Variations on The Vertical Stack for Storing Pans, Trays, and Boards

We all know by now that vertically stacking things like cutting boards, baking pans and sheets, and serving platters and trays is preferable. And we are no doubt equally familiar with the pathetic two-ish slots found in most first world kitchens; this most slenderest, most puniest, most lowest downest and darkest cupboard wherein resides your cooling racks and co. It’s a disgrace I tell you!

If you have the opportunity, why not try giving your flat kitchen things some more room to breathe? Instead of having just two measly slots, have ten! Heck, have twenty! Okay, twenty might be too many, but like, have a lot more than two.

As a rather spiffy alternative to the stationary slots: slots in a drawer! Offers the unparalleled advantage of the birds-eye-view, which is as important in battle as it is in cuisine. What?

While you’re at it, why not consider putting that space atop the ice box to a better purpose? You get the full width of the fridge to outfit with slots, and you’ll probably get to invest in a cute little stool in order to reach them.

If you’re somewhat short on the means to update your space and the word “contractor” is a foreign term to you, then try these more DIY-able options.

Exhibit a: tension rods become slots when positioned between two shelves.

Exhibit b: Vertical stacking and independent units that are easily situated on countertops or pantry shelves.

Free your baking trays, bubblegums! Let them, like the batman himself, rise from the darkness and take their throne on the most prime kitchen real estate.

Image credits: BHG, Schuler CabinetryBHG, Family Handy ManMartha Stewart, She KnowsMartha Stewart, Style at Home



  1. This is brilliant, Annie! I can’t tell you how desperately I need something like this. It’s a disaster every time I try to get a cutting board or baking sheet out of my cabinet. Another ideas of yours that made the angels sing! :) xoxo

  2. I have been trying to figure out what I need for better storage in the kitchen and now I know! Thanks Annie! Always great inspo over here!

  3. I have a bottom drawer under my oven, I need those dividers! I need to measure and make sure my stuff would fit that way! What a great idea!

  4. I so need this – when I get out lids and baking trays they all tumble down on me! I will have to get hubby onto this idea!


  5. I did this in my kitchen with this product from idea …

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