Van racking ideas for builders

What do you carry in your van?

Builders we work with tell us they need free space to carry sheet material. Builders need racking to help organise and protect tools, equipment and fixings. There are two easy solutions to this problem. Firstly, keep the passengers side of the van free from racking and add some rail and straps to secure 8 x 4 sheets in place. Secondly, add special milled rail that fixes to the front of the racking with securing straps. It is then simple to secure material in place when on the move. Second option blocks off access to the racking, however builders inform us the first they do when they arrive on site is remove the sheet material so it’s not a huge problem. Transporting fragile material?  Ask  about bump rail (rail with rubber insert) to provide added protection for fragile goods.

Van floor and lining

To safely bolt racking in a van a good quality floor is needed, ideally at least 12mm marine grade ply material. VRS replacement floors are 12mm marine grade with resin a coating and marble grey finish, referred to as phenolic flooring. Floors are anti slip, easy to keep clean plus enhances the appearance, above all it makes for an altogether nicer space to work in. Builders often transport sand, cement and plaster bags, therefore a chequered plate floor covering could be a better option. Standard ply lining is suitable for racking to be fixed too, however there are superior options available. Polypropylene lining kits are lighter than ply, easily wiped clean and keep the inside looking smart.

What sort of racking and storage works for you?

With an idea of what needs to be accommodated think about how items will be stored. Tools can be stored in steel drawers, a comprehensive choice of depths,widths and heights are available, mix the options up a bit for maximum flexibility. Lockable locker units are great for valuable tools or for storing protective gear and available in several different heights. Open shelving units with their removable mats and dividers are great for general storage.

Consumables and fixings

Transparent drawers and Lin bin style containers provide the added benefit of being able to easily view stock onboard. Easily viewing stock means you don’t overbuy. Euro crates provide deep storage capacity and therefore suitable for larger items, definitely worth considering as a storage choice. Steel or plastic service cases are popular and available in different sizes with or without colour coded insert containers.  Choose between fixed units or van shelving that slides out for service cases.

Do you need a workbench and vice?

Workbenches often feature in a builders racking system for jobs that are easier to do with tools and equipment already in the van. Vice on the bench is a favourite or space saving slide out vice with rotating vice plate is worth considering. For heavier vice work it’s possible to have a platform drop down type with supporting leg.

Difficult to store items

For difficult to store items and extendible top tray is very useful or a long items holder for the end of the racking. Bulky equipment can be stored surprisingly easily at floor level and kept in place with some straps.

Need some inspiration?

Take a look at our product guide graphic which shows some of the most popular products that often feature in a racking design. Examples of other installs we have completed for other customers can be viewed on our extensive case study pages. Alternatively give our design team a call, we are always happy to help, answer any questions and offer advice if needed.

Van racking for builders layout

Now that you have planned what you need to carry on the van and have some ideas on how to best store it. Time to think about how you would like your van racking organised. Think about how you work with the van and what time can potentially be saved by having the most frequent used tools positioned close to a door.

Do you need an Inverter or extra internal lighting?

Power on board for charging tools can make the working day easier, ask us about having an inverter installed as part of the install. Extra lighting via low power LED strips inside is an easy and low cost option.

Don’t forget the accessories

Often and understandably overlooked but they really can compliment a racking design

Hand washing systems

Silicone and can holders

Fire Extinguishers…… name just a few

Ask us for a CAD Drawing

As the project starts to come together now is the time to ask Van Racking Solutions to produce a costed design. View what the racking will look like in the van and the associated costs. Based on feedback we can make design adjustments until it’s just how you want it to be. The service is completely free of charge and without obligation. We are always happy to provide a quote based on full installation or advise on the suitability of a DIY fit.

We hope you found our blog on van racking ideas for builders vans helpful.