You can save money by buying bulk bags of spaghetti noodles and breakfast cereals at a discount store, but it will also make your pantry look cluttered. These attractive ways to upgrade your pantry storage without appearing like a plastic container hoarder are great options for finding that box of gluten-free cookies.
- 1 Drawers: Custom Sliding Built-Ins
- 2 Drawers: Sliding Baskets
- 3 Drawer Alternatives: Bins on shelves
- 4 Stackable: Shelf Inserts
- 5 Stackable: Can Racks
- 6 Wall-Mounted Spice Rods and Bags
- 7 Wall-Mounted Bulb Baskets
- 8 Countertop: Spice Rack with Erasable Labels
- 9 Countertop: Lazy Susans
- 10 Countertop: Fruit Basket
- 11 Utility Carts for Floor Space
- 12 Floor Space: Step Stool
Drawers: Custom Sliding Built-Ins
Sliding kitchen cabinet drawers that are soft-closed and slide easily are a must-have in any kitchen renovation plan. This storage feature doesn’t just apply to your island or under-counter storage. These favorites can be stored in your pantry, so you don’t have to go searching for the perfect crackers. Look for sturdy, gliding shelves that can support the weight of your pantry contents when shopping. Metal gliding systems are stronger than plastic ones.
ShelfGenie offers custom systems that can hold up to 100 lbs of weight.
This Old House TV’s general contractor Tom Silva shows you how to maximize your kitchen cabinets space.
Drawers: Sliding Baskets
A basket version is less permanent but offers nearly the same benefits as custom-built-ins, although it’s more expensive. Basket drawers for closet organization can hold lighter items. However, if you want to store heavy-duty kitchen goods, consider basket drawers that are made for this purpose. This expandable basket can be used in a pantry with locking mechanisms that attach to wire or wooden shelving.
Expandable Pantry Pull Out Pan, 12″x6″ in White, $30
Drawer Alternatives: Bins on shelves
You can avoid locking mechanisms and installing by storing goods in baskets or bins. For a clean look and less clutter, choose containers that match your kitchen and pantry hardware. These baskets are great for grabbing items as you prepare food.
Large Silver York Open Stack Basket, $25; The Container Store
Stackable: Shelf Inserts
Even if you don’t have matching bins, organized pantry shelves can still be reached. To organize and elevate cans and boxes of pasta, slide in shelf inserts. This powder-coated steel design will blend into your shelves and help you find the right ingredient. Use the included screws to connect two or more items.
Stackable: Can Racks
It is not a good idea to stockpile tuna cans during big sales. Amanda LeBlanc, a Birmingham organizer, recommends placing them in your eyeline with can racks. The next can will move forward if you take out the front can. These racks can be used to make the most of upper shelves that are obstructed.
Wall-Mounted Spice Rods and Bags
This multi-purpose rod can be used to hang your spice bags and save shelf space. You can either buy a 5-pack (about $3 at IKEA) of matching Shooks or shower curtain rings that have mini clamps for spice bags. By connecting two rails with one bracket, you can double the length.
Wall-Mounted Bulb Baskets
Take out the damaged refrigerator drawers and dark pantry corners and get your garlic bulbs out. These handcrafted steel wire baskets can be used to hang them on your wall.
A magazine wall rack is a great option if you want to bulk buy root vegetables and save wall space. You should choose a wire rack with smaller openings to prevent garlic from slipping through. Modern Age Double Wall Organizer, $55; Dot & Bo
Countertop: Spice Rack with Erasable Labels
These jars will prevent tiny bottles of crushed red pepper and cumin from falling out of upper cabinets like an avalanche. Label each jar with the included wet dry erase marker and then grab them when you are done food prepping. The included wall toggles allow you to mount the rack on the wall.
Spice Rack with Erasable labels, approximately $86 to $150; Food52 Storage Studies, Food52
Chalkboard stickers can give your food storage containers a makeover. Set of 16 Chalkboard Labels for $10; Crate & Barrrel
Countertop: Lazy Susans
You can still have the best pantry storage, no matter how many you have. Keep the essentials at the top of your shelves and storage units. Avoid putting bottles and containers away by spinning them on a Lazy Susan when you need them. This white marble version can be used for appetizers and condiments when entertaining.
White Marble Lazy Susan, $15; World Market
With a set with a telescoping shaft, squeeze in two Lazy Susans tiers. Rev-a Shelf Value Line-Full Circle Independently Rotating 2 Shelf Set, $40-$85; Hayneedle.com
Countertop: Fruit Basket
This basket will allow you to store root vegetables and fruits while still allowing for ample countertop storage space. This basket is even great for entertaining.
Handled 2-Tier Wire Fruit basket, approximately $20; Craft & Barrrel
You can also find other creative ways to personalize your kitchen.
Utility Carts for Floor Space
When it comes to pantry storage, there are no too many moving parts. You can handle bulkier dry goods without worrying by using a utility cart. It’s compact enough to fit in small spaces and under floating shelves. This powder-coated steel utility cart is popular among home bloggers as a bathroom storage solution, bar cart, and other uses.
Floor Space: Step Stool
This sturdy stool is three steps tall and will give you an extra step to reach your high-heeled can racks or other pantry goods. The handsome mahogany construction features a safety rail that allows for easy climbing. It can also fold flat when not in use. It’s also the only wooden step stool that is ANSI compliant.
You can make a mini stool using a checkerboard top.