Plan a Pantry Shelf: Food Size Charts

Planning a pantry shelf involves knowing the sizes of the food to be stored. In this sortable chart, you can quickly determine foods that can be stored together according to size.

Average widths and heights of common pantry goods

The chart below shows common measurements of most items you would store in your pantry. It quickly gives you an idea of how to best plan your pantry shelf.

The 12″ depth shelf is the most universally-installed pantry shelf size. The 16-18″ depth is ideal for small appliances, bulky items, and can organizers. This is the starting point for doing the math for fitting cans, jars, and boxes on pantry shelves.

This sortable chart accompanies the article “Perfect Pantry Shelf Depth and Height” that includes charts of multiple shelf sizes and suggested spacing of how far apart shelves should be spaced.

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Item Depth Height
Tuna 3-1/2″ 1-1/2″
Ziplock® storage bags, quart size 7-3/4″ long 2-1/2″ tall
Jello ® 3 oz 3-1/2″ 3″
Jello ® 3 oz 1″ (label facing out) 3″
Spam® 2-1/4″ (label facing out) 3-1/2″
Tomato paste (6 oz) 2-1/4″ 3-1/2″
Peaches, large can 4-1/4″ 3-1/2″
Frosting can 3-3/4″ 3-3/4″
Crackers, saltines 4-1/4″ 4-1/4″
Baking soda (label facing out) 3-1/2″ 4-1/2″
Baking soda, side out 2″ 4-1/2″
Canned green beans (14.5 oz) 2″ 4-1/2″
Peanut butter (18 oz) 3″ 5″
Soup (18.6 oz) 3-1/4″ 5″
Prunes 4-1/4″ 5″
Pint Jar 3″ 5-1/2″
Hot chocolate canister 5″ 5 -/2″
Shortening 5-1/4″ 6″
Peanut butter (5#) 6″ 6-1/4″
Quik chocolate mix 6″ 6-1/4″
Coffee (2#7oz) 6-3/8″ 6-1/2″
Quart jar 4-1/2″ 6-1/2″
Rice box, Uncle Ben’s Rice® 5″ 6-3/4″
Juice, bottle 4-1/4″ wide 7″
Cake mix box 5-1/2″ 7″
Sugar (4# bag) 5-1/4″ 7″
Mac ‘n cheese, side out 1-3/8″ 7-1/4″
Mac ‘n cheese, front out 3-1/2″ 7-1/4″
Stuffing, instant 5″ 8″
Dressing for salad 4″ 8″
Cracker box #1 5-1/4″ 8″
Malt-O-Meal® 5-1/4″ 8″
Spice containers, jumbo size 4-1/4″ 8″
Steak sauce 2″ 8-1/4″
Pancake mix 6-1/4″ 8-1/4″
Corn Syrup 3-1/2″ 8 1/2″
Cracker box #2 5″ 9″
Graham crackers 5-1/2 “ 9″
Oatmeal 5-1/4″ 9-1/2″
Cookbook, fundraiser size 7″ 9-1/4″
Ketchup 4″ 10″
Dry milk 6-3/4″ 10″
Juice, 1/2 gal 4-1/2″ 10-1/2″
Minute Rice ® 6-3/4″ 10-1/2″
Cookbook, Betty Crocker 9″ deep 10-1/2″
Lasagna box 4″ 11″
Flour, 10# bag 6-1/2 “ 11″-11-5″
Cereal box (12.25 oz) 7-3/4″ 11-1/4″
Vinegar, gal 6″ 12″
Cereal box (24 oz) family size 9-3/4″ 13-1/2″ – 14″

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