I'd like to build a nice pantry for my wife while she's away this weekend

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Zac Harlan

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08-26-2011 02:06 AM

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My current pantry is frankly, embarrassing. I’d love to make use of this 2’X5’X8’ space for my wife but i’m not sure of a good plan of attack. It’s basically a cloths closet in the kitchen. I poked around on these forums for some ideas but it seems like all the spaces for pantry’s were very different than what I’ve got.

Here are some current pictures…

largely the mass disorganization and mess is due to us not knowing how to make use of this space.

Note: to the left is the door to the basement and to the right is the door to the garage.

Any help would be much appreciated.


-- Zac, Iowa,

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#1 posted 08-26-2011 06:34 AM

I think to make effective use of this space you need to have a plan as to what will be stored there, whether you will store it by groups or categories (function – all baking implements; form – all bowls together; size – big stuff here, small stuff over there) or store stuff because it ‘fits’. Once you have system that works and is natural to whomever is using the kitchen (the system has to make sense to the users or they will use their own system and clutter results). I think a pantry is kind of like a workshop, it is always a work in progress and will always be in a state of change.

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#2 posted 08-26-2011 06:36 PM

Thank you for the replies! My wife would like to have food stuff in there. I know right now we’ve got a metal rack that has gravitated to having cans and jars on one shelf, cereals and other big box stuff on another shelf and pots and pans on another shelf.

I’d be ok with just shelves but i looked around and found some neat things in regards to a place for baskets to hold small items, etc… the ones i looked at almost make the pantry look like something that should be displayed.

-- Zac, Iowa,

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#3 posted 08-26-2011 06:59 PM

I would hit up the lowes or HD and get one of the wire shelving units designed for this purpose. You can mix and match pieces for the style you need and the results can be satisfactory. I did this for an upstairs closet that I cleaned everything out of.

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#4 posted 08-29-2011 02:52 PM


How did the pantry come out? Any pictures?


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#5 posted 08-29-2011 04:14 PM

The project got pushed… funny how that seems to happen more often than not when you have a family. :-) I’m planning to take another stab this week at night so as soon as i get something presentable, i’ll follow up with some pictures. Thanks for replying!


-- Zac, Iowa,

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