While configuring the new pantry, I knew I wanted to use up any and all available space to maximize storage. A shallow shelf took advantage of the 3 inches behind the door frame in the closet side of the pantry. To prevent items from tumbling off these shelves, you can use thin slats of wood. But, I utilized Vintage Ruler Stops on the Narrow Pantry Shelves. Not only do the rulers prevent items from being bumped or knocked off, but they provide a rainbow of color.
If you remember, this was the pantry before:
Installing Vintage Ruler Stops on Narrow Shelves:
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- Vintage Rulers
- GE Iron Grip* 100% Silicone Adhesive
- Caulk gun
- Nail gun
- Brad nails
- Eye protection
- Hearing protection
Optional: Painter’s tape
Cut vintage rulers (or other thin wood material) to the width of the shelf cabinet box. Squeeze a line of Iron Grip Silicone Adhesive along the bottom edge of the shelf and about an inch up on either side.
Press the ruler into the glue and line it up with the bottom edge of the shelf.
Use painter’s tape or a few brad nails to support the ruler while the adhesive cures. Once the GE Iron Grip Adhesive cures it will hold the ruler firmly. Without the adhesive, brad nails will eventually work their way through the wood or fall out.
Repeat for the remaining shelves.
Your shelves are ready to load up with jars and cans!
I love the side storage that was reclaimed in the closet. That was definitely one of my biggest pet peeves about the old pantry — wasted space.
It’s amazing how many jars and cans I can fit on the side.
Do you have a pantry or closet that can use narrow shelves for additional storage? I bet you do ;-).