Kitchen pantry shelving ideas

Written by joanne panico
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Just like any other room in the home, the kitchen pantry deserves some tender loving care when it comes to clutter control and organisation. Whether your space is big or small, with some creativity, kitchen pantry organisation can be a breeze. Some shelving ideas help make your pantry one of your favourite spots in the house.

Get Wired

Use good old fashioned wire shelving (found at most hardware stores). Simple to install and extremely functional, wire shelving is a sturdy option for kitchen pantries. Include an over-the-door wire shelving unit for extra storage space. For a less permanent option, look into wheeled wire shelving units, and place two of them side by side if space allows.

Go Laminated

Create a laminated closet organiser for the kitchen pantry just as you would for a bedroom closet. Incorporate shelves, drawers and pull-out wire baskets. Purchase from a hardware store (Lowes or Home Depot, for example), and install based on manufacturer's instructions.


Cut strips of wood (approximately 3 inches by the size of the pantry's width), and attach them to the left and right interior walls of the pantry to act as shelf brackets. Cut wood shelves as deep as space allows to the width of the pantry, and place them on the shelf brackets.

Incorporate Spice Racks

Use the inside of the pantry door to install a vertical metal strip that holds narrow metal racks used for spices, oils, salad dressings, and other small pantry items.

Go Floor to Ceiling

The best way to maximise storage space in any room is to go vertical from floor to ceiling. Whatever shelving option you choose, be sure the shelving covers the entire pantry space. Use the top shelves to store extra bulky items.

Utilise Storage Containers

Once the pantry shelving is in place, purchase clear lidded containers to store things like cereal and pasta. Use plastic containers or wicker baskets for dry goods, and keep like items together. Utilise tiered turntables for canned goods.

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