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Old 02-01-2015, 02:07 PM   #21
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The issue that we have is that our pantry is deep and narrow, abut 4' wide and 8' deep and we have 16" shelves at the end.
That's a tough one. I'd probably go with a set of 12" shelves on one wall (floor to ceiling) and 8" shelves on the opposite one. That leaves a 28" wide aisle (only a little narrower than the door). Hanging stuff goes on the back wall. Cheap, flexible, lots of storage (put a kick/step stool in there), nothing mechanical to break. The narrow shelves are great for being able to see everything at a glance and actually reach it. I'd put a good light in there, too.

Our particular challenge is that two of our bedrooms have closets that are almost square--about 3-4' deep and 3-4' wide. They are much less useful than the normal 24" deep x 6-8' wide ones.
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Old 02-01-2015, 02:21 PM   #22
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That's a tough one. I'd probably go with a set of 12" shelves on one wall (floor to ceiling) and 8" shelves on the opposite one. That leaves a 28" wide aisle (only a little narrower than the door). Hanging stuff goes on the back wall. Cheap, flexible, lots of storage (put a kick/step stool in there), nothing mechanical to break. The narrow shelves are great for being able to see everything at a glance and actually reach it. I'd put a good light in there, too.

Our particular challenge is that two of our bedrooms have closets that are almost square--about 3-4' deep and 3-4' wide. They are much less useful than the normal 24" deep x 6-8' wide ones.
I was thinking the same solution for pb4uski's closet. Sometimes the shelving is so deep you don't have easy access.

You can always have a 2 tier rod on one side for hanging shirts and other similar length items. The other side is just the 1 rod for hanging long items like full length coats or long dresses.
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The wire shelves that we used the wires were pretty close, about 1/2" as i recall, and they have worked well for us for most pantry items.

The issue that we have is that our pantry is deep and narrow, abut 4' wide and 8' deep and we have 16" shelves at the end. and hang stuff (clothing, brooms, etc.) on the side walls. It works ok, but I have been thinking about how to get more functional storage buy perhaps building a floor to ceiling lazy susan that is the width of the pantry at the end, or perhaps some ferris wheel type of storage (AutoPantry being and example).
Is there enough room to roll a cart out into the room/hall? How wide is the door, or is it a full 4' width opening?

You could pick from these:

Chrome Wire Shelving, Chrome Wire Storage in Stock - ULINE

and have maybe an 18" wide shelf/cart on wheels, with a 24" one next to it, as deep as you wish, and just roll them out to access everything. There would be almost no wasted space.

They come 3, 4, 5, and 6 feet 'wide' (this would be 'depth' for you), so you could leave a couple feet at the end for your current shelves, or stuff you rarely access. Or use two to four shorter/narrower ones in combination if that would make it easier to maneuver.

If you have a near full width entry, and the room to roll it out, this single
72 x 36 x 72" would only be ~ $450 with casters, and you are done!

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The last third of the space has a very low ceiling. I am thinking slide out shelves would still allow a adult to stand (bent over somewhat) and have access to the items on the shelves. This would avoid have to go down on one's knees.
I have slide out shelves in every single lower cabinet and the ceiling to floor pantry unit in my kitchen. What a blessing to not have to fight the front line stuff to find stuff stored in the back.
Slide outs have MY vote.
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I have slide out shelves in every single lower cabinet and the ceiling to floor pantry unit in my kitchen. What a blessing to not have to fight the front line stuff to find stuff stored in the back.
Slide outs have MY vote.
Yep, I hate the normal lower cabinet/shelf setups in kitchens, so I decided not to have them when we re-did our kitchen. The only place we have lower doors is under the sink, everywhere else is drawers. They are a huge improvement. I like them a little more than slide-outs because things are easier to get to (one motion vs open the door and then pull out the slider) and no chance of marring up the inside of the doors with the slide-outs. But either setup is much better than those cavernous, dark lower shelves.
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