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Storage Organization 101: Make Your Shelving Work For You

Storage Solutions

Storage areas are supposed to keep an area organized and efficient, however, at times they can become cluttered which can cause more harm than good. Make the most of your storage areas with these tips and visit Central’s website for all your shelving needs!

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Did you know different types of shelving should be used for different types of environments?

Epoxy shelving is available in Green or Central Blue is ideal for humid environments and chrome or zinc is great for dry. Many epoxy coated shelves are available with antimicrobial protection which protects shelving against bacteria, mold and mildew.

Once you’ve determined what type of shelving is best for your storage area, consider which types of shelves work best.

Vented Shelving

  • Open design takes advantage of minimal surface area
  • Provides good circulation for drying and temperature regulation
  • Lighter in weight for easier mobility
  • Design allows for easier loading and unloading of product

storage solid shelvingSolid Shelving

  • One-piece construction allows for more surface area to be used (especially great for small items)
  • Easy to clean
  • Ideal for messy areas (i.e. food prep or warewashing)
  • Controls spills

Weight Capacities

All of Central’s shelving units include shelf weight capacity information. On average, stationary shelves 48″W and shorter hold 800 pounds and anything 60″W or longer holds 600 pounds. Those capacities vary slightly for mobile shelving but read all capacity listings in our catalog or on our website to confirm what a shelving unit can hold. For heavy duty storage needs, dunnage shelves are also available. Typically they can be added to a bottom of a storage unit with capacities up to 1000 pounds.

Keep in mind weight on shelves should be evenly distributed. Do not concentrate all the weight in one area.

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Tips for Customization

Some storage areas may never need to change, while others could benefit from some minor updates from time to time. Many types of storage solutions can easily be adjusted to accommodate various heights or to add in more shelves. Color shelf markers, label holders and shelf dividers are available to further organize a space.

Other tips for customizing storage shelving include:

storage wall shelvingOther Types of Storage

Sometimes certain storage areas require unique types of shelves. Consider the following options to maximize or better utilize a space.

Wall Solutions

Wall shelving can be added almost anywhere to maximize storage for items like pots, pans, dish racks, cleaning supplies and more. Complete or customizable wall storage systems are also available to provide storage with wall shelves, can holders, cylinder utensil holders, bottle drying hooks, utility racks and more.

Pots, Pans and Trays

As mentioned earlier, there are add-ons available for storage such as tray slides. One of the latest products from Metro is the MetroMax i™ Drying Rack Shelving System to promote food safety by the elimination of moisture. Complete drying rack shelving units are available for trays or pots and pans. For establishments that already have MetroMax shelving, shelves can easily be converted to accommodate the tray or pot/pan drying racks.

storage security shelvingSecurity

Need to make sure a storage area is secure? Several of Central’s manufacturers have enclosed security shelving units.  These units can be secured with a padlock to keep individual contents protected from theft.  Choose between full shelving kits or individual shelf conversion sets to best suit your needs.

Cans, Glassware and Dishes

Can racks often have a “first in, first out” design and are inclined to have cans glide for easy access. Can racks typically hold No. 5 or No. 10 cans. For glasses, glassware racks are great to safely store and transport glasses. For dishes and bussing, there are a variety of caddies available to accommodate dishes and flatware. These allow for the safe storage and transport of dishes and a sanitary environment for flatware.


For heavy duty storage needs, dunnage racks are a great add. Capacities for these shelves range anywhere from 750 pounds to 3000 pounds. These can be added with shelving units but also can be placed in refrigerators or freezers as well.

More Information

For more storage solutions, visit or contact a Central Product Consultant at 800-215-9293.

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