Pantry Organizers

Brush up on pantry organizers so you can create an efficient storage space for your kitchen.
Pantry Organizers

Pantry Organizers

A small kitchen pantry organized by shelving, drawers, dividers, and door racks.

By: Sean McEvoy

Without the right organizational touch, the pantry can become a wasteland of expired canned goods and forgotten food stores—but by exploring the wide range of ideas for pantry organizers, you can create an efficient and even attractive storage space in your kitchen.

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Wastebasket Pull-Out

According to the National Kitchen & Bath Association, a greater emphasis on trash collection is a growing trend in kitchen design. These pull-out wastebaskets conceal kitchen refuse while providing easy access. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

Photo By: Merillat

Built-In Wine Storage

The NKBA also reports that the need for wine storage is on the rise. Built-in wine racks can be incorporated into otherwise underused areas of the kitchen, such as corners and small gaps between cabinets and appliances. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

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Walk-In Pantry

Another growing trend in kitchen design, walk-in pantries can be used to store everything from food to dishes to small appliances. Pantry organization systems range from simple wire shelves to sophisticated custom drawers and cabinetry. Image courtesy of Closet Maid

Photo By: ClosetMaid

Pantry Pull-Outs

If you don't have the space for a walk-in pantry, consider maximizing cabinet space with pull-out pantry drawers. Pull-outs allow for better access to items in the back of the cabinet. Design by W. David Seidel

Photo By: Designer, W. David Seidel

Floating Shelves

Floating shelves are a visually appealing storage solution, breaking up the monotony of standard cabinets and serving as a place to display vases, cookbooks and decorative dishes. Design by Jane Ellison

Photo By: Designer, Jane Ellison

Built-In Organizer

Once offered only by custom cabinet makers, divided utensil drawers and pull-out spice drawers are now available in mid-priced fixtures. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

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Decorative Hutch

A decorative hutch provides storage for both everyday and formal dishes while serving as a beautiful focal point. Design by Dave Stimmel of The Stimmel Consulting Group

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Lazy Susan

While the NKBA reports that lazy Susans are losing popularity, they're still a great way to maximize cabinet space by making hard-to-reach spaces more accessible. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

Photo By: Merillat

Hidden Storage

Olive oils and cooking wines are conveniently stored in a narrow pull-out cabinet hidden behind an architectural feature. Design by Dave Stimmel of The Stimmel Consulting Group

Photo By: Designer, Dave Stimmel

Tray Divider Pull-Out

Tray dividers offer easy access and convenient organization for baking pans, cookie sheets and other kitchen items. Image courtesy of Merillat Cabinets

Photo By: Merillat

In addition to giving you a blissful feeling each time you look upon it, an organized pantry can save you money and time, and even teach you about your shopping and eating habits. The first step to organizing your pantry is to de-clutter it—get rid of anything old, expired or unused.

Next up, measure, then measure again. You'll need to know your pantry's dimensions before you invest in an organizer. Got those figures? Now it's time to decide on an organizer.

Slide-out drawers can be a great pantry organizing tool. They allow for easy access to all of the food stores in your pantry, and they come in a variety of styles and sizes.

Clear stackable containers can be a great pantry solution—they're very space-efficient, and they allow you to see all of your food stores conveniently stacked in tiers.

Many pantries become overcrowded with cereals and snacks. Consider adding cereal and snack dispensers, and dispense with all the clunky bags and boxes.

Finally, think about combining your pantry and spice rack, by adding a space-efficient spice rack to the inside of your pantry door.

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