Kitchen Pantry Storage and Cabinets

Kitchen pantry storage and cabinets are the start of an efficient, well-organized kitchen.


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The organization of your kitchen pantry is all about the storage options you choose and the type of cabinets you are using.

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Utilize windowsills and corners to tuck away small appliances and other kitchen essentials. Design by Dave Stimmel

Photo By: Dave Stimmel

Back to the Basics With Baskets

Baskets are an inexpensive, attractive solution for storing like items; plus, they're portable. This kitchen is also a great example of how to utilize open shelves in a stylish way. Design by Lori Dennis

Step Up to the Plate Rack

For quick access to dinnerware, install a plate rack. It's an ideal solution, especially if you have a pretty plate collection. Design by Thomas A. Conway

©Design by Thomas A. Conway.

Can You Please Pass Me a Whisk?

How charming is this utensil holder made from pie filling cans? To make your own, take a close look at the canned goods in your grocery store, or personalize cans with your children's artwork for an eco-friendly storage solution.

Recipes Built In and Close By

Built-in bookcases in a kitchen will always be filled. The owner of this kitchen chose to use the space to house a cookbook collection: a functional and beautiful solution. Design by Steve Appolloni

See-Through Cabinets

Much attention was given to this kitchen's cabinetry. Neatly stacked dishes behind glass cabinet doors make a lovely design statement at the end of the island and simplify setting the table. Design by Thomas A. Conway

Store Your Wine in an Island

If you'd like a place to store wine within easy reach, opt for an island like this one. It keeps the bottles tucked away and looks fabulous. Design by Jackie Glisson

Get Creative With Custom Cabinets

When you're designing custom cabinets, remember that you don't have to choose a door or drawer front to complete the look. Here, cooking oils are hidden behind an architectural feature right by the stove. Design by Dave Stimmel

If you have a deep-set cabinet pantry, then your best bet for storing your canned items, dry goods and bottles is to install rollout drawers and trays on sliders. This allows you to slide your food items out toward you so nothing gets lost in the abyss of the deep, dark back of the cabinet, making everything easy to find and access. Wire baskets and storage bins work really well for holding produce and dried legumes and grains. Shallow shelving on the inside of the cabinet doors is a great storage option for canned goods, bottles and spices.

For recessed and reach-in pantry cabinets, shallow shelves are really the only way to go. Otherwise, you won't be able to find anything beyond what's in the front without pulling everything out. To avoid this mess, combine shallow shelves with rollout drawers and trays, plus storage bins.

Another storage trick I love is to use see-through plastic containers to store cereal, pasta, rice, beans, and other loose dried goods. This allows you to throw bulky, mismatched boxes away for a cleaner, streamlined look. Sometimes with these types of pantry cabinets, the shelves are set a little deeper. If your shelving is a little deeper, then well-spaced dividers work really well to separate your storage items so they aren't jumbled.

For tighter pantry cabinet spaces, rotating drawers and shelving are a great way to make the most of the storage space you have. One shelf is pulled out to reveal a new shelf, and they rotate to reveal even more shelves, expanding and collapsing in on themselves. What looks like a normal size cabinet suddenly seems much larger, with every item having a place. A lazy Susan is a great storage option that will allow you easy access to items as it spins items from back to front, and cabinets with open shelving to store spices or cookbooks efficiently help you keep things within reach while you are preparing a meal.

Another storage option is to convert unused kitchen drawers into little mini-pantries for extra items. Cubbies are really fun too, especially to use as a special storage space for kids' items. You can stack cubbies with pullout clear jars and containers, as well as baskets and special utensils.

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