On the Storing Comics page I talk about different kinds of comic boxes, including Drawer Boxes and Comic Houses that can be bought specifically to hold comics a a fairly efficient way. I love the Drawer Boxes, but by the time they came around I already had hundreds of long boxes that I didn’t want to throw away, so I wanted a method of storing all those boxes. There are a several reasons to make some kind of shelving or racking system for your comic boxes:
When building a rack system you can go in a bunch of different directions, but one key factor to consider is that if your storing a bunch of boxes, you need to use a strong material because comic boxes full of comics are HEAVY. A full long box weighs about 50 pounds. I recommend steel, and not thin steel either.
Personally, I had several hundred long boxes I needed to rack and the solution I came up with is what I'm going to walk through here.
I needed to take into consideration that I wanted something:
I searched around various hardware stores, considering and rejecting a number of pre-made units, mostly due to one or the other of two reasons:
Ultimately, I found a customizable racking system at Lowe’s Home Improvement. These were heavy gauge steel racks where you bought the side racks in the depth/height you wanted, added the rails that connected the two side racks horizontally, and best yet, the shelves themselves were a heavy gauge steel rack that could just be dropped into place.
The problem I had was that they only carried a 24″ depth of the rack sides in the store, but I was able to custom order a 30″ depth. So to build each unit, here is what I ordered:
I decided, to maximize the vertical space I had available, that I would do the bottom 2 racks where I would stack boxes on top of one another and then do the top 2 racks that were only 1 box each. It’s fairly easy to move 1 box to get at a box underneath, and when it is low, that is also pretty easy to do physically. This allowed me to get 6 rows of boxes in, with the option of putting a 7th row on the top. Though actually, I keep Rubbermaid bins full of toys & action figures on the top. I also secured heavy gauge plastic sheeting to the sides and rear of each unit just to make them a bit more enclosed, since they’re in my garage (that does not get too hot because of the insulation, nor does it get moist, because I live in a low humidity part of California).
I tried to capture as much specific information as I remember and hopefully this will be useful to some collectors out there. Remember the key concern:
Keep your boxes off the ground whenever you are able!