Add-Ons: Open Shelves When you want cookbooks close at hand, provide shelves at least 10 inches deep and 12 inches high, or size them to your biggest books. An attached bookcase can add 20 percent to the island's cost. Similar to shown: Custom bookcase in painted maple; Plato Woodwork, Inc.
It couldn't be simpler: Buy a readymade bookcase and place it where you need a pantry. This ladder-like case features shelves that get wider and deeper toward the unit's base, which amps up its ability to store items of diverse size. Here, even the smallest shelves are deep enough to hold jam jars, spices, and books./