Maximise the visuals
Shallow shelves – only 200mm deep – ensure pantry staples are easily seen. “If you’ve got the space, it’s great to be able to walk into the pantry and see everything,” says Jane. “When you’ve got shelves that are maybe 400mm deep, you can be looking for a jar of sauce and end up giving up!” Not everything in this zone is worthy of display – most homes have at least one can of baked beans to every Mason jar of artisanal pasta – and Jane’s pantry is no different. “The shelves to the right have all the cans, jars of Vegemite and whatever, and these can’t be seen when you’re standing in the kitchen,” she explains. Deep drawers below the bench are great for hiding larger items like cereal boxes.