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Old 12-24-2015, 07:08 PM  
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Hi all, I'm inexperienced with shelf design and woodworking, but I can build a pretty decent shelf. What would you do with this nook in a kitchen? I attached a quick drawing of what I was thinking. We want to keep it open, and it would be mostly used for cookbooks, bowls, etc. We are not using it as a pantry. The only other idea I had was possibly building 2 side by side cabinets for the very bottom.

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The opening is 28 inches wide and 81 inches tall.

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The quick and easy would be floating shelves
http://www.homedepot.com/b/Storage-O...oating_shelves


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Thanks Neal, I didn't know Home Depot had those. I already have an idea for how I want to make the shelves, but I was wondering if anyone had any ideas on the design, configuration, etc. For example maybe put a vertical separator in the middle of the bottom shelves? Or maybe some cabinets?
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Merry Christmas. You really have all the options in the world opened there. You might keep a taller area at the bottom for larger items. You can set an outlet at the back of the waist high shelf and make it a pullout shelf for small appliances. etc, etc, etc,
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Hi all, I'm inexperienced with shelf design and woodworking, but I can build a pretty decent shelf. What would you do with this nook in a kitchen? I attached a quick drawing of what I was thinking. We want to keep it open, and it would be mostly used for cookbooks, bowls, etc. We are not using it as a pantry. The only other idea I had was possibly building 2 side by side cabinets for the very bottom.

See photos. Thanks!

The opening is 28 inches wide and 81 inches tall.

Sorry, I think it's rotating the photo for some reason.
There are occasions in all our lives, when being the "steward" of good intensions, can be a little overwhelming.

So you might consider a cabinet with doors for the bottom section, for the inevitable clutter, and open shelves above.

How you select the architectural presentation, is reflective of you.

Clean, simple and modern, or scalloped and ornate, painted or stained.
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Thanks all, I might do cabinets at the bottom; that may look nicer and cleaner. Although, I've never built any before .

One detail I'm not sure about is the very bottom. I don't want stuff to be stored directly on the kitchen floor, so I put a shelf at the base. Not sure how high to make it, or to put trim along the bottom or not.
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You might want to close in the bottom. Otherwise it can be a pain to keep clean. And especially if you are making a cabinet for the bottom, then it will almost automatically be closed in.
One problem that frequently happens with shelves supported from the sides is that the center of the shelf sags eventually. So make sure that you select hefty shelves or provide center support. I'm a fan of the standard & bracket systems, where you install metal standards on the back wall and use adjustable brackets to mount the shelves.

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Thanks all, I might do cabinets at the bottom; that may look nicer and cleaner. Although, I've never built any before .

One detail I'm not sure about is the very bottom. I don't want stuff to be stored directly on the kitchen floor, so I put a shelf at the base. Not sure how high to make it, or to put trim along the bottom or not.
What may be your easiest solution, is a bag-n-box cabinet from one of the big box hdwr. vendors.

Their standard dimensions are divisible by 3, so a 27" cabinet would only need 3/4" trim added on either side.

And there are any number of architectures available.
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Maybe consider a custom BUTLERS PANTRY insert.

Bottom cabinetry with a nice countertop and open shelving above it w/ overhead lighting? I see it has a outlet so you can use small appliances in the cove.

What is the door to the right?
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Wow that looks wonderful! The door to the right goes downstairs to the unfinished basement.

Anyone have any tutorials or pointers for how to build something similar to the butler's pantry in the photo above?


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