What kind of wood should I use for my pantry shelving?

Pantry shelving can be made of any wood you have on hand, although a hardwood, if you have it, is probably the best. The problem with pantry shelving is that the shelves tend to be long and if they are not supported at regular intervals – six inches, for example – and you use a soft wood or composite, you will quickly find the wood starting to bow or flex downward so that will you lose height as the other shelves are doing the same. The best way to prevent this from happening is a harder wood and proper support.