18 Small Pantries Big on Smart Storage Solutions
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Liz S. July 1, 2021
I have a good amount of adjustable space in my kitchen, but I try to keep very well stocked as I live rurally: 40 mi round trip to grocery, etc. So, I am always reading these articles for new ideas. I also have a motorhome and it has the sliding pantry units (#1 type of thing) that I really love for how much I can store and easily find. I've always thought that if I redid my kitchen, I would have lots of those in various widths. I never thought to look and see if there were stand alone rolling options! Thanks for that link! The linked unit is plastic but there are nicer units once I knew to look. And I DO have some space next to my frig as well as some in my laundry closet (although I'm thinking laundry items there ... still, efficient storage!). Another personal favorite is various bins that corral items and are easy to pull out and view: baking ingredients, backup spices (I buy spices I use a lot of in 4-8 oz bags), sauce/condiments. Actually, little by little, not just in the kitchen, I have various bins and baskets to make closet shelf storage neater and easier.
AntoniaJames September 18, 2020
I used to live in a 100 year old house with a tiny "maid's kitchen" - very small relative to the size of the house! We did a moderate makeover, which included two clever storage solutions in spaces that otherwise are not efficiently used, both recommended by our wonderful cabinetmaker. They were featured in this article on Food52 a few years ago: https://food52.com/blog/353-kitchen-design-tips Scroll down to see the pull out cabinet between the sink and the outer cabinet facing, for storing dish brushes, etc., and a large pullout cabinet that makes perfect use of a large space above the refrigerator, where we stored bulky items like baskets and oversized holiday serving platters, etc. ;o) P.S. Incidentally, many of the ideas suggested above hold true as well for making the best use of much larger spaces. I now have a huge walk-in pantry, in addition to a truly ridiculous amount of other storage in the kitchen itself, but I find that many techniques for organizing smaller spaces keeps everything tidy conceptually, which is quite helpful.
Delanie A. January 25, 2019
Most of these are clever, but a laundry/pantry combo?!?
catherine C. July 18, 2021
Our utility room accommodates both our washer and dryer and two large pantry shelving units. Works just great. Our kitchen is quite small and this is actually a very good solution.
Abigail H. January 25, 2019
But where can I buy the canisters in the cover photo? They're adorable!
Lydia R. January 28, 2019
Wondering the same - kind of sad when you click on the article link for the original image and those products aren't even mentioned!
Cynthia September 24, 2020
As you scroll through the article the link for the stackable Jars is there (Next to the metal rack with small pull out canisters.
Kathryn January 15, 2019
Growing up our pantry was under the stairs and referred to as "Harry Potter's Cupboard" so I love that one- Harry would have never have starved living in our cupboard! Would be awesome if you could also do an article for those of us who are renting and unable to renovate the tiny kitchens we have. We already use some of the ideas in this article but I would love some more renters hacks!
Kim S. September 24, 2020
Expanding on that renter-friendly thought... all but the built-ins on the list could be renter-friendly. A photo collection of products representing a renter's interest (and how to style attractively and potentially reverse a semi-permanent installation) would be nice. I'm sure there are plenty of examples out there! For me, I keep my "solutions" products on a smaller scale and a lower price point so they repurpose across several different rental units where cabinet, shelf and closet dimensions are different in each space. And if I do drill a hole or two or dozen in a cabinet interior or closet/cupboard door, I don't stress too much. Spackle, paint and shelf-liners hide a multitude of sins!
ELLE January 15, 2019
Some of us dinosaurs don't subscribe to the likes of Facebook, Instagram, etc. It would be nice if Food52 could add sources other than these of the products mentioned in an article like this.
Kathryn January 15, 2019
you can still view Instagram posts without logging in but I feel you- FB doesn't allow this.
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