Having a walk-in pantry in a kitchen would be terrific.
Depending on your situation, you may not have the budget for it or simply don’t need one. Maybe your kitchen is too small, or you have an existing one that’s already filled to the brim.
Simphome.com has rounded up twelve marvelous ideas to organize different types of pantries.
Stick around because you might find the solution you’re looking for.
Number 12. Build This Rustic Walk-In Pantry System
If you have any recessed space that’s hardly ever used, you can continue the wall and add a door casing.
Leave it open without a door if you have a knack for decorating. It will also force you to keep it clean and well organized.
The solid wood shelves are held up by black brackets and wrap around the sides and back wall.
You can continue the flooring to make it seem more a part of the kitchen.
Various shaped, large jars hold common ingredients like flour and sugar, while smaller ones contain several types of spices. Also used are different crates, baskets, and other stylish containers for other stuff.
11. How to Build Pantry Shelf Using MDF Board
Cut as many shelves from the MDF boards as you need. These shelves are mitered 45 degrees at the corner to form an L-shape.
It would be the perfect time to paint the pantry walls and the MDF before installing them. 1”x2” cleats driven to the walls with screws will hold the shelves in place.
Attach a 2”x2” post on the “L” corners using small brackets and screws for more structural support.
If shelf corners are protruding from the doorway, trim them 45 degrees to avoid bumping into them.
I also recommend caulking all the inside edges for a more polished look.
10. Adopt an Open Pantry Concept
Here’s another way to take advantage of an even smaller recessed area – open shelves.
You may have to add siding that matches the shelves’ depth on one side while the opposite ends rest on an existing wall. Prep the area with caulk and fresh coats of white paint.
You can use 3/4” cheap laminate for the shelves and some 1”x1” trim for cleats. Stain them with a deep brown color.
After everything dries, drive the cleats to the sides and back wall with screws while making sure to level them.
Finally, place the shelves and secure them with brads.
9. Optimize an Awkward Space in Your Kitchen With This L-Shaped Shelving Idea
This one is a corner walk-in pantry solution with L-shaped shelves but with a diagonal enclosure.
Use 2”x4” lumber for the framework. Figure out where you want to put the 1’ deep perpendicular walls before connecting them with the diagonal frame.
Leave an opening in the middle of the diagonal to fit a new door and frame.
Next, install the electricals for lighting.
For the walls, cut wallboards and screw them to the framework.
Caulk and paint the interiors. Then cut L-shaped shelves from 1/2” MDF and secure them with 1”x2” cleats.
Install the new door and match the exterior finish to the kitchen walls.
8. Make Your Pantry Spice Rack More Accessible
Mount spice racks behind your pantry door to save more space for your shelves.
As a bonus, you can access your spice jars more conveniently. You can build a sturdier second unit under it for your detergents, wraps, and other larger items.
The spice rack is 36” tall and 18” wide, and made of 3/8”x2” slats.
Space the shelves to match different bottle heights, and use beadboards as backing.
Rails made of wood pieces from a clothes-drying rack will keep the bottles in place.
Attach everything with 1” nails and wood glue.
Alternatively, you can get this ClosetMaid 1233 Adjustable 8-Tier Wall and Door Rack, 77-Inch Height X 18-Inch Wide, White. (You can click the image too)
7. Jar Stickers
Jar sticker labels will go a long way in helping organize your pantry containers. These labels will give you an idea of their contents at a glance and contribute to your efficiency.
With vinyl stickers and a digital cutter, you can come up with almost any label design that you want. Even better, there are several templates available online you can download for free. Or simply go to Google font library and take your shot.
More prominent labels will give your pantry a more themed look. It can be anything from Wet Ingredients, Dry Ingredients, Grains, Pasta, Breakfast, Healthy Snacks, even Junk Food, etc.
6. Build a Walk-In Pantry Complete With a Ladder and Special Door
This charming design is for those of you who need to organize a large walk-in pantry. White cabinetry will brighten up the area.
White lopsided double doors will allow you to bring in or take out heftier items. You can keep the smaller one closed most of the time. The bigger one is for everyday use.
The French window type glass panes would let you and guests see the beautiful containers and organized arrangement inside.
To let you access the items on top, you can build a ladder that anchors on dowels installed just below the highest shelves.
5. Build a Built-in Pantry Shelving System Perfect for a Small Kitchen
With smaller kitchens, especially ones with a galley layout, you have to be more creative.
A great solution is built-in shelving around your refrigerator. This design lets you maximize the awkward gaps around it.
The ref housing protrudes about 3” from the shelving. Attach two open-shelf columns on both sides of the ref and two wide shelves above it. All of them are cut from 3/4” MDF and assembled with wood screws and glue.
Use 1”x2” bracing to secure the panels to the floor and back wall. 1”x1” cleats hold the shelves. Finish the face with 1”x2” trim, and then paint.
The ref would have to stick out enough to let you swing its doors fully open.
4. A Simple Solid Rack Pantry Idea
Sometimes, wire shelving won’t cut it, and you may want to replace them with something more robust.
First, remove the old shelves and fill in all the holes. It would also be the perfect time to replace the back wall with a more attractive finish.
In this case, the owner used stenciling with white overlapping circle patterns on gray paint. For textured walls, applying adhesive spray on the stencil would prevent paint from bleeding out.
The shelves are 1”x16” boards held up by 1”x1” cleats. Install decorative brackets in the middle to prevent them from sagging. Finally, caulk and apply fresh coats of white paint to all the pieces.
3. A Pantry Door Foil and Plastic Wrap Solution Ide
Plastic wraps and aluminum foils are some of the things you want out of plain sight in your kitchen. At the same time, you want to place them somewhere convenient.
The ideal solution would be to mount them behind your pantry door for easy and quick access, but how?
Use cheap self-adhesive plastic hooks that you can buy online. Instead of mounting the hooks facing upward, turn them 90 degrees inwards.
Stick them 10-5/8” apart on the door so you can snap the tubes in by the sides. You’ll still need the boxes to cut the foil and wrap.
2. Equip Your Pantry With This DIY Divider for Cookware Idea
You can build this DIY divider to organize your pans, trays, racks, or other flat cookware
Cut two pieces of 1/4” plywood to the depth and width of the cabinet. Cut 3/8”x1-1/2” slats ½” shorter than the cabinet’s depth and sandpaper the edges round.
Use a 1/4” scrap as a spacer and glue the slats flush and perpendicular to the plywood pieces’ back end.
Build a top frame with 3/4”x3/4” pine for the front and back. Use 3/4”x1-1/2” for the sides and screw it to the top. Install both guides at the top and bottom and make sure they are aligned vertically.
Cut the divider panels to size. Also, add curved indents that will let you grab the cookware. Lastly, test if each would slide smoothly on the guides.
Lastly, Number 1. How to Build Your First DIY Pantry From Scratch Complete With a Barn Door
First on the list is emptying the space of its previous contents. Prep the walls with new paint if you want to.
Next, cut five 1”x16” boards to the width of the pantry. Keep your level bar handy as you attach 2”x2” pine cleats into the walls by driving 3” wood screws into them.
Secure the shelves on the cleats with 2” brads. You can add diagonal bracing in the middle for better structural strength. Routing the outer edges is optional but would make them look more stylish.
Finally, install the tracks above the doorway outside and attach the barn door.
I think we’ve covered enough styles and organizing solutions to get you started on your pantry build or transformation. The ones listed here are all practical, pretty straightforward to follow, and easy on the budget.
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