ljszone5December 4, 2010

My tiny pantry, which holds all of our food and lots more, is an odd shape that I have reconfigured many times over the years and cannot get it right.

When you open the door (toward you) to the right is wall, ahead of you is just over 3' deep, to the left is 6' of wall. I am convinced I need a couple of shallow drawers to hold baggies, foil, many boxes of tea, paper plates etc. and then a deep drawer or two for chips, pretzels-bagged stuff of which we also have a lot of.

Open shelves of course is the easiest but there is so much things get disorganized, even with baskets.

Right now we have these wire baskets attached to a wall track system, they hold a lot but take up a lot of depth and are always falling off the track--argh!

I see at Lowes and HD they sell closet systems in a variety of depths and you can buy drawers/glides to just atttach to a basic bookcase. On top of that I would like a long counter top (saved one from last kitchen demo) where we can put the mixer and stuff like that.

I priced it out and for only the bottom half of that 6' wall it is almost $500 for drawers and open shelves.

My husband is pretty handy and willing to help. Budget ideas welcome.

Thanks in advance!

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Can you fit some unfinished lower cabinets (the set of drawers) in there? Our local Lowe's has them, HD doesn't. If not, check out Craigslist--people are always selling used kitchen cabinets for a fraction of the price of new.

Or consider actual furniture: small chest of drawers or bureau.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 4:00AM
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Check out for how-to make cubbies, shelves and drawers.

I'm using open shelves with labeled baskets in my "crawl-in" pantry.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 7:35AM
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Lazygardens, I love that website, thanks.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 8:36AM
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I was almost late for work this morning looking at that cool website!
Yeah, I have been looking for buffets/dressers with wide drawers but given the room is only 3' deep I think the drawers should be 15" or less. Thanks.

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 5:43PM
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Get that pocket-hole jig she mentioned, and you can make drawers exactly the side you want; shelves the size and configuration you want.

You can even get a lumberyard to cut the melamine or plywood to the right dimensions, and you can use your regular iron to apply iron-on "edge banding" to cover the front edges.

Here is a link that might be useful: I want a pocket-hole jig!

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 8:40PM
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Oh, and you can get wooden cabinet pull-outs from, so that's easy to install, if you just build a wooden case using pocket holes.

(some of their "shelves that slide" are deep enough to qualify as drawers)

Here is a link that might be useful: Shelves that Slide

    Bookmark   December 5, 2010 at 8:47PM
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Your pantry sounds very similar to mine only shorter and mirror image. Ours is three by eight with a bit of room for shelves to the right of the door shelves all along the eight foot wall and deep shelves along the far end. We have no drawers, but I use many wicker baskets, Tupperware and coated wire organizers. Though the baskets take up space they make it easy for me to grab the ones from high shelves and retrieve what's in them with out having to use the step stool.

At one time I thought about cutting out the blank wall and making recessed shelves for canned goods, but we really haven't need the extra space. The deep shelves at the rear of the pantry work great for holding small appliances and larger serving dishes and bake ware.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 12:26AM
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Love that jig thing!

I would be totally happy to put deep shelves on the back wall. I didn't include a detail (because it seemed confusing), there is a bump-out to the left of that end wall that holds some shelves already. Anything I put on the end wall blocks access to those shelves.
Never going back to baskets in the pantry. We have them everywhere else in the house because it is old and the storage space is all oddly shaped.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 10:29AM
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Is this somewhat how your pantry footprint looks like?

If you can give me more details about the size of the bump\-out I could draw it exactly and then you could play around on paper how you might be able to make your space work better for you.
    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 5:42PM
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Yes, that is exactly my pantry except the bump out is on the same side as the door.
The nook is 27" wide and 13" deep. That wall straight ahead is 69" and from the doorway to straight across measures 39"
How did you post that drawing? I get frustrated drawing with graph paper because it is so tiny to scale. I wonder if I cut out some little pieces and moved them around.

Thanks so much.

    Bookmark   December 7, 2010 at 8:22PM
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You're welcome. As for getting the photos posted I copy and pasted the HTML code from one of my photo storage sites. I used for most of my group photo sharing, but not always.
Here's a blank for you to play with...

And here's one I added shelves the way I would to get as much storage space without blocking too much of your bump out...

Each little square is 1.5 inch and each darker square is a foot.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 1:19AM
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OK. Now that is very cool. It already looks like a plan that would work here. I never could figure out how to use the nook and the back wall at the same time(duh). do I get a regular view?


    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 1:16PM
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You're very welcome. I'm a bit obsessive about using space that would otherwise be wasted. By regular view do you mean as you would see it in real life? I've tried using the program Google has to do 3D views, but I just can't figure it out. It's not very user friendly in my opinion. If I could do it I'd make one for you. I can easily visualize something in 3D from a flat drawing, but my hubby can't so I really want to learn that program.

    Bookmark   December 8, 2010 at 2:03PM
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Apparently I cannot use Sketch up either. That was frustrating and a time-sucker. I can picture exactly what I want but cannot draw it. There are a few videos but it still has a steep learning curve and I am impatient. I did better with a pencil and ruler.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2010 at 2:21PM
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I feel your pain. That's just how I felt when trying to use it and I'm pretty handy with most drawing programs. But that one, nope, way over my head.

    Bookmark   December 9, 2010 at 2:23PM
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