Van shelving is made in a variety of materials, including steel, aluminum, plastic or wood, depending on the size and design of the unit. This type of shelving primarily appears in cargo vans, which have an open storage area behind the main cab seating.
Cargo vans differ from passenger vans in that the rear of the vehicle is completely open, allowing for the storage and transportation of a wide range of materials and goods. However, many owners require additional storage compartments for housing tools or smaller items, thus requiring the installation of van shelving. One of the most common materials used in commercial construction of van shelving is metal, such as steel or aluminum. These shelves come in various styles and offer both standard shelf spaces as well as more elaborate storage compartments, including drawer systems and bin sections.
Companies such as Ranger Design and Northwest Truck Accessories sell multiple models of metal van storage systems, primarily for van models such as the Ford Econoline or the Mercedes Metris, as of 2015. It is also possible to purchase used and new van shelving systems from auction sites such as eBay.com. Alternately, websites such as ThisIsCarpentry.com offer instructions on how to build custom van shelving systems from wood. Plans such as these typically focus on a single van model, though it is possible to make minor modifications for compliance with other models.