While shelves have been around for as long as people needed to store things, wire shelves are more recent. The wire shelves, often chrome shelving, offer a "duct-free" surface on which to store things. They are popular in restaurants where cleanliness is all, and soon caught on in the home and business. Cheap wire racking is available for residential and commercial use.
Building supply stores
Building supply stores are a source for cheap wire storage racks. The selection of shelving can vary for each store. You may find wire shelving made of chrome or chrome shelving that's been painted. There also, you can buy wire baskets which you can use in conjunction with the wire shelving as well as other storage boxes and solutions. The wire shelving may be sold individually as well as part of multiple storage systems.
Kitchen supply stores
Kitchen supply stores are also a source for wire shelving. Since wire shelving has caught on in the restaurant business, you will be able to find a wide selection here, both for the home and business. The prices will vary, however, cheaper versions of the more expensive offerings will be present as well. You may find that the cheaper wire shelving is made from thinner gauge wire than the more expensive, thicker one. Some shelving may come with wheels which make them portable or at least, easy to move about the room in which they are stored.
Rack stores, or stores that specialise in shelving of all kinds are an excellent source of cheap wire shelving. Due to the specialisation, they will be able to offer a wider selection of wire shelving, including those that are in the cheaper category. Online shelving stores are also a good choice as they have the added benefit of lower overhead than a brick and mortar store, and they might be able to offer free shipping as well. With online retailers, you may find that you are able to buy better quality wire racks at a discount that were more expensive in a store. If you are buying online, don't hesitate to ask many questions about load capacity as you don't want to be stuck with wire shelving that will buckle under the weight of what's stored on it.