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Built in Pantry Organization

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The home we moved into had wire racks in the pantry which made it difficult to store items. Also, one of the shelves was missing and that made for a lot of unused space. We decided to update our pantry to make it more user friendly and give us more storage.

built in pantry organization

We wanted to use the OXO storage containers we had on hand and loved as a guide for how much space needed to be between each of the shelves. We also used the dog food container to determine how low the first shelf could be to the floor.

built in pantry organization

We marked where the shelves would go on the wall with painters tape. We then used 1" x 2" wood pieces to act as a support to the wood shelves.

built in pantry organization

We used a brad nailer to temporarily secure the wood supports to the wall. Then we predrilled pilot holes into the studs and attached the supports with screws.

built in pantry organization

We painted the supports white to match the walls and gave the shelves a coat of stain and polyurethane.

The shelves span wall to wall, with the bottom shelf and the middle shelf about double the width of the other three shelves.

built in pantry organization

We repeated the process of adding the supports and checking the shelves to make sure that there would be adequate space for the containers.

built in pantry organization

Once all of the shelves were in place, it was time to organize the food. We grouped everything into like items: baking, snacks, dinner foods, lunch foods etc. Then we placed them the shelves accordingly.

built in pantry organization

We gained so much additional and sturdy storage space.

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1 question
  • Kit16015084
    on Dec 24, 2018

    Did you screw the shelves down onto the wood supports or do they just sit on top?

    • CribbsStyle
      on Dec 24, 2018

      Right now they are just sitting there. The original intent was to nail them down, but I decided if I ever needed to really clean them, it would be easier to just remove them. The weight of the items that sit on there hold them in place and they have never shifted.

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  • Lollie
    on Dec 30, 2018

    Good job, thanks for sharing.


  • Bethany
    on Jan 3, 2019

    Nice job! Our pantry also started with the height of the dog food storage container. Gotta love those pups!

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