Vehicle storage drawers are among the first things people think about when talking about van racking. Vehicle drawers are an essential part of any storage system in a van, regardless of size or model. They help keep your tools, materials and components safe, off the floor and easy to find.
So, what types of vehicle storage drawers are there?
1. Workbench drawers
Workbench vehicle storage drawers are one of the most common types of drawers that pretty much every van racking setup will include. Usually, they will be a mix of one-compartment drawers to store bigger items, and drawers with several compartments to store smaller items and components. The drawers are mostly used to store the tools and materials you need close at hand when working on something at a workbench.
2. Toolbox drawers
Toolbox vehicle drawers offer a flexible solution. Here, the drawer is a toolbox instead of a permanent compartment. You can pull the toolbox out and take it with you, so you have all your tools and materials on site and don’t have to go back and forth between the storage unit and the toolbox.
3. Underfloor drawers
Underfloor (or false-floor) vehicle storage drawers are a favourite of ours, as well as many builders, plumbers and electricians. By utilising the unused floor space, you can securely store more things whilst leaving room for larger cargo or additional storage solutions up top. This is a simple, effective storage solution that helps you make the most of your cargo space.
Underfloor drawers can be installed either through the van’s rear or side doors, or both if required, providing plenty of storage space at a convenient height.
4. Shelf/rack long drawers
Shelf/rack long drawers are pretty much identical to workbench drawers, but fitted to a shelf or a rack. They are also much longer, as the name suggests. We use these drawers for our underfloor storage solutions, but can be used both underneath and above the floor to great effect.
Buy vehicle drawers and accessories from System Edström
We offer two standard depths for our standard vehicle storage drawers: 300 mm and 470 mm. The widths available are 302 mm, 392 mm, 605 mm and 784 mm. Heights available are 110 mm and 220 mm. The regular 392 mm drawer is also available with a 165 mm height. Read our product catalogue for more details about each vehicle drawer.
To complement our drawers, we offer locking bars for our vehicle drawers and sliding shelves, making life harder for potential thieves. The locking bars mount on a shelf frame and are locked using a simple key, locking the drawers in place.
Our vehicle storage drawers are, in our opinion, not only one of the safest options out there but also the most stylish. All come in our fresh grey finish with our trademark green inserts. Our clever designs make a real difference ergonomically, helping reduce the stress and strain on your teams.
The van is essentially your right man hand. It carries your tools and helps you get to your destination. But just having a van doesn’t cut it. In the end, it can be so much more when equipped with the right kind of van racks and accessories.
It goes without saying, a plumber does not use the same tools as an electrician in their work, nor does a carpenter. Using the same reasoning, neither do they need the same kind of accessories for vans.
There’s a great variety when it comes to accessories for vans. It is therefore important to take your time and think about your needs before you make a purchase. If you’re unsure, you can always contact System Edström or one of our dealers and we’ll help you design the ideal van racking for your needs.
To get you started, here are some tips on van rack accessories for carpenters, plumbers, and electricians.
Van rack accessories for carpenters
Feeling the strain of crawling around on your cargo space floor every day? How do you access the tools and equipment furthest back? Consider investing in one or all of the following accessories for vans:
- Double floor. With a double floor it’s easier to access your tools and equipment without having to crawl into the cargo space. As a carpenter, you need robust tools that can withstand tough handling. The same applies to your van rack accessories.
- Rubber mats. A rubber mat is a simple solution to make sure materials and equipment don’t fly around when in transit. Thus, not risking damaging the van interior or the tools.
- Lighting. The lighting that comes with the van is often at times rather lacklustre. Switch out the roof light to something that doesn’t force you to use your cellphone to light up the dark spots.
- Hangers and hooks. Use unused wall space for a place to hang your gloves, extra clothes, or dry wet clothes.
- Ladder holder. To make the most out of your cargo space, invest in a ladder holder. Hang up your ladder on the roof to free up floor space for other things you need to bring with you, or simply to install additional van rack accessories such as shelves or additional drawers.
Van rack accessories for plumbers
If you’re a plumber, you probably have a plethora of pipes and tubes in different shapes and sizes rolling around the floor. To get a better overview when you open the door to your van, we’d suggest investing in the following van rack accessories:
- Wall box. A wall box helps you separate the different pipes and tubes from each other and give you the possibility to store things in their own place for easier access.
- Tube box. Store smaller tubes in a box to make sure they don’t go flying during transit, damaging them or other equipment in the cargo space. It also gives you a better overview of your inventory and leaves a more clean impression with your clients.
- Vice bench. A vice bench should be considered if you regularly need to cut copper pipes and similar.
- Plastic bins. Use different sized plastic bins to sort tube parts to keep track of your inventory and quickly find the things you need.
Van rack accessories for electricians
Last but not least, the electrician, a professional who needs access to maybe hundreds of different types of cables and other small electrical components. Consider the following accessories for vans:
- Cable shelf. A cable shelf enables easier access and a better overview of all your cables, allowing for better storage opportunities for other things in your cargo space.
- Ladder holder. Make use out of every inch of your cargo space by installing a ladder holder on the roof. It makes it easy to both bring out and put back your ladder whenever you need it. And it won’t take up unnecessary space that can be put to good use for other stuff.
- Plastic bins. They are pretty much universally useful for every type of professional utilising a work van. We’d always recommend plastic boxes over cardboard simply because cardboard is a lot more fragile than plastic, and because they are transparent, allowing you to get a better view of everything inside.
For more tips on useful van racks and accessories, contact System Edström or one of our dealers today. We help you create the perfect cargo space according to your needs and wants. We’d highly recommend trying out our configurator to design a cargo space in a 3D environment, test different setups and see what best fits you.
Do It Yourself or contact van racking companies? What’s the best option when you’re considering investing in automotive racking systems and van accessories for your service van?
As with most things, there’s not always a clear answer as both options have their own merits and demerits. For example, while DIY van racking is cheaper, it’s also very time consuming to build it yourself.
To shed some light upon a discussion that’s been ongoing within the van racking industry for a long time, in this article we’ll give you a clear answer on what’s the best: building your own automotive racking systems or seeking professional help from van racking companies.
DIY projects in all honour. They are a fun and challenging way to build van racking, helping you prove and polish your skills as a craftsman. Here are the advantages and disadvantages of DIY van racking.
- Cheap. DIY automotive racking systems can be extremely cheap as the only real cost is the materials you buy. Finding a cheap dealer can cut costs significantly.
- Tailor-made. You’re in full control of the van racking. You can design it however you want all according to your needs and wants.
- Fun & Challenging. There’s a certain sense of accomplishment creating something from scratch. It’s not only fun, but it’s also a rewarding experience putting your skills to the test and honing them even further.
- Time-consuming. While DIY van racking might be cheap, there’s still a price to pay: time.
- Safety concerns. It goes without saying, DIY van racking is very rarely up to safety standards since it hasn’t been tested in the same way professional van racking systems are.
- Lacks flexibility. DIY automotive racking systems lack a certain type of flexibility. If another need arises or you want to complement it with additional van racking, it’s back to the drawing board.
- No insurance. Unfortunately, as it’s not tested, DIY racking does not come with insurance. The responsibility of the van racking will be all on you.
Van racking companies
So, how are van racking companies different?
- Wide range of solutions. While not perfectly tailor-made to the smallest detail, it might as well be. Van racking companies offer a wide range of van racking solutions, allowing you to create the perfect cargo space according to your needs.
- Easy and fast. Van racking companies take care of the whole process for you by helping you find the ideal solution for your needs and then installing it for you.
- Safe. As these are prefabricated solutions, they’ve been regularly tested and optimised several times over to make sure they uphold all safety standards.
- Insured. While this is not true for all van racking companies, it certainly is with System Edström. We give you a 5-year warranty on all van racking as well as the installation (3 years on the van racking if you decide to install it yourself).
- More expensive than DIY. While it is more expensive than a DIY project, it’s not a significant difference.
We racked our brains to find more disadvantages of buying van racking from van racking companies to give the impression of being as objective as possible, but we can’t for the life of us find another one…
Which option is the best?
We’d say the winner is clear: van racking companies. The only thing favouring DIY van racking would be the price, and maybe not getting that special sense of accomplishment building it yourself. But can you really put a price on safety?
If you’re looking for professional automotive racking systems, contact System Edström today. We’ll help you create the ideal, tailor-made solution according to your needs and wants. Try our configurator to design and see your van racking in a digital 3D environment.
A properly organised van storage is essential for any business using a cargo van in their daily work. Keeping things in order not only makes everything easier to find and keep track of supply but also reduces the risk of the equipment being damaged.
But where to start? What to get? How to organise it?
To help you answer these questions, we’ve compiled this guide on vehicle storage systems so you have one less thing to worry about.
Vehicle storage racking
There are loads of different easy and cost-efficient vehicle storage racking solutions bringing order to your cargo space. Whether it’s small plastic bins, large shelves and drawers, or a false floor, there’s a vehicle storage racking system for every type of van and needs. It all depends on the size of your van and how much space you have.
Bins, boxes, nets
Simple bins, boxes, and nets are ideal vehicle storage racking for smaller vans. They’re light, small and easy to install. Of course, they work equally well in larger vans also, adding some extra storage space for loose items to supplement the larger storage spaces.
- Work van storage bins come in all shapes and sizes. Larger stacking bins are ideal if you’re looking for a more adaptable way to carry larger items, or why not go for a panel with multiple smaller bins for easy access and storage of smaller items?
- Storage boxes tend to be larger than bins, able to be stacked on top of each other to make the most out of the cargo space. They also come with a lid to keep the items safe and secure.
- Van storage nets are great for keeping loose items from rolling around during transit and makes the most out of walls and smaller spaces. They can attach to any surface to keep the cargo space clutter-free and are both super light and easy to install.
OBS! System Edström does not offer storage boxes or nets, but we would still recommend buying some to make the most out of your cargo space.
Shelves, drawers, secure storage
For vans on the bigger side, vehicle storage racking such as shelves, drawers, and secure storage is almost always essential to keep the cargo space organized. These larger, more capable storage solutions help you make the most out of your available cargo space with heavy-duty construction and ample storage space.
- Shelving makes the most out of the vertical space, providing ample space to store your items. Larger flat van shelves are ideal for bigger boxes and bins, while shelving units with smaller cubby holes allows you to separate loose items and more easily keep track of them.
- Heavy-duty van storage drawers are ideal for keeping expensive items and/or fragile items safe. Lockable drawers add an extra layer of security whilst larger cabinets of drawers add lots of storage space.
How to organise your work van
But the vehicle storage system is not everything, equally important is HOW you organise your van’s cargo space. How you want to organise your van depends on what you use it for, but here are a few general tips on how to properly organise your van to ensure efficiency in your daily work:
- Label everything! By labelling, colour-coding, or in some way marking your storage spaces, it makes it easier to find any item, as well as making it quicker to put them away.
- Store large and heavy items by the door. By keeping larger and heavy items by the door, it reduces the distance you have to carry heavier or awkwardly shaped pieces of equipment through the cargo space. Always load heavy objects as close to the floor as possible.
- Group similar items together. The most efficient way to store your van is by grouping similar items together. Doing so makes it easier to keep track of where everything is at all times.
- Create task-oriented toolboxes for daily tasks. When you need to carry out a specific task, just locate the allocated toolbox and everything you need is one place where you won’t have to search for each item.
- Make it easy to put things away. To ensure everything is kept where it’s meant to be, make it as effortless as possible to put away your equipment. This makes packing away quick and convenient, which means you’re less likely to give up and dump the items in the wrong place.
Invest in-vehicle storage systems from System Edström
System Edström offers both standard and customised van racking solutions. Whichever industry you’re in, we provide you with a complete range of high-quality vehicle storage systems to ensure the inside of your van is as flexible and safe as possible.
If you’re unsure about what products and systems to decorate your van with, we recommend you use our high-tech drawing program to plan and create the outlines for your vehicle in 3D. You can draw layouts and test different internal van racking systems to see what suits you and your van best, either on your own or together with one of our dealers.
If you spend just 10 minutes a day, five days a week, looking through your van for tools or stock, you will have spent just over a full week searching for things over a year. By organising your van with high-quality internal van racking products, you can save yourself both valuable time and money.
In this blog, we will guide you through some of the best solutions for internal van racking, to give you a greater understanding of the products available for you and your vehicle, and how they will benefit you in the long run.
System Edströms internal van racking offering
System Edström offers customised van racking systems and cost-efficient solutions for commercial vehicles to turn your van into a flexible, safe, and effective mobile workplace.
Here are three of our internal van racking products, and the benefits they bring both you and your business:
Shelving systems are an internal van racking solution that keeps tools, equipment, and materials organised inside the vehicle, preventing work materials from moving and shifting while the vehicle is in motion.
When your van is your workplace, it’s essential that it is as practical as possible. Investing in underfloor drawers means you can store more things in your vehicle while leaving room for equipment and other items on the floor itself.
Holders and hooks
Your van is a fundamental part of your profession. It is essential that you have high-quality internal van racking products if you are to work efficiently. Installing hooks and holders in your vehicle gives you a natural place to put and hang your belongings, making it easier to keep track of everything.
Different types of holders:
- Paper holder
- Cable roll holder
- Battery holder
- Tool holders
Choose System Edström when buying internal van racking
System Edström has many years’ experience working with both standard and customised van racking solutions. Whichever industry you’re in, we provide you with a complete range of high-quality van racking systems and internal racking for vans to ensure the inside of your van is flexible and safe.
If you’re unsure about what products and systems to decorate your van with, we recommend you use our high-tech drawing program, which you can find on our website, to plan and create outlines of your vehicle in 3D. You can draw layouts and test different internal van racking systems to see what suits you and your van best, either on your own or together with one of our dealers.