Pantry Storage

Get all the info you'll need on pantry storage, and browse inspiring pictures to get you ready for your pantry project.

Pantry Storage

Pantry Storage

A maple wood pantry storage area with organized areas to hold different pantry items.

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A kitchen pantry can be an oasis of organization or a chaotic, time-consuming headache. Browsing these kitchen pantry storage ideas will help you create a kitchen storage space that's both efficient and stylish.

Pantry Options and Ideas for Efficient Kitchen Storage

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When a built-in pantry isn't available, a standalone unit makes great use of wall space.

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Shelf separators and pantry cubes let you group items by type.

Set an energetic mood in your kitchen with a lively color in your pantry.

Wire baskets can be used for easy access to potatoes and other long-lasting produce.

Pullout wire organizers grant easy access to food and dishes.

An attractive, well-organized pantry space can serve double duty as both storage and a display area.

Adjustable shelves allow easy storage for food products of different heights.

Storage containers help you group smaller food products together.

Don't let door space go to waste. Attach hanging shelves for extra storage.

Pullout shelving grants easier access to items stored on the back of the shelf.

Pullout shelves on lower cabinets help you access items that would otherwise be harder to reach.

Shelves can also be attached to cabinet doors for maximum storage efficiency.

Optimize your larger pantry with a custom storage system.

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Vertical shelves are great for storing baking sheets.

Adjustable wire shelving is an inexpensive product for customizing your pantry space.

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Pullout cabinet drawers work equally well in pantries or in the main kitchen area.

The first thing to consider when contemplating pantry storage is space. If you've ever tried to find a food item or cooking supplies in a disorganized, overflowing pantry, you know that creating efficiency in what's usually a tight space is an essential element of pantry storage design. Some innovative ways to approach the space issue include pull-out or rotating drawers that allow easy access to the back of the pantry. You might also consider a full folding door system that allows the whole pantry to expand and collapse.

Another thing to keep in mind when contemplating pantry storage is that your pantry doesn't have to be located in a dark, musty, unused closet adjacent to the kitchen. Think about using existing wall space to create a "built in" pantry, or exploit rarely used lower drawer space for a convenient pull-out pantry.

One thing to keep in mind when designing your pantry storage is that drawers or shelves that don't pull out or rotate should be shallow. This helps you avoid the problem of having food items stacked in the back of the pantry where they're inaccessible. If the drawers or shelves are somewhat narrow and shallow, food items will always be front and center, both easily viewable and accessible.

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