This just strikes me as a great idea. The short version: They’re good ole’ metal shelves like the cheap (and useful) ones you probably already have, but this company, Space-Trac, has added a little track system on the bottom and some sliding feed so you can stack them two-deep and slide the shelves back and forth for access.
Though the press release doesn’t spec them clearly (probably because it’s just not that important), the shelves themselves look to be made of standard steel with cross-rail shelves with insets (likely MDF or more expensive options for those needing to store heavy items). The rails, however, are made of 6061-T6 aluminum and the slider carriages ride on the rails via a ball-bearing system.
Clearly they offer quite a few options, too, as you can see in the inset where they’ve added pegboard on the back/sides to increase storage density even further. The system will ship in shelf depths from 15 to 36 inches and heights from 60 to 72 inches. They’ll come in shelf weight capacities of 450, 700, or 900 lbs.
We’ve gotta ask some more questions, but to give you an idea of pricing, the 450 lb. model in 15″ depth, 30″ width, and 60″ height with four shelves — complete with the railing and carriages — runs about $118. This goes up to around $188 for the 950 lb. model. I assume that you can buy shelves alone once you have the kit, but we’ll find out about that.
We’ll research these further since they seem like a great solution for most of us with limited garage storage — assuming the shelves themselves test out as quality stuff. But just from the press release alone, we thought they’re worth sharing. (And we can’t help thinking that some of you creative DIY Toolmongers might want to try this idea out on your own.)
Sliding Shelving System [Space-Trac]