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Old 01-28-2015, 07:04 PM   #1
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Storage systems for a pantry

Perhaps some people here have put up some shelving lately.

I am redoing an area that is the pantry and extra storage area for the kitchen. I want to install some shelving/wall storage, with adjustable shelves for storing canned food, boxes, kitchen appliances that are not used very often, and bigger items like the turkey roasting pan.

The shelving should be easy to install, have a clean look, and be durable and easily adjusted. It would be nice if it had things like basket drawers that can be pulled out.

It is not easily seen in the main part of the house, so I don't need anything fancy like solid walnut shelves, etc.

I would appreciate any recommendations on shelving systems you have used.
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In our pantry we used coated wire shelving that we purchased from Lowe's. Rubbermaid I think. It has a nice clean look that we like. Easy to work with and an easy DIY project.
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In our pantry we used coated wire shelving that we purchased from Lowe's. Rubbermaid I think. It has a nice clean look that we like. Easy to work with and an easy DIY project.
+1 on the wire shelves. They also make drawers and other specialty accessories. They are easy to install and look OK.
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Old 01-28-2015, 07:34 PM   #4
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For extra canned goods I got for inside the pantry door a hanging coated wire shelf unit (it has six basket-shelves). I think it was originally for holding VCR tapes (remember those things). They still might make something like it. I bought mine at Wal-Mart.
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FamilyHandyman.com has some interesting ideas. You could probably also find some ideas on Pinterest.
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Try Elfa. We've always been pleased with them.

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Thanks for the suggestions.
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We put in the Elfa shelves, they are very sturdy and take a lot of weight. DD installed similar units from Home Depot, I think they are functionally equivalent.

One issue I have is some items do not sit or stack well on wire shelves.
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Chuckanut,
Sorry I am late to this party!
I'm not sure what type of pantry you've got, but if it is one of those deeper ones, consider some nice full-extension slideout baskets. They work very well and make everything much more accessable (no more 5 year old boxes of cereal lost at the back). I installed some Knape & Vogt units and the quality was really good. They also make narrow baskets to fit on a door bracket if you need those. Menards stocks them, and can order them-and they are having an 11% off sale right now.

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Thanks, samclem. I don't have much room for large shelves. The space is actually under a staircase. So, some of it will be reachable only by children or adults on their knees.

MichaelB - I read where some simple pegboard on top of the wire shelves solves that problem.
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We have a tall pantry cabinet that was made a lot more functional with some pullout shelves from Shelf Genie Custom Designed pull out shelves and slide out shelves installed in your existing cabinets.

Got more usable space and easier access by adding several slide out shelves. Not sure if that would work for your situation or not.
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The house that I made an offer on this winter, but didn't get, had a dream kitchen. The pantry had the most beautiful, sturdy, well balanced, and easy-sliding, slide out maple shelves. (sigh!) They slid so easily and smoothly, with just one touch of a finger. The Lazy Susan in the corner came out too and was simply amazing. What perfect pantry, a dream come true.

This post isn't adding to the discussion but I just HAD to mention it because that kitchen was so outrageously perfect it would make your heart ache.

I wonder - - would shelves underneath a staircase be easier to reach if they would slide out like that? Maybe.
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We have several closets, including a pantry, where we put in what is now apparently called the Elfa system. It used to be called Freedom Rail back when we bought it from the Container Store.

Very flexible, easy to install, and sturdy. We would do it again without question.
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I put up the coated wire shelves in a closet under my stairway. As to sliding shelves, I have only built my own so far, but I remember seeing a place online that sold the shelves and hardware to DIY'ers. A friend of mine had California Closets do a closet and they like it


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I wonder - - would shelves underneath a staircase be easier to reach if they would slide out like that? Maybe.

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.
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Another idea to try is...watch the TV show "Tiny House Nation" on the FYI channel. Even if you don't plan to move into a house of <500SF, it illustrates fantastic ideas about storage and space saving design and construction techniques; including under-stair storage and cabinet slide-outs. I think you can also watch some episodes on-line.

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Our new house came with the wire pantry shelves, but we found storing certain items did not work well due to the lack on a solid surface. So I bought a sheet of 1/8 inch masonite (cheap) and added a cover. DW covered them with some of that shelf liner and the problem was solved. Looks good too.
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We put in the Elfa shelves, they are very sturdy and take a lot of weight. DD installed similar units from Home Depot, I think they are functionally equivalent.

One issue I have is some items do not sit or stack well on wire shelves.
Michael, You can buy plastic placements or plastic sheet cutting boards at dollar stores and put on the wire to hold items that don't sit well on wire. Even thin cardboard would work but the plastic lasts longer and can be cleaned.

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Thanks, samclem. I don't have much room for large shelves. The space is actually under a staircase. So, some of it will be reachable only by children or adults on their knees.
Chuckanut, Ikea has "drawer units" in their office furniture that can be used in the lower areas under the steps. They are on wheels so you can roll them out. I use the thin all drawer units for storing different types of paper, have another that's a file cabinet on wheels and put one of my printers on top, and another with a couple of drawers for storing wire and sheet metal for my metal working. All of these roll under desks or workbenches to get them out of the way. Some units are low enough to fit under your stair case. If you are handy, you could put castors on small shelving so you could roll out. I have a small metal cart that I bought at Ikea that's about 30" tall that fits into a narrow but deep bathroom closet. All my cleaning supplies fit on this cart.......think it's a kitchen cart from Ikea.
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Michael, You can buy plastic placements or plastic sheet cutting boards at dollar stores and put on the wire to hold items that don't sit well on wire. Even thin cardboard would work but the plastic lasts longer and can be cleaned.
I should try that, though it means I need to reorganize the shelves a bit and lately I'm being lazy.

We are very happy with the Elfa system we bought. The components we got for 1/2 off, and we had a basement / kitchen remodeling underway, so this installation was part of that project and the additional cost was not significant. Usable storage space increased significantly.
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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).
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