Our 1980s split level house didn’t come with a pantry so we re-purposed the closet under the stairs. We cleaned out the usual under-stairs-closet odds and ends into other storage spaces or out to Goodwill.
Then we designed the pantry shelves. With the slanted roof we had to think through what size shelves we wanted. I knew I wanted large shelves on the back wall, the only wall adjacent to the exterior of the house. I figured it was colder back there than in the rest of the pantry and I could use that wall as a root cellar. I stock one shelf with squash in December and clean it out by April. Another shelf holds baskets of apples. Potatoes and onions go on the floor.
Ted found the studs. Alex went to the hardware store to procure standards and brackets. The two of them solved some design problems (one of the walls didn’t have a stud near the door). Voila! We have a pantry.
This pantry has served us for two years now. It keeps our dry goods, squash and storage vegetables, and home preserved foods. We find this is adequate space for our pantry goal of storing one to three months of food and turning it over every year.