Parcel Shelf

Parcel Shelf

Anyone getting their Parcel Shelf?

nickjhowe | December 8, 2012

Check out the Punch List thread. It is being tracked there.

Manta | December 8, 2012

Nope. I have one in my Prius, and I only use it (occasionally) because I don't have a trunk (or frunk).

jillsv12 | January 24, 2014

I ordered a Parcel Shelf with my S as I like the option of keeping items in my trunk hidden. However, with the shelf in place I find it difficult to put anything sizable in or access the full back trunk? And several times I have flipped the back half up so as to be able to access the full trunk area and then forgot to put it back down before I close the trunk. And then I get into the car and go to back out but can’t see out the rearview mirror (though one can always use the camera).

Maybe Tesla will come up with an elegant solution, but here's my 10 minute fix-it.

jordanrichard | January 24, 2014

Quite a few hatchbacks in the past had the same set up. Ford Escorts were one of them.
Nice adaptation on your part. | January 24, 2014

I don't have my Model S yet (due February 12) but I ordered the parcel shelf. Are you saying that the Model S parcel shelf doesn't include the two "strings" to raise the back part when the hatch goes up, and lower it when the hatch goes down? One of my current cars is a hatchback and it has those "strings"; I sort of assumed that every hatchback with a parcel shelf had them.

jordanrichard | January 24, 2014

Nope, no strings. The first 1/3 of shelf does fold away from you to help gain access. So unless you do the trick mentioned above, it's a manual operation.

DallasTXModelS | January 24, 2014

I took delivery on December 15th and my parcel shelf delivered in the car.

DallasTXModelS | January 24, 2014

The shelf folds completely flat when it's folded forward and doesn't block my view out the back window. For sizable things it folds in half flat and stores in the lower storage space. Assuming you dont have t be optional rear facing seats the lid to the lower storage area also folds and fits in the bottom of the storage pit giving you the full height from the storage area to the glass roof to carry tall items.

vouteb | January 26, 2014

where did you attach the strings to on the inside of the car?

tesla.mahedy | January 26, 2014

@Vouteb +1

Could you post a DIY guide for us?


jordanrichard | January 26, 2014

I just place my order, decided to not get the parcel shelf. I can make my own for about $10. I will go to Home Depot and buy a small sheet of that brown fiber board and some black synthetic suede to cover it. I was actually told by a Tesla sales rep., that it really isn't needed. The whole point to this shelf is to hide your stuff from prying eyes. Due to the height of the rear window and the width of the car, someone would have to make an effort to look inside. Typically in car break ins to get valuables is from things being seen in plain sight.

sbeggs | January 26, 2014

We have also ordered our S85 without parcel shelf and intend to make our own, the difference is we plan to make a shelf out of dark mahogany or ebony and after a high-gloss finish we plan to mount collapsible legs on ones side(mostly the side facing down) and then remove it "along the way", cover it with a white table cloth, add two place settings, a fine bottle of red wine and sit in some scenic place for a fine meal. This will be followed by a wee nap to sleep off the wine on our TempurPedic mattress that will be custom cut to fit the space on top of the folded back seats. If we can just talk Tesla into allowing a 120 volt plug-in for plate and meal warmer we'll be all set for some real traveling.
We have lots of possibilities in mind for this quantum change in traveling versus our older V8 ICE machine.

eAdopter | January 26, 2014

I purchased the shelf. I like how it hides rear cargo, and protects cold food from the sun during summer. I agree this is an area where Tesla could have done better with a retractable cover. My Honda came with one at no additional cost.

Haeze | January 26, 2014

When I bought my Model S, I was concerned about needing covered trunk space, but contended with the high price of the parcel shelf (which was essentially a piece of plywood covered in carpet). After seeing the car in-person without the rear seats installed, "the well" in back of the car is more than adequate to hide anything you need in the trunk. Anything that is too large to fit in there wouldn't be able to be stolen easily by smashing out the window, because it would be so bulky and unwieldy to steal. Also, for those who are still concerned about it, I would store those things in the Frunk, so no one would EVER consider looking in there for something to steal.

The verdict ? The Parcel Shelf wasn't worth it, unless you just have extra money you want to throw at the car.

AoneOne | January 26, 2014

The parcel shelf is also said to reduce the amount of motor noise heard in the cabin. Makes sense, though I've never directly confirmed it.

jordanrichard | January 26, 2014

sbeggs, excellent idea, but when your "table" is being used as the parcel shelf, you will need to place a non reflective covering on it to prevent the glare. Also, you could build sturdier legs that can be kept in the well, assuming you don't have the jump seat option.

Robert22 | January 26, 2014


Ownership denies this. It does reduce the squeal on acceleration slightly.

leoya | January 26, 2014

I have the shelf. I got it mostly for cosmetic and privacy reasons. First, the look is much cleaner when you don't see the contents of the trunk through the rear hatch window. Second, sometimes I want to stash my computer backpack out of sight when parking in iffy areas. The backpack doesn't fit into the rear covered storage well.

Once I've had a chance to drive the car with and without parcel shelf, I've realized that it also reduces noise level. Model S rear trunk without a shelf is essentially a large resonator, so tire rumble and other road noise tend to get amplified. The shelf noticeably reduces the rumble.

petochok | January 26, 2014

New Model S slogan: No strings attached!

chrisdl | January 26, 2014

This confirms earlier findings from other forum members. Volkerize is our friend ;-)

Mark K | January 26, 2014

Put one of these in my wife's S (not yet in mine).

Although not a bargain, it's actually worth the $250 to me.

It's not fiberboard and carpet ... instead it's a lightweight hi-tech structural foam core with a padded upholstered surface (a black version of the headliner fabric).

The materials and construction are pretty effective as an acoustic damper. The car is noticeably quieter as a result.

It also looks better than the open void, and hides all your cargo - not only for security, but it also just looks cleaner than seeing stuff back there when folks get in the rear seat.

Auto-lift hatch lanyards would be nice from the factory, but in practice it's rarely any impediment to loading. Because it's so light weight, it's very easy to move when desired.

I think it makes the car look more finished.

I'm getting a second one for my S, and ordered a couple of the new consoles too. They are details, but they make the car look more plush and refined.

krpirrone | February 3, 2015

Isn't the parcel shelf included and free when you configure a Model S? When I configured and ordered mine (August 2014) it was a default option to have and did not change the cost of the vehicle. Looking at the website now, I don't even see it as an option to not include it. Nice to know it is an acoustic dampener. I'm just trying to find ways to stow it away in the car when I need to remove it for my bike. I also use it as a barrier for my dog to not get into the front two seats when he's in the car with the rear seats folded down.

sule | February 3, 2015

:) now it is. It wasn't before. I had to order it separately.

Haggy | February 3, 2015

My parcel shelf didn't come with instructions. What kind of parcels can I put on it?

sule | February 3, 2015

Actually, speaking of that, I am not sure I would put any...I use it more as cover / mask than a shelf...

aarnold | February 3, 2015

It is great for holding a Pizza from Costco.

Mine came with the car (Order in August 2014, got the car in Dec 2014)...

mathwhiz | February 3, 2015

Ha, I thought @Haggy's comment was meant tongue-in-cheek, n'est-ce pas?

GAGSTESLA | February 3, 2015

Ha, better not put too many parcels on the shelf, do not think it could hold much.

mathwhiz | February 3, 2015

Pizza, great idea. But only Costco pizza... ;-)

My history with parcel shelves has soured me to their claimed benefit(s)... When I lived in Boston, I picked up a friend at the airport, who'd come into town for a visit. As she happened to arrive on July 4th, we went straight to the esplanade to celebrate and see the Pops. We returned later to find a couple of my windows smashed out and her large suitcase, hidden beneath the parcel shelf, stolen. Of course, there was nothing in it of value, but apparently the thieves must have thought what was concealed could be a jackpot... Ever since, I have regarded the "parcel shelf" as worse than counterproductive. :~

Anyway, has anyone tested the ability of said parcel shelf to quiet drive unit sounds or road noise? Does it provide a substantial benefit?

mathwhiz | February 3, 2015

Aw nuts, @BrianH is gonna ding me on that (which may be construed as) double negative... :-(

Sam_S | February 3, 2015

Am I the only one that lifts it up to unload the trunk, but then always forgets to lower it back?

Must be over a dozen times I've driven off only to look in the rear view mirror with that damn parcel flap blocking my view out the rearview window. Argh!!!

NKYTA | February 3, 2015

It reduces noise a bit, but not a lot.

Good for placing clothes flat.

@Sam_s, you are not alone. :-)

aarnold | February 3, 2015

Sam...I do it all the time. You described it to a "T"...HA !!!!

kevinf311 | February 3, 2015

I expect that I'll remove it the first day I have the car at home and it will never get used again.

The Chevy Trailblazer my father owns has a divider (won't even call it a shelf) that is extended via a spring-loaded roller. The roller itself can be removed and was.

Haggy | February 3, 2015

Yes, I did mean it tongue in cheek, mostly. But they do call it a parcel shelf. I figured maybe if it were an industry standard term, that would be the reason, but I never found such a definition. The implication is that it would be used for holding parcels, but I just never pictured using it that way. If they had called it a privacy barrier/cover/lid or anything similar, I might still consider using it for a Costco pizza if I end up buying one. But it does raise the question of why they call it a parcel shelf. Does anybody use it for carrying parcels? I've never heard the phrase "pizza parcel."

Am I the only one that lifts it up to unload the trunk, but then always forgets to lower it back?

You might be. I sometimes remember to lower it back. If somebody is in the back seat, you can open the hatch, have that person reach back to push it, and then close the hatch again.

Haggy | February 3, 2015

Good for placing clothes flat.

Now you've ruined any chance of us ever getting hooks.

evsisson | February 3, 2015

Maybe they call it a parcel shelf only because it looks like one. The one in my ICE 4-door sedan is useless for holding parcels also. All it's good for is keeping prying eyes out of the trunk and for mounting speakers.

JayInJapan | February 3, 2015

Although the grammar of the shelf's name is off, 'parcel' is a verb, too. It means 'divide' or 'separate'. That's how I think of it.

sbeggs | February 3, 2015

We substituted our own design/build for the Tesla parcel shelf. Ours was made from plywood covered with a blue/black vinyl, with 4 recesses for attaching wooden table legs. Being heavier than a parcel shelf, it attenuates noise well, and is handy for having lunch at rest stops, or dining in a hotel kitchen suite which lacks a dining table. For the West Coast/Canada trip, we also brought folding chairs, and tied some supplies in relatively flat boxes to the shelf with bungee cords. Even with the Model S' irresistible acceleration forces, they stayed put. Also useful for camouflaging suitcases.

Strangely, I feel a craving for pizza coming on...

Brian H | February 3, 2015

Think of it as the parcel cover-up shelf?