Pantry Shelving

Kitchen pantry shelving is easy when you know your options.
By: Melissa Webster

Choosing the right kitchen pantry shelving is essential to having a well-organized pantry. The shelves and cabinets determine the type of accessories you can include and where everything in your pantry will be located.

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Clear Pantry Jars

Pantry jars can help keep perishable food fresh, save money and de-clutter your pantry shelves. Organize your pantry items by category. Keep vegetables, grains, fruits, condiments and baking items with each other.

Photo By: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

Pantry Storage Bin With Attached Measuring Cup

Increase the usefulness of food storage containers by adding measuring cups for scooping out what's inside. A readily available 1/3-cup scoop takes the guesswork out of portion control for your morning bowl of oats. Hang the cups from tiny adhesive hooks.

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Pantry With Open Shelving

This spacious pantry uses a mix of wood and metal open shelving to handily and visibly store kitchen necessities. A countertop adds additional prep space.

Photo By: Mark Boisclair Photography, Inc.

Butler's Pantry and Hidden Door to Laundry Room

Doing laundry is ever so much more exciting when you get to come into the laundry room via a hidden entrance. Turn these pantry shelves around and step inside. The pantry itself features hand-scraped shelves and a mahogany butcher block countertop.

DIY Rolling Pantry

This rolling pantry by Classy Clutter makes fantastic use of the space beside the refrigerator, offering plenty of storage for canned goods and other pantry essentials.

Walk-in Pantry With Glass Jars

Show off the pretty colors, shapes and textures of pantry items like beans and nuts by storing them in glass jars.

Butler's Pantry With Blue Rug

An Oriental rug with pops of royal blue brightens up the subdued elegance of the butler's pantry.

Pantry Door Blends Into Kitchen Walls

Create the illusion of more space by blending a small pantry door with surrounding walls. Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath replaced a traditional six-panel door with a flat door and painted it the same color as the wall. By adding baseboard and shoe molding to the door and installing a touch latch similar to those used airplane cockpit doors, the pantry disappears into the wall.

Photo By: Jennifer Gilmer Kitchen & Bath

Mini Butler's Pantry

A mini butler's pantry in the dining room provides a plan to serve food during parties and a great place to display pretty serving pieces.

From: Liv Showroom

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Walk-In Pantry With Open Shelving

This fabulous walk-in pantry consists cabinets, drawers and open shelving, so that dishes and dry goods are always within easy reach.

A lot depends on the size and type of pantry cabinet you have. Your options can include deep-set shelves on sliders, shallow shelves, and pullout racks and columns. The shelves are usually made of wire or wood; they can either be stationary, built into the pantry—or they can be moveable, made to rotate and stack. There are many ways to create pantry shelving that works for you to give your kitchen pantry the best functionality.

Deep-set shelves on sliders allow you to maximize the space of a small cabinet or large pantry closet. The shelves can be filled all the way to the back, and it pulls out towards you so that even the back items are easy to see and access at a glance. They give your entire pantry a streamlined look because the items are separated and tucked away, making them easy to see and locate.

For reach-in and recessed pantries, as well as walk-in pantry closets, shallow shelves are your best option by themselves or in conjunction with rollout shelves. Shallow shelves force every item front-and-center by lining them up side-by-side, ensuring nothing gets lost or forgotten.

Horizontal pullout columns and racks are great for storing spices and jars, and they make the most of tight spaces. Essentially, it's like turning shelves sideways and stacking them horizontally. These are usually adjustable to accommodate different heights and are on sliders to pull out toward you for convenience and easy access.

Pantry shelves can be built into the walls of your pantry, remaining stationary for easy storage and organization and allowing for bins, baskets, portable racks and dividers to be arranged on top of them. They can also be made to rotate and stack in layers, expanding and collapsing in on each other.

Movable shelves are great for maximizing your pantry efficiency, and they can double or triple your usable space. Wire shelves make seeing every single item much easier, and they give your pantry a modern, contemporary look. Wood has a more timeless, classic, expensive look to it. So the type of material you want your pantry shelves to be made of will have to be considered.

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