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What shelving do you use?

Discussion in 'Survival/Preparedness Forum' started by emt1581, Feb 26, 2012.

  1. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    As far as storing your preps, what shelving do you use? I'd like to get going on my prep room...well...organizing it rather than having organized piles.

    I'm not sure what shelving to buy/build.

    Even if you are not comfortable sharing pics, at least tell us what models you went with.

    Thanks

    -Emt1581
     
  2. R_W

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    Most of mine are the chrome wire rack shelves from Costco or Sams. 48" wide by 18" deep. When I started they were $68 each, now I think they are right at a C note.

    I use them everywhere--they are in my pantry, basement storage room, clothes closets, garage. They aren't TOO big so they will fit into smaller rooms, but big enough to get a flat of jars onto the shelf. But mostly they are universal and modular. I can piece them together to fit a particular space, or roll it to a different place if I need to repurpose a room.

    Plywood and 2x4 are cheaper, and I will do that when I get my store room permanent (reconfiguring the basement AGAIN, hopefully I get it right this time).
     


  3. Glock30Eric

    Glock30Eric .45 ACP

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    Treated Cedar woods 2x4x8. I could change the shelf into whatever I need at that time. I could use it to keep us warm for a night.

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  4. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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  5. lslubecki

    lslubecki Dr. Dustcover

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    I use the Lowes or Home Depot closet shelving wire shelf kits. I find the studs and screw only into them for support and support brackets.
     
  6. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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  7. R_W

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    1) That shelf reliance rotator is really slick. IF you use their mix of can sizes. Yes you can build something like it--really easy if you do a back-load setup, not so easy if you front or top load like they do.

    2) Inspect those super cheap shelves. Some make pop can metal look thick.
     
  8. emt1581

    emt1581 Curious Member

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    I figure if it's on wheels, it wouldn't be hard to load from the back and put into position. But I usually buy cases. That setup would be fine for distributing a case or two...but when looking to store hundreds of cases...wouldn't work.

    I know what you mean, I've seen some seriously flimsy shelves! The wire ones are pretty tough but I like plain steel without wheels unless those wheels can support half a ton or so

    -Emt1581
     
  9. medic2258

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    We built ours with 2x4's and 3/4 inch plywood. Very sturdy and can handle a lot of weight. Plus as others have said, we can use them for firewood if needed.
     
  10. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    I think I am using some of these.

    http://www.globalindustrial.com/g/s...eavy-duty/Vari-Tuff-Brute-Shelving-Shelf-Pack
    72Hx48Wx18D It has hanger brackets so I can move the shelves. I went with a medium weight steel shelves. This allows me to load the shelves pretty heavy, but I caution you to not over load the shelves. Ammo weighs A LOT and 48 inches is a long spread.

    I have also made a shelf which when mounted upside down makes shelves with wheels. This allows me to have my shelves multiple levels deep.

    One more note: These shelves are strong, very strong. Maybe stronger than your floor.:shocked:
     
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  11. Dexters

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    +1

    In all things you must think about multiple uses.

    Wood planks with brick or cinder block supports can be used as shelves and then later for repairs or to build something.
     
  12. NDCent

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    I've got a couple of these https://www.sevilleclassics.com/products.php?pid=194 in 24x60x72 and really like them. We added a couple extra shelves per unit. KInd of expensive but look and work great for in our pantry area. The roller/wheel kit was useless and we took them off a month or so after we really started to get it loaded down (bummer to unpack and redo). We loaded them very heavy (as advertised) and had a holler try to bend over. It didn't hurt the shelf leg or insert at all, just started to bend the wheel shaft as their made to set on an angle. But used on there regular adjustable leveling feet they come with I don't think you could over load them.

    I may be looking closely at those 'valley craft' industrial shelves RWBlue posted about up above if/when I add a couple more in my shop.
     
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  13. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    My issue with brick/cinder block and wood is they waist space and do not hold up well to earthquakes.

    But for the money......they are hard to beat.
     
  14. RWBlue

    RWBlue Mr. CISSP, CISA CLM

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    Those would be much better than mine for food service areas.
    Mine will rust when scratched. Mine also look....lets say industrial. They are not pretty and shiny.

    I think I will consider some of these for the pantry, and get more of my current shelves for garage, basement, .....

    As far as over loading them.....ammo is heavy.
     
  15. kirgi08

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    Check out food equipment auctions.We got got a ton of storage cheap.Also look inta plastic soda crates,they stack and can be a good lt wgt base.'08.
     
  16. WolfNotSheep

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    My local WalMart has sheet metal shelves with particle board inserts (replaced with laminate whenever I get my hands on some scrap materials) for roughly $35 a piece. They're rated to hold 900 pounds and, while they seem somewhat flimsy when empty, once loaded down with a little weight they are bomb proof. I've lagged them each to the wall which they stand against and bolted them together. My only criticism is the particle board. As I mentioned, I've replaced most of the particle board in mine with various types of plywood and lamintaes but, I still think they're a solid investment.
     
  17. sebecman

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    +1 we have gotten a few great deals at resturant equip auctions.
     
  18. Hummer

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    I use the heavy duty chrome Seville wire shelving from Sam's Club that is 48"x72"x18". They come with 6 shelves, shelf liners and wheels. I bought some extra shelves so some units have seven shelves for smaller things like canned goods and extra kitchen items. Can't beat it for the price and strength. You can load them down and still roll them without having to unload. You can't do that with most angle iron type shelving.

    I decided to go with them because of their strength and portability. There are a dozen of them in my garage and the store room, and I could use a few more. I have a couple in the wine room to store equipment, empty carboys and cases of wine and beer. Others are stacked with food and other supplies we buy in bulk. One in the garage holds my power tools, another plumbing and irrigation supplies, etc.

    In the garage I also have a 16' long x 8' high cinder block 1x12 shelving on one wall, but like RWBlue said, they're not space efficient. I plan to take it out and replace it this year with two or three of the wire rack units--safer and better all around.

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  19. kirgi08

    kirgi08 Watcher. Silver Member

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    A Reusable is better than paper,unless youse outta preps.'08.
     
  20. cowboy1964

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    Preps? I don't have any preps. I don't have any guns either. But if I DID have preps I'd get some of those chrome wire shelves too.
     
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