How To Attach Shelves In Van?

Attach Shelves In Van

One of the most difficult issues these professionals have is transporting and storing their equipment in a standard work van. Do you spend a lot of time on the road and think your vehicle could use some organization? If that’s the case, van shelving could be the ideal answer for keeping your tools organized so you can get the job done rapidly and effortlessly.

One of the main reasons companies choose vans for trucks is the ease with which they can create a unique, enclosed, and mobile workstation to get work done on-site while keeping people and equipment safe from the elements. Interiors for vans can be customized to satisfy the demands of a variety of businesses and professions, including plumbers, electricians, and others. Perhaps this is why full-size vans are one of the most popular and profitable vehicle types.

Whatever field you work in, you’ll almost certainly need shelves and storage in your van interior, and there are many options to choose from. Adjustable metal shelving is a great option and comes in a wide variety of sizes to meet your storage needs. An open shelf is perfect for keeping equipment or supplies that need to be easily accessed on a regular basis. There are many storage modules available that combine drawers, cabinets, and shelving to keep everything you need secure and organized.


  • Van shelving mounting attachments should always be bolted to the deck’s lateral steel tubes. Six or seven 1″ x.” galvanized steel tubes are co-molded laterally into the HDPE decking on each half of the deck. Steel tubes are identified by dimples on the deck’s surface. Only attach shelving to the DECKED system’s HDPE material. The C-channel should not be drilled into. The drawer wheels roll through this canal. Components of van shelving must be mounted on top of a steel C-channel.
  • When bolting to the lateral steel tubes, always use a bolt and flange nut to bolt all the way through the tube (or nylon insert locknut). Use short enough hardware to avoid obstructing drawer function when bolting to lateral steel tubes over the drawer cavity. Alternatively, when the holes have been drilled, the bolt can be placed from the underside. DO NOT DRILL THROUGH THE C-CHANNEL OR ATTACH TO IT.
  • When attaching shelving units to the deck, always utilize mounting brackets. Avoid putting the ends of shelf units straight on the deck.
  • For shelf support, distribute mounting attachment load bars over significant sections of the deck panel. Above the C-channel, the flat surface is perfect.
  • Don’t put shelving end panels on decks that don’t have lateral steel tube support. When this happens, screw the unsupported end panel to the next floor-mounted shelf end panel to shift the load to the next shelving unit and floor.
  • Transfer the load to the van floor if there is no suitable lateral steel tube support in the deck or an adjacent shelf end panel to bolt onto. Take vertical support and bolt it to the floor’s end panel.


Shelving may turn your work vehicle into a transportable and productive workplace that’s adapted to your individual requirements. There are van shelving solutions for various crafts and industries, whether you’re a plumber, electrician, or builder. There are numerous ways to enhance organization, but shelving is an excellent place to begin. Here are a few reasons why you should add shelving to your work van.

Save Time
Van shelving produces a neat and orderly cargo space with everything in its proper place. You’ll be able to find what you’re looking for fast and effortlessly. Shelving units for cargo vans also make it much easier to keep track of your parts and materials inventory.

Save Money
Disheveled cargo space with everything stacked in the middle is not only wasteful but also consumes more space than is required. Your cargo space can be maximized with a van shelf system, allowing you to organize every tool, part, and material. You’ll quickly notice how much money you can save by clearing your cargo space, even to the point where you might be able to downsize your van. In the long term, this could save you a lot of money because smaller vehicles are less expensive to buy and maintain on average.

Another reason to install van shelving is to improve road safety. In a work van, loose supplies or tools can easily become a hazard to safe driving. Small items fall to the ground. These things could, for example, end up under the driver’s feet. To avoid costly accidents, it’s only common sense to stow all gear and loose equipment when driving.

At Toolbox Distributors, we offer van shelving for many full-size, mini, and sprinter vans. Therefore, you can consider us your one-stop shop for all your work van accessorizing needs.  If you are thinking about installing van shelving, contact us and we’ll be happy to provide you with assistance.