Why is a small pantry a good idea?
Do you want to keep your kitchen organized, but you don’t want to give up the food provisions, as you might need them at any moment? A small pantry is your solution. Surprisingly - you don’t need a separate room or a lot of space for its organization. Of course, everything depends on the amount of supplies you want to store. Whether you live in a house or an apartment is yet another factor.
A house typically has much more space, so you shouldn’t have any issues with pantry organization. It doesn’t mean, though, that you cannot create a small pantry in an apartment. On the contrary - a limited space often evokes the most creative ideas.
Kitchen pantry - a solution fit to your needs
A kitchen pantry is not a limitation but rather a facilitation when preparing meals every day. Thanks to this solution, you always have everything close at hand, so you don’t have to go anywhere and interrupt your cooking. As it turns out, not every kitchen pantry has to look exactly the same. You can pick an idea that fits your house or apartment and, most importantly, your needs.
Pantry organization ideas - when finishing the house or apartment
If you’ve just moved into an apartment or a builder’s finish house, you definitely have more possibilities for a pantry organization. First of all - you can adjust the whole space to your own expectations - without the need for remodelling, which would cost more anyway.
Creating a separate small interior by dividing the kitchen for an adjacent small pantry is a very interesting option. One can also use an already existing wall niche which is a common result of an apartment’s layout. All you need to do, in this case, is adding a special door. You can choose from several options:
- standard door,
- accordion door,
- sliding door.
Regardless whether your kitchen pantry is a small interior or just a niche - make sure to equip it appropriately. It’s best if you install practical pantry shelving - top to bottom. Thanks to this, you gain a lot of space - not only for food or preserves. Some kitchen appliances and hygienic products like toilet paper will also fit in the pantry shelves. This way, you can declutter a small bathroom and kitchen, making it easier to keep those interiors organized.
A practical solution for a small kitchen
None of the mentioned solutions fit you? No problem. You don’t have to give up the idea of a pantry. You can create a small pantry and integrate it with the rest of the kitchen equipment. It’s recommended to plan such a solution at the same time you finish the interior - this way, you can easily pick appropriate, functional furniture.
Similar to the standard pantry, you should use as much space as possible. To do this, you can decide on tall cabinets that reach the ceiling. This way, you can fit more elements inside.
A basement pantry - use the space in a practical way
Regardless whether you live in a house or an apartment - you should use the available space to the maximum. If you have a basement, don’t leave it unorganized - it’s the biggest mistake. You can create a pantry in there. Basement storage added to an apartment is typically large enough, so you can turn one of the walls into a small pantry. The rest of the space can be left for storing unused textiles or bicycles.
Regardless of the above, a large house basement offers the most possibilities. In such as case, you can divide the basement pantry into sections for storing items such as:
- vegetables and fruit,
- fruit and vegetable preserves,
- homemade wines and liqueurs,
- food supplies,
- hygienic products.
Keep in mind that a basement might be a humid place. If you store humidity-sensitive products in a pantry like this, make sure to put them in airtight containers. You can find them in most houseware stores. In addition, consider buying a moisture absorber - or even a few. Such products are very cheap and last for months.
Not enough space? A small pantry in stairs is also a good idea
A basement is not an option and there is not enough space to design a kitchen pantry? We have yet another idea for a pantry organization - just use the space under the stairs - it is typically unused. Few people know that it’s a perfect spot for a practical small pantry.
You don’t need much to organize the space under the stairs. Just cover it with a door and put some pantry shelving or install large drawers with practical compartments. You can carry out both such projects yourself - all you need is some creativity and a few simple tools. You can also ask a specialist who has an experience in such designs to do it for you. Keep in mind that the latter option is more expensive.
📍 Pantry organization ideas - how to create a pantry?
The best place for a pantry organization is a house, as it typically has enough space for it. In such a case, you can designate a separate room for it, organize the basement or design a part of the kitchen for this purpose. There are plenty of possibilities - a small pantry under the stairs is one of the most interesting ones.
📍 What is the recommended pantry size?
A pantry doesn't have to be large to be functional. All you need is an area of 2-3 square meters. Of course, the more space, the better. A walk-in pantry of 5-6 square meters area is very practical. You can fit a lot of food supplies and preserves in there, as well as kitchen appliances.