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Dec 16, 2009 04:37 AM

Where can I find heavy-duty pantry shelving in NoVa?

I want some good stand-alone shelving to hold serveware and lots of small kitchen appliances, nordicware, skillets, pressure cookers, etc. I don't want to spend a fortune, however.

I've looked at the Container Store's heavy-duty "commercial" pantry shelves -- but it is out of stock and costs $750, to boot! They have a lighter "non-commercial" version -- how would that serve?

Has anyone used the much cheaper Home Depot shelving that *looks* similar to the Contaner Store's? It seems some complain that the plastic shims that hold the shelves are irreplaceable.

What suggestions do you have for getting a good deal on some serviceable, sturdy shelving?

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    1. A friend got chrome shelving from Restaurant Depot:

      I don't know how that product compares to Metro or Elfa but it certainly appears sturdy and is in use in our church pantry stacked high with heavy items. You need a business license to shop there.

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      1. re: tcamp

        The Metro (InterMetro) copies, which come in sets of like 5 shelves and posts with wheels, at HD/Lowe's, RD and even Costco and Sam's and Target fall into two groups: same post size as Metro and skinnier. Skip the skinnier. The cheapest use two-section posts...these are fine for most things and add flexibility for different arrangements as you can use the short lengths for two sets of shelves.
        There is a grey Metro competitor that uses the same size posts but bigger holes and plastic inserts, skip those. But it's possible to use HD shelves on Container Store poles etc...once you stay with that standard pole and insert size. You can even add a shelf you find at a garage sale. Also, Ikea has them but uses weird shelf sizes, what a surprise. The wheels on real Metro are bigger with brakes, but the cheap copy set wheels are fine, if you need wheels.

      2. Best Quality Restaurant Supply on Gen. Washington Drive in Alexandria -- you don't need a business license number -- is another option.

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        1. re: weezycom

          their monthly specials include *free* rice cookers from taiwan!?!

          1. re: weezycom

            I'm looking at a monthly sale catalogfrom there (Superior Products / Next Day Gourmet, 5701 General Washington Dr, Alexandria, 703-333-5878) that arrived today - you haven't specified what size or style (wire or solid) you want (a variety of sizes are available) but the price won't be anywhere near $750.

            1. re: wayne keyser

              i want shelving like the container store's commercial shelving -- heavy duty, wire, on casters, preferably. the size: about 6 feet high and 2-3 feet deep, 5 feet long.

          2. Is this for in a pantry, hidden, or out in the open? Costco has some heavy duty shelves, made for garage items that would work for that, too. Here are some online ones but there are different ones at the store.


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            1. re: chowser

              these will be hidden in my laundry room.

              by the way, that food can "rotater" storage system on costco's site is cool!

              1. re: alkapal

                Even the small cabinet version looks handy. I don't know if I have enough cans to use it but it would be a great organizer and a decent price, too.


                1. re: chowser

                  this is one of the biggest food storage problems i have. i think i'll have to get our friend who has membership to help us get one!

                  1. re: alkapal

                    I've bought probably 6 of the Costco shelves -- I call them Bakers shelves -- and they are great. Very sturdy and well made. Cost is around $90 as I recall -- maybe a shade less.

                    1. re: alkapal

                      Shoot! I saw a thing for the container store ones being on sale and I meant to message you, but it was during a bad time for me. But if you watch the container store flyers... I know the ones you wanted were on sale.