My Useless Pantry Storage & Kitchen Cabinets
Whoever the architect was that made the plans for this house? He did have a room off the laundry that could be either a half-bath or pantry. I opted for it to be made into a pantry since we already had 2 other bathrooms.
Cleaning toilets is actually not my bag so cleaning one for me (a snap) and one for my husband (not a snap) is enough.
Plus my laundry room is joined by my kitchen.
So I have a kitchen door that opens into the laundry area and an adjacent door that goes into a walk in pantry that is 6 3/4 ft wide by 3 1/2 ft. deep.
The builder put shelving on each side of the area giving me a number of shelves that were totally useless at 3 1/2 feet wide by 24 inches deep.
The idea struck me (since I had designed and was building my computer office) to have full extension pull out shelves. I did not have the time to stop my office building so I started looking for something pre-made.
How many of you ladies suffer with these big deep drawers in your cabinets that have your kitchen tools in a heap at the bottom and about 5 to 6 inches above wasted?
So I set about correcting all of my kitchen problems.
I eventually found remedies for each of them and as time goes on I will pass them on to everyone else.
I was lucky that my grandfather was a cabinet maker so from tiny-hood I was exposed to table saws, routers, band saws, sanders and good wood. That exposure made me believe I too could build anything … so I did.
My pantry remedy was commercial wire basket shelving units that I found at Orchard Supply. They may have had them at Home Depot too. The brand was ClosetMaid. The great thing about this shelving is you can choose the depth of your shelves. You could get single, double or triple deep. The shelves are interchangeable so you can arrange them any way you want. Since I was using them for canned goods I liked the single drawer best.
I have 6 of these units in my pantry and the rest space is stacked with square canisters filled with the things I use daily. On one side I have 2 big roll out baskets that attach to the shelf and pull out.