Plan Your Storage Zones When Designing Your Commercial Cargo Van Storage Space

For someone starting out in the contracting business, knowing the best way to design a cargo van storage system may seem like a daunting task. To make it easier, break the project down into six specific areas of your van, each with a different storage function in mind.

Just as your workshop is organized according to tasks or functions of your profession, your work van can be just as effective, if you plan out the space in advance.

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Think about your workshop. You have the tool chest located in one area for a reason, and your saws, drill press, and other equipment spread out in other areas for the space they require. Functionally, you wouldn’t store all your small screwdrivers by the drill press when you actually need them over by the workbench and tool chest.

Your cargo van storage will function just as effectively when you see the storage capabilities based on different zones. Think of the six different zones of your commercial van:

The partition behind the seats
The roof
The floor
Street side behind the seats
Street side at the back
Curbside at the back

The first zone of the cargo van storage starts with the question of whether or not you need a solid partition or one with a door for accessibility to the rear of the van. Either way, the partition is not just an empty wall, it can also be used to hang items to keep them within easy reach.

The roof of many commercial vehicles is used for transporting large or long items. Understand the weight load of your particular van, and know what you might possibly be carrying up there. There are cargo racks, ladder racks, and utility racks that each serve a purpose for safely transporting product on top of your vehicle.

Often, longer items are kept on top of the van – but that doesn’t have to be the case for every storage situation. The floor of your Nissan NV cargo van could be fitted with an interior long part storage system down the center of the van. This type of system typically includes secured tie down straps, and can easily fit conduit or pipes up to ten feet in length!

Directly behind the seats, on the street side of the van, you may want to consider adding shelving or drawer units. Again, determine your storage needs, and look at the overall work space. When you are inside the van, what is the function of that particular space in relation to the others? Know what tasks you might do there or what could be stored there. This space is directly opposite the side doors on the curbside of the van, so it is easily accessible for quick tools or equipment. A shelving system with a workstation that includes catalog file organization makes it easy to look up information you need while on the job.

Further back, on the street side of the van, you may want to store other items that you would normally need access to from the rear doors. Things like tank holders, hooks, or a reel holder would be efficiently used from the backside of your cargo van.

On the curbside part of the van, directly behind the side doors, you may want some other storage ideas. Lockable drawer units might work here, to contain small parts, and supplies. Since the sides of this cabinet system are accessible from both the side doors and the back doors, it’s a good place to hang a hook storage system. Divider shelves may also separate small equipment or machinery you want to secure while driving.

Remember to think through the functionality of your cargo van storage ares, and set up your commercial van in a way that helps you work safely, efficiently, and effectively. Each zone of your van can have a different purpose, and by planning in advance, you won’t waste any areas that can be used for maximizing your van storage space.

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