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Barbell Storage 101

By Richard McKay October 18, 2022

Whether you’re building a home gym or a commercial gym, barbells are one of the top pieces of equipment you need. Investing in a decent barbell can actually make all the difference in its quality, as well as in your workout. 

While many people go as far as buying one or more barbells to add to their gym, they don’t always consider the practical side; storage. Storing your barbells the right way is essential for many reasons, including long-term use and safety. 

One of the most common mistakes people make when they first invest in a barbell is to simply leave it on the floor. Not only will this cause damage to the barbell, but it also creates a tripping hazard that can cause injury. 

Barbells that are not stored properly may be scratched or start to rust. Another common issue with improperly stored barbells is that the knurling gets worn down prematurely. While these issues may not immediately affect the barbell’s use, they will impact the overall quality and lifespan. 

When storing a barbell, there are a few things that you need to know, including 

  • Store the barbell off the ground.

  • Keep it away from sunlight. 

  • Make sure it is stored in a dry location. 

  • Take all weights off the barbell when stored. 

By following these tips, you can ensure a long life for your barbell and can maintain a safe environment around your gym. 

Learning to properly store barbells is essential. Read on for everything you need to know about barbell storage. 

What is a Barbell Storage Rack?

Barbell storage racks are racks specifically designed to hold barbells and sometimes barbell weights. Weights are typically stored in order from lightest to heaviest. They are not stored on the barbell itself, as that can cause damage to the barbell. The best racks are off of the ground and typically mounted to the wall, ensuring proper storage and keeping them out of the way of the valuable gym floor space. 

Why You Need to Invest in a Barbell Wall Rack

Barbells on rack

Barbell wall racks are an important investment because they ensure that you have what you need to store your barbells properly. This is important, as improperly stored barbells take up space, can easily be damaged, and are also a hazard. Take a closer look at some of the reasons you should invest in a barbell rack:

Frees Up Space

Most gyms, especially home gyms, have limited space. When there’s not a ton of space to hold your workout equipment and to exercise, every bit is important. If you don’t have a barbell storage rack, there’s a good chance you’re just storing your barbells on the floor, taking up precious space. With a wall rack, you can store your barbells out of the way and keep the floor free.

Keeps Barbells in Good Condition

When you properly store barbells, you are helping to keep them in good condition. Barbells have a pretty long lifespan, however, when improperly stored they tend to experience damage and wear ahead of time. Barbells that are not stored well can end up getting scratched, dented, rusted, and weakened. This reduces the length of time you’ll be able to use them. Instead, store them well and keep your barbells in great shape for years to come. 

Reduces Safety Hazards

Barbells that are kept on the ground pose a huge safety issue. They are large and in the way, making them a target for legs and feet that aren’t quite paying attention. Children, animals, and others can easily trip on barbells that are lying around. By storing your barbells in a wall rack, you can reduce the risk of injury and keep people safe. 

Types of Barbell Storage Racks

There are two types of barbell storage that you can choose from; horizontal and vertical. While both types have wall rack and floor rack options, barbell wall racks tend to provide the best support and are typically the best use of space. However, consider your specific gym space and your needs before deciding on the type of rack to invest in. 

The main difference between the two types of racks is that horizontal racks are designed to store the barbell horizontally, across the length of the rack, while vertical racks are designed for the barbell to be held up and down. Both types of racks come in wall and floor models.

Some people prefer horizontal wall racks, as they help to keep the barbell further from the ground and away from dust/dirt that can cause damage. Others prefer vertical wall racks if storing multiple barbells or many different sizes of barbells, as there are some types of barbells that are difficult to fit in a horizontal rack. 

Choose the Best Barbell Storage Rack for Your Gym

Before purchasing your barbell storage rack, you will want to consider a few things. A barbell rack is an investment so it is essential to take your time, research, and choose the best rack for your gym space.

Space Size

One of the very first things you’ll want to consider is the size of your gym space. Think about how much floor and wall space you have and what else you want to purchase for your gym. You need to make sure you have the room to store all of your equipment and to work out. When considering space, most people opt for wall racks because they are out-of-the-way and leave more valuable floor space for exercising and storage. You’ll also want to determine if your space is more conducive to horizontal or vertical racks. 

Maximum Weight

Another thing you will need to think about is how much weight you need your barbell rack to be able to hold. If you have multiple barbells, you will need a rack with a higher max weight. If you just have one, you will still need to determine if you might purchase more in the future. The last thing you want to do is buy a barbell rack that doesn’t hold enough weight, so make sure to do your research before you decide. 

Read Reviews

Make sure and read online reviews about any storage racks you’re considering. Reviews are typically pretty forthcoming and will alert you to any potential issues with the rack that you might buy. They can also give you confidence about a good choice and help you make your decision. 

Super Strong Storage Racks

Super Strong storage racks are uniquely designed and crafted to meet the needs of most home and commercial gyms. We offer both wall and tiered racks that are made to reduce floor and storage space. 

Here are some of our top choices when it comes to barbell storage:

Wall and Floor Fixed Weight and Bumper Plate Storage

This useful and versatile storage set is fixed to both the wall and floor, making it a strong and secure barbell wall rack. Store both weights and bumper plates, which easily slide on and off the rack for easy use and clean up. 

Wall-Mounted Weight and Bumper Plate Storage Horn

The simplest, most space-saving storage option for barbells is the wall-mounted storage horn. Attach to your wall and add your barbell weights for off-the-ground, out-of-the-way wall space storage. 

Bumper Plate Storage Horn

Barbell Shelf

The Super Strong Barbell Shelf is the best way to store your barbells without taking up floor space, hands down. Expertly crafted and made, it is high-quality and precision-bent, with a uniquely designed rung set-up and 8-gauge steel brackets, meant to hold up and support the shaft of any bar. The barbell shelf makes it easy to store and remove bars for workouts and is made with a protective coating to the brackets for keeping your barbells safe and free from damage. 

Barbell rack

9 Bar Holder

The 9 Bar Holder is designed to hold up to 9 Olympic-size barbells in a simple, compact way. With its sleeve-first design and matte black finish, it protects the knurling and keeps the bar safe. Easily storing multiple 2-inch bars, the 9 Bar Holder is spaced for easy use and storage. 

9 Bar holder

Wall-Mounted Squat Rack

Wall-Mounted Squat Racks are another great space-saving option as they are out of the way and serve the dual purpose of being a part of a great workout and providing barbell storage. This squat rack attaches to the wall, keeping it out of the way of other gym equipment, and can be used for many of the exercises in your workout routine, including bench pressing, squats, and pull-ups. The rack is built tough and provides brackets for barbell storage. 

Wall Mounted Squat Rack

Power Rack

Our Power Racks are designed with space-saving and usability in mind. Built tough and long-lasting, with powder-coated steel, they include several elements that make workout and storage a breeze. Power Racks come with j hooks, a multi grip pull-up bar, and web catchers, with room for multiple attachments. Combine with any storage rack solutions for the perfect workout and storage option for your home or commercial gym. 

Power Rack

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