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Old 12-07-2009, 07:20 PM   #1
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Solution to narrow pantry

looking for some ideas and/or suggestions for how to improve the use of a poorly designed pantry/cabinet in our MH.

we have a floor to ceiling pantry that is about 4 1/2 inches wide at the frame work (with a door)... probally closer to 6 - 7 inches inside. there are adjustable shelves in the pantry. the frig is to the right of it and a wall to the left. it is so deep that my wife can't reach the back of it. we thought that we could put in some kind of sliding system to utilize it better, but with such a narrow opening, the only thing we have seen is a wire basket style sliding system that would only turn it into a very large spice cabinet.. no one uses that many spices.

is there anyone out there who has found something useful to use a tall narrow space for? or a system of some kind that will allow us to utilize this type of space better?
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I will be very interested in what members have come up with as we, too, have the same narrow but deep pantry.

I have looked into some kind of roller pull-out shelf (similar to the flat pull-out shelves that are in rv basement pass thrus, but on a much smaller scale) attached on top of the existing shelves that would allow me access to items at the back. But, to clear the doorframe, they sorta have to be even narrower than the already existing shelves. That reduces the number of items I can get on that moving shelf & wastes space in there.

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Somewhere, I have seen a system that the entire door and face frame pulls out on guides and gives you a wider shelf inside. This is a thin pantry design such as you describe. I will try to find it on-line.
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It's something like this, but you have to use your imagination. Imagine the outside of this cabinet has your face frame and door attached making it appear to be just a door for a cabinet but in fact it would be a false door and in reality be the one side of the sliding pantry. Also, instead of wheels on the bottom, it has slides both top and bottom on both sides.

The whole pull out cabinet would be as wide as your current face frame. This is not the one, just the concept, I'll keep looking. I have seen one in a MH somewhere.
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That's what I'm looking for, Jim. I never thought to have the door come out with the rolling shelves, but that works. Then I could take off the face frame that makes the shelves even narrower & make much better use of the space. Looks like I'll have another item for the honey-do list.

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Here's link to slides, and some pictures of similar.

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Found it.

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thanks Jim, looks exactly like what I need.....i'll check into it deeper to see if there's one that will fit my needs and space.

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