We are renting a split level house. Because we are renting, we are very limited on the changes we are allowed to make. I have a LOVE/HATE relationship with this house. I LOVE it because it works & we are able to live peacefully with our 5 youngest kids in it. I HATE it for too many reasons to name....mainly cost & energy efficiency, things that I have no control over.
Since my options are limited, but I NEED storage space in the kitchen, I had to be inventive. While I call the house a split level, I have been told it is technically a split foyer.....you come in the front door & you are on a landing, you can either go up to the kitchen & living areas or you can go down to the laundry & the space we are using as our master bedroom. For todays purpose we go UP. At the top of the stairs, there is a "hall" closet to the right, the livingroom to the left and the kitchen straight ahead. While we could really use a place to hang our coats, a pantry was of more urgency. The kitchen has four small cabinets that barely hold our dishes, glasses & pots & pans. We needed a place to store food.
We solved the coat storage problem by putting removable hooks on the back of each bedroom door and decided to use the "hall closet" as a pantry. The closet had a traditional rod for hanging coats & a shelf above that. We took a 3 shelf (cheap) pressed wood bookcase & mounted it just above the baseboard in the closet.