Pointers for Creating a Kitchen Pantry

Make the most of the empty spaces in your kitchen, even if they're all spread out. Multiple storage spaces is actually a smart-storage technique.
Pointers for Creating a Kitchen Pantry

Last update: 28 November, 2018

A kitchen pantry is a place that we use to store food products. This is true for those that last for a longer period of time, such as bottled products, spices, cured meats, grains, and flours.

The pantry has to be a fresh area that has natural ventilation so that air can pass through it. This normally helps prevent the food products from spoiling due to temperature changes and insect problems.

For the most part, pantries are usually near the area where food is prepared. As for its appearance, it might be a cabinet, a set of shelves or maybe an entire shelving unit. Each home has its own storage and space distribution system.

Why do you need a pantry?

Before refrigerators came into play, kitchen pantries had a fundamental role for food storage and conservation.

Kitchen pantry reason

While it might seem obvious to some, many people wonder why having a pantry is necessary. The answer is simple. It’s a practical place to store all kinds of foods, ranging from everyday foods (like bread) to those that are reserved for special occasions (like a bottle of wine).

In other words, the pantry is a long-term solution that works for both storing and organizing food products. It makes our life more convenient.

Pointers for creating a kitchen pantry

We organize pantries into sections that are determined by how frequently we use a food product. Organizing like this allows the products with the most frequent use to be in the easier-to-reach areas.

While a walk-in pantry would be ideal, we can’t always be so lucky with space. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t have a convenient pantry. Below, we’ll share some pointers with you for creating your own kitchen pantry.

1. Simple pantries

In many cases, the simplest option is the most convenient solution for any given problem. Following that train of thought, we can come to a pantry that just uses a set of open shelves where all the food products are visible.

These pantries are perfect for showing off vintage jars, baskets, and sacks. It’s a sure way to give your kitchen an eye-catching decor that’s full of personality.

2. Use a dresser

You can transform a dresser into a kitchen pantry. The best part about using a dresser is that you can put it anywhere you want because it’s an independent piece of furniture. You could place it in the kitchen, at the end of the hall or even in the living room. Thanks to its doors, nobody would ever guess that it’s a pantry and it won’t ruin the look of the room.

Kitchen pantry dresser

3. Built-in pantries

These days, many modern kitchens that have built-in pantries. They’re cabinets that have removable sections in certain areas that make the most out of the depth of the cabinets as possible. These pantries are the perfect solution for small kitchens.

Built-in pantries include various compartments as well as a system that, once you open its doors, reveals everything in each section to make grabbing what you need easier. It’s a very convenient, useful option that can also neatly tuck away out of sight.

Like cabinet options, you can find these built-in pantries in different sizes. For example, you can find some that are tall and narrow for the space next to the fridge, dishwasher or oven. People normal use these for spice bottles, oil, vinegar, salt, and other similar things.

4. Mini room in the kitchen

If your kitchen has an empty, unused area, you can use it to create a mini-room. Consider a mix of the options above to make the most out of your space and, at the same time, make it as convenient as possible.

Kitchen pantry mini room

Final thoughts

Instead of holding onto the idea that all of the pantry sections need to be in the same area, you can distribute them throughout the room. For example, the space next to the fridge, the cabinet space under the sink, etc.

Another idea is to place the pantry in an area that’s connected to the kitchen, like the laundry room, a hallway or even under the staircase (if your home has one).