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YOUR van isn’t getting any bigger and therefore you need to learn how to make the most of the storage space you have.
There are many options you can look at here, from changing the items you carry to building an entire racking system to hold everything from the nuts and bolts to heavy machinery. M4 Sales details some of the best space saving solutions out there:
Everything in its place
Organisation is key when it comes to storage solutions and simply throwing stuff in the back of your van just will not do.
The first thing you want to do is clear everything out of your van and figure out where everything needs to go. If you’ve just been dumping things in the back then this could take quite a bit of time.
Sort out your tools from your materials and separate your screws, nails, nuts and bolts.
Once this has been done you need to decide where everything is going to go – by labelling areas you can make sure that you stick to this.
Put things you use most frequently closest to the door for faster access.
Closely tied in with the previous solution, shelving provides you with an easy way to separate out everything and keep the main bed of your van clear.
This is an excellent way to help separate all your little bits and pieces and keep everything organised.
There are several options when it comes to shelving, you can either fit standard shelving units that give you a set amount of storage space or create unique storage racks for everything you carry on a daily basis. The latter may be more expensive, but it will be guaranteed to make the most of what little space you have.
Utilize ‘dead areas’
Spaces like your doors and roof are normally considered ‘dead zones’ in terms of storage, however if you can use them to their full potential there is a lot of extra storage room.
You can install pockets on outward opening doors, which can hold a wide variety of items from tools to books. Another good solution is to put a net or selection of brackets on the roof to store larger items that you don’t want to be on the floor. This is a great way of nearly doubling the amount of storage space your van has by just utilizing every aspect of the vehicle.
Use magnetic strips
Chances are you work with a wide variety of metal objects – whether that’s tools, materials or just nails – which means that you could probably benefit from using magnetic strips in your van.
This is one of the fastest ways to tidy up all your tools, you can just stick and go. Not only is it fast, but it is very easy to see what you want as nothing overlaps and therefore it can be straight to hand.
If you tend to work with PVC piping you could use mounted broom holders instead of magnets to stick the pipes to the van’s walls.