Build A Pantry Shelf: A Guide

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Before you build a pantry shelf, you should determine what you plan to store in the pantry. This will help you to determine the size of the shelves and the space in between them.

For instance, if you are storing taller items, you will have to space the shelves further apart. If you want a lot of shelves that store many smaller items, you can space them a little closer together.

Permanent shelving is easiest to install, but there is a chance you will waste space when you come home with items that are either too short or too tall.

Adjustable shelves are more practical as they allow you to alter the configuration of the shelves as needed.

When attaching the track to your adjustable pantry shelves, you should consider the weight of the items the shelves will be holding. If possible, use wall studs to give the track as much support as possible.

Pantry Materials

person looking at items in a pantry

For an attractive pantry, you can build a shelving system that is made of wood.

Choose metal shelving for a durable option that looks sleek. Wire shelving is inexpensive and allows crumbs and other spills to drop through to the floor where it can easily be cleaned.

If you plan to build a pantry in an existing closet, consider putting shelves up much higher than you would normally be able to reach.

This gives you more space to store appliances you may not use often, like a rice cooker or Crock-Pot. Leave a small space in the bottom of the pantry to store a step stool so you can reach those shelves.

Do not waste the valuable space on the back of the door. Attach an over-the-door organizer to store narrow items like spices and boxes of dry mix.

When to Call a Professional

large pantry with white shelving

There are some projects that might require the assistance of a professional.

If you are planning to build a walk-in pantry that is a separate room in the house, you will have to frame the room.

At least have a professional builder help with the planning to ensure your new room will be structurally sound and safe. You may also need to hire an electrician for electrical work.

However, installing pantry shelves into an existing closet is an easy project that only requires simple tools and a few decisions.

Get your plan down on paper and measure the space that you have for a shelving unit. A small closet can stretch to the very top of the room, but keep in mind the width of the closet may require custom shelves.