After fixing and painting the bifold door to the kitchen pantry it was time to turn our attention to setting up some proper storage inside the pantry. Looking for something quick and cost effective we initially planned to purchase the VARDE Wall Shelf from Ikea but it was not available at any of the stores near us. Instead of searching other stores for pre-made shelves we changed gears and decided to make a set of DIY pantry shelves.
The long term plan for the kitchen is a complete remodel so we wanted a solution for the pantry shelves that could potentially be repurposed elsewhere if it didn’t fit into the eventual plans for the kitchen. To best accomplish this we decided our solution should be durable and heavy-duty enough that it could eventually find a second home as storage solutions for the basement. We found great, customizable options for storage solutions at Lee Valley and ended up choosing the Heavy Duty Powder-Coat Steel Shelving System because of its clean look, durability and ease to install/remove.
Tools and Materials Required
- Hang Track (x2)
- 9″ Shelf Support (x8) – We chose the 9″ shelf supports because our pantry is quite narrow but they are available in sizes ranging from 7″-19″ so the system is fully customizable if you have a larger space.
- Wooden shelves (x4) – We chose to go with an unfinished 3/4″ maple that was cut to size at Home Depot.
- Stud finder
- Box Level
- Measuring Tape
- Cordless drill
- 3″ Stainless Steel Screws
Installing DIY Pantry Shelves
Install Hang Track
Using a stud finder and a level, locate and mark the studs in the wall. We installed the track 2′ off the floor and fastened them to the wall studs using 3″ stainless steel screws.
Install Brackets & Shelf
The shelf brackets are designed to easily snap into place. We tried out a few different heights before deciding on the ones that worked best for us. The pre-cut wooden shelves sit on top of the brackets. Last step is to fill up the pantry!
This storage system of DIY pantry shelves gives us additional storage in a space that was not being used before. The great thing about these shelves is we can change the height quite easily to adapt to any changing storage needs. The shelves are very sturdy and can hold far more weight than we would put on them. They are also easily removed from their current location if they don’t work with our future kitchen remodel and we can repurpose the DIY pantry shelves into basement or other closet storage.
What other pantry storage solutions have you used?
Have you ever repurposed shelving from one room to another?
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