Homemade Pantry Shelving?

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  1. Cindy in NY

    Cindy in NY Well-Known Member Supporter

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    We need to replace some of our cheapo metal shelving that we are using in the pantry. Some of the shelves are bowing in towards the middle!

    I remember a thread where folks posted pictures of their pantries (of course, I can't find it now!) and someone posted pics of shelves made with 2 x 4's. If you have made your own shelves, what did you use for the uprights and what did you use for the shelves? Thanks! :)
     
  2. farmergirl

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    I have converted all of the "coat closets" in our house into food pantries, so I used the existing closet walls to nail/ screw the 2x4 shelf supports to. Then I simply cut down 1/2 inch plywood to make the shelves. If I lived in earthquake country, I would screw the shelves to the 2x4 braces, but I don't so they are just resting on the supports and the cans hold them down fine.
     

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    I've got simple shelves in my garage. 2x3 boxes with 1/4 ply on the top. Bolted into the wall with 2x4's up the front corners. Based off this design
     
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    vickie - very nice shelves. Great that you have someone that can build like that.
     
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    It was Me, Hubby and brother. They are way better then the book shelves we had. All of the shelves used to bow in the middle. Thanks Vickie
     
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    Here
    is the link to the pantry photo thread. I loved that thread!
     
  9. Cindy in NY

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    Thanks everyone for your ideas! Hillybillygal - that's the thread I was trying to find! Thanks!!
     
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    We had a long 11 ft x 4 ft closet off out master BR. I build in a walk in on the other side of the room and converted the old closet to a pantry (which touches the kitchen).

    On each end I installed 2x4 every 18 inches up on each side and installed 2 2x12 on each level. On the long wall, between the ends, I installed a single 2x12 every 18 inches up.

    Very tough - no bowing. In fact, if I ever have an earthquake I know where I am heading!
     
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    I use 4x4 uprights with 2x12 shelves on them. It might be overkill, but they are solid as a rock and in emergency can be used as bunks with foam twin size mattresses on them.
     
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    For existing bowing shelves, here's a solution, that may be applicable. Depends on the style of shelving.

    Cut a 1x2 (or a 1x4) to needed length. Measure from the floor to the top of the top shelf thats bowing.

    Remove the contents from the shelves. This may help relieve the existing bow. If the shelves are removable, turn them over so that the bow is turned up. Add weight to the shelf to flatten out the bow. There are other methods, using pipe clamps/spreaders that can help some types of shelving.

    Once you have the bow out, as best you can, set one end of the 1x2 on the floor, centering it vertically on the shelves. Clamp into place. (Spring clamps, even masking tape, if that's all you have to hold it in position.)

    Starting at the bottom shelf, drill pilot holes through the upright into the shelf. Then attach to the shelf with appropriately sized screws. Use two screws per shelf, if possible.

    Repeat until you reach the last shelf at the top.

    This brace transfers some of the load on the shelves directly to the floor. I've used this method to support a set of shelves that are 5 feet long. Much too long a span for traditional shelves. So far (couple of years now) there's no sag on those shelves. Have quarts of home canned foods and double stacks of 16 oz cans of store bought on them.

    Hope this helps.
    Lee
     
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    vickie...great shelves, just one piece of advice...put something along the edge to act as a lip in case of and earthquake, hitting the shelf, or any other reason it may move a bit...will help keep the jars in place...
     
  14. Cindy in NY

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    Lee - thanks for the instructions! We did have to put supports in a set of plastic shelves that I found collasped one day!! :grump: Luckily, it was almost all boxed goods and I only lost a pint jar of pickled banana peppers.
     
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    Bob - those are great looking shelves, and so well organized.!
     
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    Thanks Angie! We just rearranged them again pulling out the home canned goods to be moved with the rest of them. They will hold 65 cases (24/case) of standard size cans.

    Pretty easy to build. The biggest issue was spacing. 14 inches seems to be optimal. Two Quarts can be stored on top of each other (cardboard between them), 3 standard cans and two of the bigger cans.
     
  18. AngieM2

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    I definitely need to learn to build shelves just like that. No carpenters in my immediate family so I never have built. I need to take lessons from my Uncle who builds his shelves and kitchen table, etc.
     
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    These are some of ours. 2"x2" legs and 2"x2" horizontal shelf supports. 1/2" plywood shelves. These are plenty heavy-duty to hold filled canning jars.

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