Turn an unused or little used room into a pantry isn’t as difficult as you might imagine. Having a custom designed pantry for your needs can even save you money in the long run also because of being able to buy food in bulk. Custom designed cabinets can make sure you have a place for everything, and easy access too. So what makes the “perfect” pantry?
Where it’s located is the most important part of a pantry’s design. So be sure to try to locate the pantry as near as you can to the food preparation area. Four feet away is the ideal distance, but you also have to go with what works in your kitchen. If you’re lucky enough to have enough room for two pantries though, then only one needs to be near the preparation area.
If your pantry is more than 16 inches deep, then having custom cabinets designed with pullout trays, turntables or drawers makes reaching items easier. This way items which are stored behind other ones can be brought to the front easier.
The shelves which are above eye level should be have an open grid, or a coated wire grid so that you can see items from below.
If your pantry is the pull out type, then normal kitchen lighting is sufficient to see what’s on the shelves and in the bins. However; if the pantry is the type which is recessed, then it’s going to need its own lighting source. This could be an overhead light or custom LED light strips which could be placed where they would be the most use. In addition, if open grid shelving is used, then light will reach items easier.
Making an unused or little used room into a pantry can pay for itself.
When you are going over plans to do a kitchen rehab, consider also adding a pantry into your plans. So why is adding a pantry so important? Well, adding a pantry not only makes good sense, but it can work well within a functional layout dealing with your kitchen remodeling plans. This is because a pantry can hold all the foods which you use most frequently. It’s also an excellent place to stockpile food for an emergency situation such as a job layoff or a natural disaster. Another reason too is its sheer convenience. Just imagine having everything you need at your fingertips and not having to go to the grocery store every time you need an ingredient you thought you already had. But with a pantry, you know what you have or don’t have.
Where to put the pantry
You may be surprised at the places that you can put a panty. First, when doing a kitchen rehab, a pantry can be added to an area where there would be wasted space. Or perhaps, instead of having broom closet, enlarge it and make it a pantry instead. But there are other places that can be used for smaller pantries for extra storage:
- A small pantry can be built on a basement landing. You would leave the drywall off on the wall not facing the stairs and just add shelves.
- An unused closet can be an excellent pantry by adding shelves on the walls and racks on the door. The door racks can hold aluminum foil, plastic wrap, storage, garbage bags and things of this nature.
- Under the stairs is another great location for a small pantry. You can store canned or bulky dry goods which will give you more space in your kitchen pantry here.
What type of goods should I store in my pantry?
This is a matter of personal preference, but there are some basics you should always have on hand:
- Dry basic cooking ingredients: sugar, flour, instant dry milk, rice, noodles, baking soda, baking powder; all types of pasta noodles, brown sugar, cornmeal
- Spices: salt, pepper, basil, onion and garlic powder; season salt, etc. Also include cooking oils and shortening.
- Baking ingredients: cocoa, chocolate chips, peanut butter, jellies, jams, vanilla, walnuts, etc.
- Any canned goods such as vegetables, tuna, ham, spaghetti sauce and assorted soups
This is just a general idea of what you can put in your pantry so you always have what you need.