How To Solve Your Kitchen Pantry Storage Problem
Not everyone’s kitchen has a pantry. If you are one of them, no worries! Here’s the perfect solution. We loved our townhouse the minute we saw it. Everything about it was a perfect fit for our needs. I was so caught up in my passion for the house that I negated to notice there wasn’t a kitchen pantry!
I figured I would come up with a solution once I moved in, and I did! Depending on your situation and the amount of room you have available, I hope my solutions can work for you too. Even though my kitchen is a pretty good size and has plenty of cabinets, because we own so much “stuff” we didn’t have enough room for storing items like bread, fruits, veggies, canned items and other sundries.
First, you need to make an assessment of how much room you have either in your kitchen or your dining room. If you have room for a piece of furniture, make sure you measure first to be sure you can fit it there properly. I knew I didn’t have enough space in my kitchen for a pantry, but I knew I had some space in my dining room for one. I shifted my breakfront a bit to make room for a piece I had my eye on and the dimensions were perfect for the area.
I spotted this over at Raymour and Flanigan and new it would work. Turns out, while this worked perfectly for storing items like bread, fruits, vegetables, etc. It was just the beginning of what we needed. What about canned foods, pasta, and dozens of other products that normally get stowed away in our pantry? Keep reading, I’ll show you that solution next!
I use pretty baskets to store the produce, bread, and veggies. This really piece turned out to be perfect for all the fresh foods we need to grab every day. It’s made a tremendous difference in accessing the foods we need to get at quickly and make sure it stays fresh too. I especially love the drawers. When you are looking for a pantry like this one, be sure to check the amount of hidden space it gives you too.
Overall, it turned out to be a decorative and functional piece of furniture that we love and use daily. But that piece was just the beginning of the final pantry storage solution for us. I accessed the rest of the open space and knew there was nothing more that could be done in the kitchen or dining area so I moved into the garage. Yep! Turns out the garage space, which is just off the kitchen, was the perfect space to add a pantry.
If you saw my post on how to Transform Your Garage With Designer Cabinets, the pantry was a part of that design framework. The transformation was astounding and so functional too. The pantry cabinets turned out to work great and we use them daily too.
We have a second fridge in the garage too and if you can do the same, you’ll be amazed at how useful it is. The pantry sits directly next to it and access to it is easy peasy!
Everything we need is stored here – canned foods, pasta, condiments – you name it, it’s in there. Again, I use baskets to organize what’s in there. Everything is easy to find and very organized too!
Everything stays fresh and clean too. The cabinets are such excellent quality and keep all of our foods safe and protected.
Since I bake a lot, I knew I wanted to have a cabinet specifically for my baking products. This worked out great as well. Now, I know exactly where all of my baking items are. We also have a cabinet for the extra pots, pans, bakeware, and anything that’s too large to fit in the kitchen cabinets. Never underestimate the power of what adding additional storage units can do for your home. It’s truly transforming.
I hope this post provided you with some ideas on how to tackle the problem of not having kitchen pantry storage space in your home. I know it worked out perfectly for us and I hope it does for you too! If you have any questions or comments please be sure to leave them in the comment section below. I’d be more than happy to answer them.
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