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pantry shelvesBest Pantry Shelf Depth

 

Resist the urge to use deep shelves to maximize space! You are creating a hopeless hole where you will continually be at war with the contents. A mix of  9" - 12" - or 18" deep shelving should be used. Follow these guidelines for maximum efficiency of stocking food 1- 2 items deep and use adjustable shelving for flexible control.

 

The charts below show common measurements of most items you would store in your pantry and how their width compares to shelf depth. It is a standard by which to help you choose your pantry shelving depth. Following the rule of stocking 1-2 items deep, the 9" shelf depth is the optimum depth for most food package sizes for efficient use of space (see chart #1).  The 12" depth is still necessary for pantry items of that depth (chart #2), and the 18" depth is ideal for small appliances and bulky items.  You may consider taking smaller items, like Jello ® boxes, and storing them in their own box to be placed on a deeper, 12" shelf.  It looks like shelving height set at 6 1/2" - 7" apart will take in many canned goods.  Setting heights at 10" - 12 1/2" apart will take in the next group of containers.
 

CHART #1

Items Deep Food Item Depth on
Shelf
Height (for shelving spacing)
6" 9"
1 2 Tuna 3 1/2" 1 1/2"
NA 1 Ziplock® storage bags, quart size 7 3/4" long 2 1/2" tall
1 2 Jello ® 3 oz 3 1/2" 3"
5 8 Jello ® 3 oz 1" (label facing out) 3"
2 3 Spam® 2 1/4" (label facing out) 3 1/2"
2 3 Tomato paste (6 oz) 2 1/4" 3 1/2"
1 2 Large can peaches 4 1/4" 3 1/2"
1 2 Can of frosting 3 3/4" 3 3/4"
1 2 Box of saltines 4 1/4" 4 1/4"
2 4 Baking soda (label facing out) 2" 4 1/2"
2 3 Canned green beans (14.5 oz) 3" 4 1/2
1 2 baking soda 3 1/2" 4 1/2"
2 3 18 oz peanut butter 3" 5"
1 2 Soup (18.6 oz) 3 1/4" 5"
1 2 Prune canister 4 1/4" 5"
1 3 Pint Jar 3" 5 1/2"
1 1 Hot chocolate canister 5" 5 1/2"
1 1 Shortening 5 1/4" 6"
1 1 5# peanut butter 6" 6 1/4"
1 1 Quik chocolate mix 6" 6 1/4"
1 1 Coffee (2#7oz) 6 3/8" 6 1/2"
1 2 Quart Jar 4 1/2" 6 1/2"
1 1 Uncle Ben's Rice® 5" 6 3/4"
1 2 Canned juice 4 1/4" wide 7"
1 1 Cake box 5 1/2" 7"
1 2 Mac 'n cheese 3 1/2" 7 1/4"
4 6 Mac 'n cheese 1 3/8" (label facing out) 7 1/4"
1 1 5# bag sugar 5" wide 7 1/2"
1 1 Stuffing box 5" 8"
1 2 Bottled Dressing 4" 8"
1 1 Cracker box #2 5" 1/4" 8"
1 1 Malt-O-Meal® 5 1/4" 8"
1 2 Jumbo spice containers 4 1/4" 8"
3 4 Bottled steak sauce 2" 8 1/4"
1 1 Pancake box 6 1/4" 8 1/4"
1 2 Corn Syrup 3 1/2" 8 1/2"
1 1 Cracker box #1 5" 9"
1 1 Graham crackers 5 1/2 " 9"
1 1 Oatmeal 5 1/4" 9 1/2"
NA 1 Church cookbook 7" 9 1/4"
1 2 Ketchup 4" 10"
NA 1 Dry milk 6 3/4" 10"
1 2 1/2 gal juice 4 1/2" 10 1/2"
NA 1 Minute Rice ® 6 3/4" 10 1/2"
NA 1 Cookbook, Betty Crocker 9" deep 10 1/2" tall
1 2 Lasagna box 4" 11"
NA 1 10# bag of flour 6 1/2 " 11"
NA 1 Cereal box (12.25 oz) 7 3/4" 11 1/4"
1 1 gallon vinegar 6" 12"
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CHART #2

Items Deep Food Item Depth on
Shelf
Height (for shelving spacing)
1 Fry pan 10 - 12" 2 - 3"
1 Cereal box (12.25) 7 3/4" 11 1/4"
1 Cereal box (24 oz) 9 3/4" 13 1/2"
1 Wax paper 12 1/2" long 2" tall
1 Gallon vinegar 6" 12"

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