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Pantry Shelves – Wire or wooden, store more food for less money

Updated on September 9, 2010

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Pantry Shelves are a convenient space saver that saves more than space: they save time and money too.  Pantry shelves come in all sorts of sizes, varieties, and materials.  So which one is the best for you?  If you’re like most people you’ll need extra space to store your food.  I know that my family only has one cabinet for food storage so space is at a premium.  Extra pantry shelving helps to provide more space and make use of otherwise empty areas.  This is never more evident than when canning season rolls around.  The strong wooden shelves are nice because the pantry stand itself is made from hidden reinforced steel; it helps to support all the extra weight. 

Before we continue, I wanted to point out that in order to get the best prices on pantry shelves you’re going to have to do a fair amount of research online.  There are many retailers online that have great selections and low prices, so you’ll have to do your homework.  But as with most things in life, a little bit of work will go a long ways.

To help you find the best pantry shelves for your needs you’re going to have to narrow your search down as there are a lot of varieties available.  I’ll briefly go over each variety and discuss the merits with you.  

The first type of pantry shelving systems that are available online, are the hugely popular metro wire racks.  These racks are nice because of the chrome finish which provides a very stylish aesthetic appeal.  You can place these wire pantry shelves just about anywhere and they won’t look out of place.  And with several shelves, you’ll have plenty of space to store other items such as the cumbersome roasting pots, and large skillets. 

The next style that’s become more and more popular is the sliding pantry shelves.  These are built in shelves that can go in any sized cupboard and will roll out to provide easy access to the food but can slide back in to save space.  In addition to the convenience, these shelves are hidden and look like any old cupboard so it’s very easy to store a lot of extra food without taking up hardly any space.  The only drawback I’ve found with the pull out pantry shelves is if you store things that stack, or have a tendency to pile a lot of things into a small area, they can sometimes fall out the back of the shelf and jam up the shelves.

Then there are the wooden pantry shelves that come in all sorts of size and styles.  The different varieties of wooden shelves can serve different functions.  If you’re looking to add to your country décor, rustic oak wooden pantry shelves make a great addition and can be placed anywhere much like the metro wire rack.  On the other end of the spectrum, if you need something cheap and easy, there are a number of wooden pantry shelves that you can find online (at places such as Target and Ikea) for a very low price that will do an excellent job, they just don’t have the same aesthetic appeal.

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