Having a pantry in the first place is really great because that gives you plenty of room to store all sorts of things. Of course, in order for it to actually be efficient and for you to enjoy having and using it, a proper storage and organization system is needed. With that in mind, today we’re going to be talking about pantry shelving and all the different ways in which you can customize this space.
Obviously, shelves are the way to go when it comes to pantries and storage spaces in general. That’s because they’re incredibly versatile and they’re also super easy to install. They can, however, get very messy very quickly. Avoid that by organizing all the items into boxes and containers. As it turns out, that makes a huge difference, as demonstrated by this makeover project shared on seevanessacraft.
Although in some cases the typical store-bought shelving system can work out really nicely for pantries and garages and other such spaces, they’re not nearly as great as custom-built shelves. Nothing compares to furniture that has been specifically designed to take advantage of the space that it’s a part of. These built-in shelves featured on centsationalstyle for example take advantage of the corner space in a magnificent way.
If you don’t have a pantry in your kitchen but there’s room for one, perhaps you could build it yourself. It takes a bit of planning and plenty of effort but if you go with a simple design this wouldn’t b nearly as complicated as you might think. For example, you could have some shelves built around your fridge, as a way to frame it and integrate it into the pantry itself. Check out younghouselove for more details.
The pantry can also be a separate little space away from the kitchen but still easily accessible from various sections of the house. Also, the pantry can be a multifunctional space and can include more than just storage shelves. This of course is directly related to your own particular needs, the available space, layout and everything else. A good source of inspiration in this case can be the makeover project featured on elevengables.
The ideal pantry would be both well-organized and good-looking. That’s actually quite easy to achieve. Pantry shelves can be placed along the walls and can also take advantage of the corners. You can leave a larger open space at the bottom for any big items that you might want to store and you can have everything else neatly lined up on the shelves. Consider putting some wallpaper on the walls or painting them in order to make this space look less boring. Check out willscasa for more ideas and inspiration.
If you’re building all the shelves for your pantry from scratch. it might be a good idea to take this opportunity to customize them. You can play around with different proportions, shapes and sizes and create storage modules designed to hold specific things such as trays, jars, bottles and of course storage boxes and larger containers. You could also install some pull-out shelves for various smaller things and perhaps some hooks on the walls or on the inside of the door as well. Be sure to check out homeonpoplarcreek for additional details.
Another idea is to alternate between different types of storage systems when setting up your pantry. You could have some open shelves at the top and a few drawers or cubbies at the bottom, maybe even a small counter space as well so you can turn this into a small workstation. Shallow shelves that aren’t very deep are practical because they let you organize and keep everything visible and within reach. Check out gingerandthehuth for some inspiration.
If you don’t have a pantry you can set one up by simply repurposing a couple of bookcases from Ikea. You should be able to turn them into a custom storage unit which can be your new pantry. This one which is featured on asavoryfeast has these glass cabinet doors which expose the upper section of the pantry and let you see the contents of the shelves. It’s a little detail that can help make the room around it seem more open and spacious.
You can store a lot of things on the shelves inside a pantry but you can also use the doors in a similar manner. You can install hooks and small trays, shelves and other storage systems on the inside of the pantry where you can store and organize smaller items such as spice bottles, cleaning supplies and anything that’s not too big or too heavy. See this idea put into practice on cassandrajed-cassadiva.
To keep your pantry clean and organized, consider using baskets and boxes and group up similar items. You can create various categories for different types of items and you can even label them so you can easily find what you need without having to open any containers. You can take some inspiration from this makeover project featured on thevintagewren.
If you decide to build the shelves for the pantry yourself, it can be very helpful to use tape in order to visualize your design and to make any adjustments in the beginning of the project. This way you can see how they’re spaced out and decide whether or not you’re happy with the layout and the proportions. Check out thecraftpatchblog for more tips and ideas.
Don’t let a small pantry bring you down. Even if it has a tiny footprint you can still make the most of it. Install a bunch of shelves, use the corner spaces efficiently and use boxes and baskets to organize all the items into categories and to maximize the storage capacity of each shelf. Also, using bright colors and lighting up the space can help to make it look a bit bigger. This tiny but also stylish pantry featured on jenron-designs can be your source of inspiration for this project. As you can see, there’s a lot going on here but still the pantry looks neat and organized.