Rubbermaid FastTrack Part 4: Shelving & Accessories
Are you keen to get started on organizing your garage having read our other articles about the Rubbermaid FastTrack series?
If so here is a bit more information on Rubbermaid FastTrack shelves and other popular accessories.
Rubbermaid FastTrack Shelving
The easiest Rubbermaid FastTrack shelf to install is the 19″x11″ shelf with 3 hooks that snaps right onto the rail like the other accessories but for something bigger, you will need the 48″x16″ shelves.
To fix these larger shelves to the rail, you will also need three upright tracks with grippers and brackets (sold separately). The grippers snap onto the rail and the brackets (once locked onto the uprights) support the shelves. The uprights come in two different lengths (25″ and 47.5″) depending on how many shelves you want or how low you want them to hang below the rail.
The shelves are 16″ deep, so ideal for storing large boxes and they have a lip at the back to stop items from hitting the wall. Like all FastTrack accessories, they are maintenance free and sturdy, holding items weighing up to 350 lbs.
Add a few tiers of this sleek looking shelving to store a variety of items, such as gardening tools, hats, boots etc. Why not use them to store your plants on during winter?
How you position them is completely customizable and being lightweight, they are easy to rearrange.
The only downside is the cost. By the time you’ve bought the shelf, 3 uprights and 3 brackets, the price is quite high. Make sure you get at least 2 shelves and mount both on the 3 uprights you are buying to make the most of the cost.
To offset the cost you have to remember that these shelves are not permanently drilled into your garage wall. You can adjust the location at any time, so you are paying extra for added convenience.
Popular Rubbermaid FastTrack Accessories
You can hang just about anything on this hook thanks to its long and strong arm. Think of all your long handle tools, sports equipment and scooters that you can keep off the garage floor but easily to hand. Why not get two and use them to hold a canopy or hammock horizontally folded up in their bag.
Capable of holding up to 50 lbs in weight, the options are endless. It also has a protective lip at the end to ensure your items don’t fall off onto you or the floor, a protective coating to ensure it won’t scratch your tools and the arm can be folded up when not in use to keep your garage safer. Tools can be stored right side up or upside down, whichever is more appropriate to their shape.
As with all FastTrack accessories, mounting this hook onto the Rubbermaid storage rail is as easy as snapping it into place. It is also maintenance free thanks to its finish.
You certainly get utility with this hook. As well as hanging general items such as shovels and tools, it is great for storing extension cords and other wrapping items thanks to its tall lip.
As with the multi-purpose hook it is easily snapped onto the FastTrack rail, can hold up to 50 lbs in weight and is rust, chip and maintenance free. It is a great space saver and will really get you hooked on Rubbermaid’s FastTrack system.
Vertical Ball Rack
Basketballs, soccer balls, Nerf balls and all the other types of ball are hard to keep track of in a garage with their ability to roll all over the place. This vertical rack makes the most of your vertical wall space by stacking all your balls in an easy to access rack.
The bungee cords hold balls of any size tight but allow easy access to them without the need for removing the top ones to get to those lower down. It is also easy to put the balls away again at the end of play. It will hold 6-10 balls depending on their size. Small balls like tennis balls could be accommodated in a small basket hung underneath or even kept in a bag within the main rack.
Snapping onto the Rubbermaid FastTrack rail in seconds, your ball storage worries could be over very soon. It could also be used without the rail – just stand it in the corner of your garage or hang on a utility hook.
Don’t be limited to ball storage though – it is also great for keeping kids bike helmets neat and tidy.
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