Storage racks aren’t about to win any beauty prizes, but then again, we don’t need them to. From the pantry to the laundry room or mud room to the garage and beyond, storage racks provide, well, extra storage in spots that could — let’s be honest — otherwise be an undifferentiated mess. They provide an organized spot for all of the goods and gear (think jumbo packs of paper towels and jumper cables) that we buy and need, but don’t necessarily need immediate access to. But just because they’re utilitarian doesn’t mean just any old storage rack will do.
The best storage racks for your home are sturdy and customizable, with heavy-duty shelving that you can adjust depending on your storage needs. And while storage racks provide a no-frills organization solution, they’re definitely not all the same. Some models are plastic, while others are metal; some have wheels for easy mobility while others are designed to be stationary.
If your home could use a little study space for storing things, consider your specific needs — and then check out these five great picks, which we’ve selected for their functionality, storability and durable design. Buy one, assemble it and start enjoying a tidier space!
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1. NSF Wire Shelving Unit 6-Shelf
This 6-shelf wire shelving unit is easy to assemble. It’s a commercial grade, utility steel storage rack on 4-inch casters, with shelf heights that are adjustable, and each shelf can hold up to 600 pounds, for a unit total of 3,600 pounds — enough, we’re fairly sure, for most of our storage needs.
2. Plano Molding Utility Shelving
This shelving is a good model for light storage like linens or seasonal decor. The solid plastic shelving is ideal for smaller items — there are no holes for things to fall through — and it’s a breeze to assemble. The biggest drawback is that the shelf heights aren’t adjustable, and have a 50-pound weight limit per shelf. However, if you’re okay with evenly spaced shelves for stashing your stuff, this is a good bet.
3. AmazonBasics Expandable Metal Hanging Storage Rack
This storage rack is great for bedrooms with no closets or off-season storage. Double levels of expandable metal rods allow you to store hanging clothes (up to 75 pounds per rod), while 10 shelves (with included liners) provide space for smaller items like T-shirts or shoes.
4. Origami Foldable 4-Shelf Storage Rack with Wheels
For occasional storage needs, this foldable storage rack is perfect. When not in use, it folds flat enough to go into a closet or under a bed, and when needed, it unfolds to hold up to 250 pounds per shelf. The one drawback we found: Because it can fold, the shelves are not adjustable.
5. Storage Metal Shelf Wire Shelving Unit
You don’t have to fetch the toolbox when you’re assembling this metal rack. This pick’s height can be adjusted based on your needs. This multi-use shelf is rust- and oxidation-resistant. You can certainly fill these shelves up with a lot of weight—up to 350 pounds per shelf. The great news is that it has durable wheels, so you can move it without having to take everything off the shelf before moving it.
6. Wire Shelving Unit
This shelf gives you the best of both worlds. It has smooth wheels, so you can roll it from one location to another, but those wheels have breaks. You can put the break on whenever you’ve found the perfect location for your shelf. Made out of steel, each one of these shelves can hold 350 pounds or a combined 2100 pounds. The weight of each shelf will be evenly distributed and not put too much pressure on one particular shelf.
7. Topeakmart 5 Tier Storage Rack
Made specifically with your messy garage in mind, this storage rack is made out of steel and MDF boards. Each shelf can hold 386 pounds, which is more than many of our picks. All you need is a rubber mallet to put this shelving unit together. When you move, this shelf is also easy to take apart. You can adjust these shelves to different heights and find out what works best for your garage.