A heavy-duty garage shelving unit can help to keep your garage tidy, organised and accessible.
Many people use their garages as work spaces, or for garden storage – but they are also often the place where little-used household ‘stuff’ gets dumped, out of the way. Without proper storage, garages can quickly become cluttered, and difficult to access.
A shelving unit is a great solution, as it allows you to stack items, and takes up minimal space. Shelving units designed for garage use are usually made primarily from metal, and can accommodate heavy weights, making them suitable for storing tools and garden equipment.
If you’re ready to bring order to your outbuildings, read on for our selection of 5 of the best heavy-duty garage shelving units for storage on the market.
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We’ve based our choices on their sturdiness, ease-of-assembly, and value for money.
Our best garage shelving unit offers you a huge amount of storage space, with a 200kg weight limit on each of the deep shelves
If you’re looking to add as much storage to your garage as possible, you’ll definitely want to consider these Extra-Deep Racking Units by Storalex.
This storage set includes 3 units, with each bay measuring 1800 x 900 x 600 mm, and having a maximum weight limit of 1000kg. The units are made from durable metal with a rust-resistant coating, to ensure they will stand the test of time.
600mm deep MDF shelves offer plenty of space to store all your tools, and garage essentials. Each shelf has a maximum weight capacity of 200kg, which means you can store heavier items, with peace of mind. The shelf heights are adjustable, allowing you to customise the units to suit your storage requirements.
Despite their sturdiness, the shelves are relatively easy to assemble, with the pieces simply snapping together – no bolts required. It is recommended to fix the shelves to the wall though, for extra stability.
These are the most expensive shelves on our list, but if you’re looking for a solid and sturdy storage solution, that can take the weight of heavier items, we think they’re more than worth it.
- Made from durable metal and MDF.
- Metal has a thick, rust-resistant coating.
- 600mm deep shelves for extra storage space.
- Shelves can support an evenly dispersed weight of up to 200kg.
- Boltless assembly.
- Our most expensive garage shelving solution.
- Three units take up a significant amount of space – may not be suitable for smaller garages.
A small shelving unit, that offers limited storage space, but is ideal for placing on or under a workbench
At the other end of the scale, this Amazon Basics 3 Shelves Storage Unit is a compact and highly affordable option, that we think offers you incredible value for money.
There are 3 shelves, each of which is capable of holding up to 113.4kg – although it’s important to make sure this weight is evenly distributed. The maximum weight load of the entire unit is 340kg.
The storage unit measures 58.9 x 34 x 76.2cm, which certainly won’t be large enough for some users, but could be ideal for smaller garages, with limited space. The low height and shallow depth of shelves also makes it suitable for placing on or under a workbench.
The height of the shelves can be adjusted, and you won’t need to use tools to do so. However, it’s worth noting that some users have experienced problems with the plastic fixings, or the rungs being unevenly spaced, which makes installing and moving the shelves difficult.
Ultimately, this shelving unit is the smallest in our selection, and won’t be suitable for anyone looking to add a significant amount of storage to their garage. But if you just want a place for seeds, pots or small garden accessories, this might be all you need – and the price is hard to beat.
- Made from durable steel.
- Contemporary chrome finish.
- Wire shelves are adjustable, without tools.
- Decent weight capacity, for the size.
- Unbeatable price.
- Comparatively small – doesn’t offer anywhere near as much storage as our other options.
- Not as strong as the larger models.
- Not the best quality – some users report problems with the plastic fixings and rungs, which makes assembly difficult.
Providing it’s correctly assembled, this is a strong and sturdy shelving unit, that offers excellent storage for the money
For those that require a greater amount of storage, but at a similarly low price point to our value pick, this G-Rack Black 5 Tier Shelving Unit could be just the thing.
At 180cm high, 120cm wide, and with shelves of 45cm deep, this storage unit is as tall as one of the Storalex Garage Stacking Units, but slightly wider and shallower. This could be more appealing to those with more wall space than floor space in their garage.
At the same time, if you would rather have lower shelves that fit under a desk, or don’t interfere with windows, you can also split the storage rack into 2 half-height units.
As with the other units on this list, assembly is bolt-free, and requires you to snap the shelves into place. This technique might take you a while to master – a mallet is definitely helpful – but once they’re in position, the shelves are surprisingly sturdy. Non-slip rubber feet further help to improve the unit’s stability.
Overall, this is another strong and reasonably stylish garage storage solution, with an impressive size and weight capacity, and an even more impressive price tag.
- Rust-resistant black metal frame, and moisture-resistant MDF shelves.
- Each shelf can hold up to 175kg.
- Large enough to offer considerable storage.
- Can be arranged as 1 tall unit, or 2 shorter ones.
- Non-slip rubber feet improve stability.
- Boltless assembly.
- Low price point.
- 5-year warranty.
- MDF shelves are quite thin (5mm).
- Assembly can be fiddly – we recommend using a rubber mallet, to make it easier to bend the metal tabs into place.
These 3 heavy-duty shelving units can be joined to make 1 large unit, with our highest weight capacity of 265kg per shelf
Our next heavy-duty shelving option from Storage Affairs offers a similar size and amount of storage to the Storalex units at number one on our list.
Included with purchase are 3 tall shelving units, each measuring 180 x 90 x 45cm. The shelves are not as deep as those on the Storalex version, but they do have a support bar, and the manufacturer state that they can hold an impressive weight of 265kg each – the highest of any on our list.
Each unit consists of a strong steel frame, which is powder-coated, to help it resist rust, and MDF shelves. The assembly process is very similar to the others we’ve listed here, with a tab and slot bolt-free system – but the great thing about these shelves is that the rubber mallet required for installation is included.
As with our previous option, you can choose to assemble each shelving unit as 2 lower-height sections, or 1 taller one. You can also choose to keep the 3 units separate, or join them together, using the included clips, to make one large shelving unit.
These units are slightly more affordable than our top pick, and make for an extremely reasonably-priced way to store a large amount of heavier items, and really tidy up your garage or shed.
- Strong steel frame, with a powder coating.
- Includes 5 adjustable shelves.
- Shelves can hold an impressive 265kg.
- Comes with a mallet, to make the bolt-free assembly easier.
- Floor protectors help to ensure your floor doesn’t get damaged.
- Competitive price for 3 units.
- Some users report that new units have a strong chemical smell, and adequate ventilation is required.
- 45cm deep shelves aren’t as suitable for larger items.
The bright blue frame on this shelving unit could be helpful when accessing your storage in low-light environments
The final shelving unit that we believe can bring order to the chaos of your garage is this 5 Tier Shelving from TAHA.
This handy storage solution sits at a similar price point to that of our value pick, and is another smaller, slimmer option, measuring 150 x 70 x 30cm in total. Note that the 150cm height is almost double that of the Amazon Basics unit, so you are getting a lot more storage space for your money.
The slim-line width makes it a good option for smaller spaces, and the 5-tier unit can be arranged as one taller unit, or two lower-height options, allowing you to further personalise your storage to suit your needs.
This shelving unit features a similar style and assembly system to our other choices, but the vibrant blue metal frame does help to make it stand out from the crowd. The brighter, more visible frame colour might appeal to those users with poor eyesight, or limited light in their garage or shed.
It has to be said that this isn’t the best-quality option on the market – the metal and shelves are quite thin, and it’s perhaps not as sturdy as some of our other options. But considering the exceptionally low price, you can’t complain too much, and for storing lighter products, it’s undoubtedly worth the money.
- Made from durable metal and MDF.
- Bright blue frame colour is more visible in dark environments.
- Shelf position is adjustable.
- Highly affordable – our cheapest garage shelving unit.
- Bolt-free assembly.
- Not the best quality – metal and MDF shelves are quite thin.
- Not as much storage space as our larger options.
How To Install Wall Shelves In Your Garage
To install pre-made wall shelves in your garage, you should always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturer. Lay everything out, and make sure you have all the necessary parts, tools and fixings, before you begin.
As a general rule, you will need to use a spirit level, to first mark where you want your shelves, and make sure they are level. You will then locate your wall studs, and use a drill to make the holes for your screws, before screwing the brackets into your garage wall.
You can usually install your wall shelf by placing it on top of the brackets, and pushing the shelf back, until it sits flush against the wall. Align the holes on the shelf with those on the top of the bracket, and screw the parts together.
How To Build Your Own Garage Shelves
We highly recommend the pre-made shelves we’ve featured here as affordable, well-tested and hassle-free garage storage solutions. However, if you’re a handy DIY-er, you might decide to have a go at building your own garage shelves.
This can be as simple as sourcing a few planks of 2” x 4” or plywood, and using a tape measure and saw to cut them to the desired size. For the brackets, you can either purchase utility brackets, or make cross brackets out of pieces of 2” x 4”, screwed into triangles using an impact driver.
How many brackets you need will depend on the size of your shelf, but it’s a good idea to have at least one on each end, and one in the centre, to ensure the shelf has sufficient support.
Alternatively, if you want to make your own freestanding garage shelving unit, you could use plywood to make an outer frame, and screw wooden supports internally along the sides, where you want your shelves to sit. Cut your shelves to size, and slot them into place inside the unit.
There are many plans for DIY shelving units available online, so do your research before you start. If you choose to make your own garage shelves, remember to test their weight capacity before use – especially if you want to use them to store heavy, fragile or expensive items!
April is a freelance writer who specialises in writing about home and garden design and the environment. She is an avid wildlife-enthusiast and adventure-seeker, and feels happiest when in the Great Outdoors.