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Pantry Cupboards

The pantry is a kitchen cupboard filled with items often used on a daily basis. Rather than letting it become a catch-all for wayward kitchen items, by giving thought to how it’s organised your pantry can become a one-stop shop for all your daily needs within easy reach. If properly organised, your pantry cupboard can be one of the handiest kitchen storage solutions and will lead to a much smoother operating kitchen on all counts.

When getting your pantry in tip-top shape, consider the following:

How should I build my shelves?


First of all, make them more shallow than your other kitchen cabinet shelves. The ideal shelves are 6 to 9 inches deep; the shallow space keeps all your items visible and each to reach. To avoid stacking jars, add shorter shelves for small jars or spices. Some pantries have such shallow shelving built into the doors, increasing the surface area of your storage space.

How should I organise my pantry cabinet?


Having an inventory of the items you stock most to hand will help you keep track of what’s available (keep the pen and paper in the pantry so you’ll always remember to update it). Organise them in a fashion that makes sense to you, whether it’s alphabetically, by associated ingredients, bottle size or even colour, if you find colour-coordinated shelves to be more aesthetically pleasing. Storing heavy items on an easy-to-reach shelf could avoid straining your back, and it makes sense to keep lighter and non-child-safe items near the top. The most commonly used items could go right in the centre.

How can I take advantage of all available kitchen cupboard space?


Optimising your kitchen storage include installing adjustable wire racks underneath shelves, hanging door-mounted storage for spices or smaller items, fitting slide-out baskets or drawers for bulky or bagged items, and mounting removable shelves for flexibility and customisation. If you have deep shelves, why not install a lazy Susan which will help keep things accessible and orderly.

What’s the best way to light my pantry?


If you’re lucky enough to have a walk-in pantry, adequate lighting is crucial, as you’ll be scouring through an assortment of small items with even smaller descriptions in small text. Installing a motion-sensor lighting system in your pantry cupboard that immediately lights you way when you open the door will save you fumbling in the dark for a switch and knocking over jars and cans. Dark, dry pantries make better kitchen storage for preserving food, so windows are best avoided.

How can I squeeze a pantry into a small space?


Kitchen units that turn into a pullout pantry could be a great option. This unit has a tall door attached to shelving that pulls out like a tall, narrow vertical drawer, often near the oven or stove. It’s not intended for bulky items, but will definitely help keep your spices, oils and other favourite ingredients organised and handy. Pull-out pantries like this also can make good use of an awkward space between cabinets that may otherwise go unused.

What are some ways to make my kitchen pantry more visually appealing?


Storing everything in identical jars or baskets, or adding customised labels to matching jars and bottles can make your kitchen cupboards look pleasantly organised and keep everything within easy reach.
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