I am in the process of figuring out a place to keep a small collection of enameled cast iron cookware and porcelain dishes. My fiance and I live in a small 1 BR apartment with narrow cabinets (and very few of them- just enough for food and small stuff that we keep by the stove. We have considered a sturdy cookware stand (Enclume), which would help with the cookware but we would still need to figure out what to do with the dishes. We like the idea of keeping these along the wall by the dining table, but since we rent, we do not want to invest in seriously large furniture or attaching anything to the walls.
I already have some chrome wire shelving from a DIY pantry in a previous apartment, and wouldn't mind investing in some additional shelves. I am concerned that the style of shelving is too "rugged" to keep porcelain plates stacked on, though- since the weight is not evenly distributed across where the plates and shelving make contact (since it's not a solid surface). I am also concerned that the shelving could scratch up the enameled coating on my Le Creuset. Am I being paranoid? We recently received these items as weddings gifts, and I've never had such a well-equipped kitchen- I don't want to wreck anything! If anyone has any experience keeping dishes on these shelves, what depth do you recommend? We have a short, 12-inch deep unit in a closet and that struck me as too narrow when I put a plate on it.
Thanks in advance!