I need suggestions for lining wire shelving.

I have wire shelving in a pantry where I keep my heavier small appliances...but the feet sink through the shelves, get stuck, etc. Plastic liners in rolls are too flimsy. I need something thick enough but not terribly heavy. I’d go get some vinyl flooring but don’t know where to find remnants or small pieces...Home Depot and Lowe’s don‘t have. Thanks!

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  • Joan Joan on May 22, 2018
    You could try a couple layers of cardboard from cut up boxes which would cost nothing or MDF board, which is not expensive, but you would need to have it cut to fit.

  • Nancy Turner Nancy Turner on May 22, 2018
    Anything with some substance would work, even cutting boards that are thinner plastic should help. Check out the dollar store and see what they have in cutting boards or trays that may work.

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on May 22, 2018
      That’s a good idea...I’d like to have one solid piece but could probably tape together on the underside to hold. Thank!

  • Ken Ken on May 22, 2018
    The vinyl will not work much better than plastic liners. Buy floor underlayment plywood and have them cut it to size at Home Depot. Cutting is usually free. It is cheap (around $15 for a 4x8 sheet) thin (about 3/16"), light in weight, and will keep the appliance feet from poking through.

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on May 22, 2018
      I actually had used the vinyl flooring pieces before, in another house, and it was thick enough that it worked well...I also liked that it was flexible. The underlayment may work well...I had just been concerned that plywood would be too heavy but guess not if it’s thin enough. Thank you, also for reminding me that they cut for free!

  • Sarah Barganier Sarah Barganier on May 22, 2018
    Look in flooring stores for remnants and small pieces. I would also look at the dollar store for the thin plastic cutting sheets that come 2 to a package.

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on May 22, 2018
      I should have thought to check flooring stores...guess I have developed “Big Box Brain”! Thank you!

  • Emily Emily on May 22, 2018
    I seem to have a collection of enamel trays. So I would use a tray under each individual appliance, not something for the entire shelf length. My surplus store always seems to have a lot of heavy duty (and attractive) plastic trays.

    • Donna Creecy Donna Creecy on May 22, 2018
      I hadn’t even thought of that, Emily...It might be easier to lift things from the shelf if there was a tray under them, anyway! Thanks for the suggestion!

  • Jan Clark Jan Clark on May 22, 2018
    My first thoughts were the same as Joan's above. However, you mentioned vinyl in your question and something went 'ding'! Try vinyl tiles. They come in boxes at Home Depot or Lowe's and probably a lot of other stores. They're sturdy, easy to clean and best of all, easy to cut. You don't have to take off the adhesive back if you don't want to. Or, if you need to double the strength, you can stick them to each other. Check it out!

  • Emily Emily on May 22, 2018
    Oh, you are more than welcome Donna, I like trays and use them a lot.

  • V Smith V Smith on May 22, 2018
    Foamcore board. $1 each at Dollar Tree.