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Clever Cabinet Kitchen Organization With A Freestanding Pantry

Having a pantry can really come in handy when you want that additional storage space. From cans and jars to pots and pans, a pantry is a great place to store stuff out of the way, but always have it close to you in the kitchen whenever needed. However, not all homes are equipped with a pantry and the lack of that additional space is often felt and regretted. What if there was a way to have your pantry anyway? There is a wonderful piece of furniture called a freestanding pantry, so let’s dig deeper into this type of product and discover how to choose it, where to place it, and what products are good to buy.

How to Choose a Freestanding Pantry

When it comes to choosing your own freestanding pantry, you’ll pretty much have to pay attention to the same things that you would pay attention to if you bought other types of kitchen furniture. These include:

The materials and construction

For the most part, freestanding pantries are made from different types of wood. Of course, you can opt for massive wooden cabinets if you want to, but these are really expensive and rarely a preferred option for storing stuff. Some of the most convenient options at your disposal when it comes to freestanding pantries are those made from manufactured wood. You are also likely to find some models that have wooden shelves and metal sides, but these options aren’t considered to be as aesthetically pleasing as the ones made entirely from manufactured wood.

Weight capacity

Manufactured wood is a perfectly good choice when it comes to choosing your freestanding pantry materials. However, it is also considered to be weaker compared to other types of wood, which makes it even more important for you to pay attention to the weight capacity of this piece of furniture. This number will reflect the number of pounds the structure can safely support without cracking, bending, or collapsing. If you’re looking to place a lot of heavy things inside this pantry (like filled cans, jars, or stacks of china), then you will need to prioritize pantries that have a higher weight limit.

Dimension & storage capacity

These two characteristics go hand in hand, and they are different than the weight capacity of this piece of furniture. What’s the point of having a freestanding pantry which can support 300 pounds in weight if you have a measly 3 shelves and a very small piece of furniture overall?

The dimensions of your future pantry also need to take into account your existing kitchen space. It is highly recommended that you first get an idea of where you want to place your pantry and then, with those measurements written down, you can start searching for models that fit.

Most people opt for a freestanding pantry to store their small appliances and dinnerware, so the space between two shelves should be generous enough to allow you to store such items. You don’t want to spend money on a freestanding pantry only to discover that your blender doesn’t fit in there.

Related: How To Efficiently Organize Your Pantry Using Shelving Systems

Where to Place It & Organizing Tips

The next important matter that we have to discuss is where to place your pantry and how to organize it. This is important because there is a right and a wrong way to take advantage of the storage space provided by the pantry, so these tips and bits of information might come in handy in saving you from frustrations when you’re just trying to make your own life easier.

  • A freestanding pantry doesn’t necessarily have to be in the kitchen if you don’t have the required space for it. However, it should still be placed in the proximity of the cooking area, or else it can be more of a nuisance than a helf. The best place for a freestanding pantry, especially if you use it to store food or kitchen appliances that might be needed while you cook, is no further than 3 steps from the area where the food is being prepared.
  • When it comes to placement, it is often preferred if you place the freestanding pantry on the opposite side of the room compared to where your refrigerator is currently placed. This rule should be kept in mind only if you’re particularly interested in symmetry and the aesthetics of your kitchen.
  • If you use your freestanding pantry to store snacks and drinks for your children, you want the pantry and the refrigerator to be placed in spots where children can access them without having to cross the food preparation area. You want your kids to stay as far away as possible from the stove and the food preparation counter, where all the knives and other sharp things are located.
  • It is always a good idea to opt for a freestanding pantry with adjustable shelves. This means that if there are ever taller items that you need to place in your pantry cabinets, you can simply remove the shelf and place it higher or lower, depending on the configuration.
  • It’s very important to choose a freestanding pantry where you have easy access to all the shelves. A person short in stature surely knows the struggles or having to reach for something on the top shelf, so there really is no point in buying a tall freestanding pantry if you have to grab a chair every time you want something from the top shelf.

Freestanding Pantry FAQ

How much does it cost to build a kitchen pantry cabinet?

Naturally, ordering a custom-made freestanding kitchen pantry is also an option, but it’s a more costly one. Depending on the size of pantry you want to build, the details that you want, the number of shelves, etc. the end price will be higher or lower. Every additional feature, as well as every square inch of additional material used is also going to add to the end price. That being said, a freestanding pantry can cost as much as $5,000, but it can also be as low as a few hundred dollars.

Are there other alternatives to freestanding pantries?

If you can’t afford a freestanding pantry and a walk-in pantry is definitely not an options, there are few tricks that you can turn to for additional storage space. With a few wooden planks, you can improvise your own shelves for extra storage. You can also repurpose some older furniture pieces and convert them into pantry/kitchen cabinets.

Top 10 Best Freestanding Pantries

Schuetz 64″ Kitchen Pantry

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Out first item on today’s list is a freestanding pantry that’s perfect for a country-style kitchen, especially if you have a French-inspired home décor. It measures 64” H x 31.1” W x 15.4” D overall, and 9” H x 28.1” W x 13.5” D in the cabinet’s interior. It includes a microwave shelf and has a total weight capacity of 100 pounds. The faux marble countertop is in perfect harmony with the distressed gray color (the pantry is also available in a walnut finish). It is made from PDF wood and each model will be different because of the natural wood grain color variation.

Pros:

  • Microwave shelf
  • Beautiful design
  • Two color/finish options
  • Faux marble countertop

Cons:

  • Complaints about deliveries with missing parts

Coles 68″ Kitchen Pantry

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If you want a freestanding pantry that conceals all your items, then you’re going to love what the Rosalind Wheeler cabinets have to offer. This two-piece pantry set comes with a traditional design and a white color that makes it easier to match with your current kitchen décor. The interior of a cabinet measures 26.25” H x 20” W x 15” D, while every drawer interior provides you with 3.875” H x 18.25” W x 11.125” D of space. Each of the four cabinets comes with two shelves, so you have eight shelves of storage space, accompanied by two drawers. Overall, the set measures 67.75” H x 47.5” W x 15” D and it’s made from manufactured wood.

Pros:

  • Plenty of storage space
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Sturdy metal hardware
  • Includes 2 pantries

Cons:

  • Complaints about smell

Moravia 72″ Kitchen Pantry

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What about this beautiful white freestanding pantry with two cabinets for plenty of storage space? Measuring 72” H x 30.25” W x 18.25” D, this freestanding pantry doesn’t occupy a lot of space, but it’s very generous in terms of the storage space it has to offer. It is made from solid wood and has an off-white finish that makes it a simple and yet very stylish piece of furniture. The cabinets are designed with an X frame pattern. The shelves are adjustable and the pantry is easy to setup if you have a screwdriver, a level, and a drill.

Pros:

  • Adjustable shelves
  • Solid wood construction
  • Easy to clean
  • Great for modern farmhouse homes

Cons:

  • Difficult to assemble

Amezquita 71″ Kitchen Pantry

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There are plenty of things to love about the Amezquita freestanding pantry. It comes at a really affordable price and measures 71” H x 32” W x 19” D overall, with 17.3” H x 25.9” W x 19” D of storage space inside the cabinet. It is designed in the classic American Style and available in four different colors: white, cherry, dark cherry, and espresso. It’s made from a combination of MDF, laminated wood, and glass used to make the upper cabinet doors. It comes with a drawer which is perfect for holding your cooking utensils, and a generously-sized shelf that’s perfect for your kitchen appliances. It can support a total weight of 110.2 pounds.

Pros:

  • Good price
  • 4 color options
  • Stainless steel hardware included

Cons:

  • Weight capacity could be higher considering the size

Cockfosters 71″ Kitchen Pantry

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If you’re looking for a basic freestanding pantry at a good price, the Cockfosters options is straight up your alley. It measures 71” H x 26” W x 19” D overall, with the cabinet interior measurements being 17.3” H x 25.9” W x 19” D. Made from manufactured wood, this furniture piece can support a total weight of 106 pounds. It is designed with an upper and a lower cabinet, as well as a large shelf with open storage space for larger kitchen appliances, such as blenders or microwaves. Because of that, it also includes a cable management system so you won’t have any pesky wires getting in the way the entire time.

Pros:

  • Cable management system
  • Can hold kitchen appliances
  • YouTube installation video available

Cons:

  • Complaints about damage upon shipment

Halstead 72″ Kitchen Pantry

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Let’s move on and discuss about the Halsted, a freestanding pantry available in white, black, gray, and navy. Designed with a distressed look and an upper and a lower cabinet separated by a drawer, this freestanding pantry comes adjustable shelves for more versatility in terms of the size of the items you can store inside. Made from a combination of solid and manufactured wood, this pantry has a weight capacity of 50 pounds, which is considerably lower compared to the other items on today’s list. It measures 72” H x 30” W x 16” D, with 32.5” H x 26.75” W x 16” D for each cabinet interior.

Pros:

  • Adjustable shelves
  • 4 color options
  • Beautiful distressed look

Cons:

  • Low weight capacity

Lenore Storage 71″ Kitchen Pantry

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When you look at the design of the Lenore freestanding pantry, you probably won’t be that impressed, since it mostly looks like a clothing wardrobe. However, once you open up the two large doors, you will discover an impressive amount of storage space, which is exactly what you need to declutter the kitchen. Measuring 71” H x 35” W x 17” D, this freestanding pantry is made from solid and manufactured wood and features no less than 14 adjustable shelves that open up a world of possibilities in terms of interior space configuration.

Pros:

  • Adjustable shelves
  • 14 interior shelves
  • Swing-out storage

Cons:

  • Difficult to assemble

Kamryn 72″ Kitchen Pantry

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Let’s welcome another masterpiece that took the shape of a freestanding pantry, yet it looks like something more than just kitchen furniture. Made primarily out of rubberwood, this is a piece of furniture that comes with two cabinets stacked one on top of the other, and measures a whopping 72” H x 30” W x 18” D. It is available in off-white, cherry, and black, and provides three storage shelves for each of the two cabinets. The shelves are adjustable, which makes it easy to play around with the given interior storage space.

Pros:

  • Solid rubberwood construction
  • Adjustable shelves
  • Easy to assemble

Cons:

  • Expensive

Brandise Free Standing 70″ Kitchen Pantry

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The combination of white and brown wood on the Brandise freestanding pantry has made this one of our favorite products so far. It is a wide shelf and cabinet combo that measures 70” H x 25” W x 20” D overall, with the cabinet offering 23” H x 25” W x 20” D of additional storage space. Unlike most other cabinets we’ve reviewed so far, this one can hold an impressive 400 pounds, which makes it great for storing heavy items. The cable management system makes it perfect for small appliances that you want to use without having to pull them out of a cabinet, such as a coffee maker or a toaster.

Pros:

  • Cable management system
  • 400 pounds weight capacity
  • Contains solid wood in its construction

Cons:

  • No anti-tip mechanism

Fenner 15.75″ W x 67″ H 11.75″ D Free-Standing Linen Cabinet

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Don’t let the name of the product fool you: this gem works perfectly as a kitchen freestanding pantry even though, we have to admit, it would make a dreamy piece of bathroom furniture too. It is a slim construction with two cabinets and two storage shelves, measuring 67” H x 15.75” W x 11.75” D overall and 20” H x 14.5” W x 11.5” D for the interior of each cabinet. It can support a total weight of 110 pounds and it’s made from manufactured wood. It has its own anti-tipping design and a smooth surface that makes it very easy to wipe clean.

Pros:

  • Anti-tipping design
  • Suitable for multiple rooms
  • Very affordable

Cons:

  • Items may arrive damaged

Bottom Line

As you can see, there are plenty of options in terms of size and design if you’re looking to optimize your storage space by adding a freestanding pantry to your furniture collection. Just make sure you place it in the proximity of the cooking area to maximize the benefits you can obtain from this pantry, as the goal is to have the products you need in the kitchen at your disposal. The rest is a matter of your personal taste and what style of furniture matches your current kitchen setup.