basis impact which is the most suitable type of racking for you. Factors to consider include the size of the materials; for example, do you need small container drawers for nuts, screws and nuts?

Type of van

The type and size of van you have may limit the type of van racking it can accommodate. Some off-the-shelf racking will specify exactly which makes and models it will fit. If none of these suit you, you could consider a bespoke racking system.

What are you storing?

Is it just tools and materials or do you also have order forms, brochures and other paperwork? What about personal items if you are away on jobs regularly?

When do you need to store it?

There has been a significant increase in the number of thefts from vans. According to the BBC, this is in part due to the rise in availability of skeleton keys. This is a huge concern to tradespeople up and down the country; therefore, when you are looking at Van Racking, consider how you work. Do you regularly stay away on jobs and need the tools to be in locked boxes attached to the shelving, or do you always come home every night and need to be able to transfer the contents of your van to a safe storage place quickly and simply?

Is it business-proof?

Consider your longer-term business plan – how will things change, and will this affect the type of storage and racking you need in the future? If so, you might want to consider modules that can be rearranged further down the line.

Finally, look at design and delivery. Use a company that can help you to get your design right and deliver and fit the racking within your timescales.