Pantry Shelving

Learn all about pantry shelving and get great tips on how to maximize your kitchen's storage space.

A detail shot of Green Home 2008, white pantry shelving with jars.

Pantry Shelving

A detail shot of Green Home 2008, white pantry shelving with jars.

By: Sean McEvoy

Tucked away in a far corner, often neglected or under-used, the kitchen pantry can be a headache to maintain—but installing efficient pantry shelving can help organize the space and avoid clutter.

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Space is at a premium in most kitchen pantries, so ensuring that the available space is well-maintained and organized is greatly important. One of the first steps to creating an organized pantry may seem counter-intuitive at first—it's ensuring that your pantry shelves aren't too deep. Semi-shallow shelves will allow you to access every inch of the pantry, while shelves that are too deep can contribute to piling of food stores and supplies and an overall sense of disorganization. So when considering shelving, make sure you go lean.

Another popular option for custom pantry designs is the "folding shelf." Often attached to the pantry door, this design consists of a collapsible shelving system that folds in on itself, utilizing the entire interior space of the pantry (as opposed to just the back and side walls).

If you're looking for true efficiency, consider installing your pantry shelves in a recessed pantry. Using existing wall space to add kitchen storage, a recessed pantry is the ultimate low-profile design strategy, and it can often be disguised as part of the wall or overall kitchen design.

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