A Smart, Effective Wire Shelving Unit for Kitchen Storage

updated May 2, 2019
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We love seeing our readers’ kitchen solutions for storage and organization. This photo and email from a reader named Brent was especially inspiring. He and his wife organized nearly everything in their kitchen on one wire shelving unit — read a little more about it here…

Brent says:

We have an open kitchen with very little wall space (what space we have is taken up by our spice rack and knife magnet). We have a lot of pots, pans, and kitchen equipment, and hated storing most of it in cabinets. We wanted to display all of the nice kitchen equipment we’ve collected over the past few years, since it was a shame to hide the Emile Henry casserole dishes and Staub dutch ovens in drawers or cabinets.

Couldn’t find an elegant solution for the space that we had, so we decided to make it utilitarian by using heavy-duty wire shelving. My wife made the brilliant suggestion to hang the pots from the top rack, and everything just kind of fell into place.  Overall, I was really surprised and pleased with how well it turned out

Bought the shelving unit at Costco for just a bit over $100. Had tried a cheaper version from Lowe’s, and found that the shelves did not have a center rib and would sag in the middle. Also, purchased Alera shelf liners from Amazon for the bottom 4 shelves.

Here’s a look at the rest of Brent’s kitchen (the wire shelving is off-screen to the left).

(Image credit: Apartment Therapy)

One last comment from Brent, who says: “I’m perhaps most proud of the collection of beer glasses that my wife was gracious enough to let me put above the cabinets!”

Here are links to the products they used:

Alera Industrial Wire Shelving 4 Shelves Black – $99.79 at Costco
Alera Shelf Liners (4/pk) – $19.38 at Amazon

I think that the hanging pots and pans are an especially nice touch — it makes this whole unit look so neat and put together.

Do you use wire shelving like this in your kitchen or pantry? Got any good tips for making the most of it?

Related: Kitchen Spotlight: Open Storage in Small Kitchens