Need help with shelf spacing for reach-in pantry, please
Sadly, we do not have room for a walk-in or step-in pantry. We will have 2 custom cabinets that are 38" wide x 91" interior height, with 12.5" deep shelves. The cabinet maker's initial plans showed each cabinet with a fixed bottom shelf and 5 adjustable shelves. I asked them to add 1 more shelf. Deducting the thickness of the shelves, the 6 adjustable shelves will give me 7 shelves spaced a little more than 12" apart (if spaced evenly, which they won't be).
I am wondering if I should ask for one more shelf to have closer spacing for smaller items. These 2 cabinets will store all of our non-cooled foods, other than spices and frequently used cooking oils. There will be a mix of cereal & cracker boxes, cans, jars, small packets in boxes/baskets, canisters of flour, rice & other grains -- all the typical food stuffs, plus possibly a few small appliances (in case they do not all fit into the island cabinet for small appliances). I may use 1 shelf for cookbooks. We do not need to store pet food, and the Costco packs of paper towels can stay in the garage.
My previous pantry cabinets had shelves about 12" apart, and it seemed like there was a lot of empty space above the cans, unless you stack them high. I don't want a lot of wasted space, but know you also need open space to get your hands in.