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Pantry Design Basics


This section is designed to help you get started with your CCDS Pantry Image Design System™.


The basic principle of the Pantry System, as with all our design systems, is to import pre-drawn sections of Pantries to a worksheet to form a design.  The software has many tools to enable you to put even the most elaborate of designs together quickly and easily.


To put a Pantry design together you will need to discuss the requirements with your client and work out the sizes you will be recommending, such as widths of the sections, as you normally would.  You can then start to use your CCDS design software.


In virtually all cases, you will need to start with the Full Height Shelving Images.  They will form the structure of the design (see 'How to add an image' for more information).  You can then add images of individual sections and commonly used pantry accessories to form an attractive design to present to a client.  An example is shown below.




The full height pantry shelving  images are depicted in 2 scale heights.  The 84 inch system images are for use when designing pantries for regular height ceilings, such as 8 to 8 ½ feet tall.  The 96 inch system images are for use when designing pantries with higher ceilings, such as 9 feet and over in height.  There are also images to depict wall-mounted systems.


There pantry design system also has images depicting shelving in 4 scale widths, namely:


            18 inches wide

            24 inches wide

            30 inches wide

            36 inches wide


When putting a design together, simply select an image of the section closest to the width you need from the 4 scale section widths available.  For example, if you need to depict a 26 inch wide section showing shelving, select the 24 inch wide 'Fully Shelved' image, import it to the screen (see How to Add an Image) and you can increase the width of the image by using the "Resize"  tool to depict the exact scale width you require.  (See 'How to re-size an image' and 'How to use the scale rulers' for more information).


Once you have the basic structure on your worksheet, you can make refinements to this from the Overlay images.  These 'Image Libraries' contain images of individual sections of pantry components and accessories and you will find sufficient images to cater for virtually every design scenario you are likely to encounter.  Your CCDS Image Design Software™ has powerful tools to enable you to refine the design to be an exact scale depiction of the finished Pantry, complete with grocery items and bottles on the shelves.  It will also have a unique hand-prepared look that will make your designs stand out from any CAD system design your competitor's may have used.


The CCDS Image Design Software™ gives you a large "Screen Worksheet" on which to design but for larger areas where you may have two or more walls to design for, we suggest labeling individual walls and starting a separate page as necessary.  


When turning a corner in a pantry, corner shelving is often employed.  You will find images depicting corner shelving in a separate Image library folder specifically for this.  There are images in you CCDS Pantry Image Design System™ depicting different widths and heights of corner shelving from both the left and the right.  We suggest finishing a wall of the design with the appropriate sided image and starting the adjoining wall with an image depicting the opposite side of corner shelving.  The design below shows this principle in action.



You will find folders containing sample Pantry designs on your CCDS Image Design Software™ CD.  We suggest you take some time to review these whilst familiarizing yourself with the CCDS Image Design System™.