Dreaming of a beautifully organized kitchen pantry? We've found lots of inspirational ideas and organizational tips for creating your dream pantry, large or small.

By Cyndy Aldred

In a perfect world, every home would come with a large walk-in kitchen pantry with tons of storage space. If you're fortunate to have a large walk-in pantry, maximizing your available shelving and creating separate dedicated storage areas for dry goods, grab-and-go snacks, cookbooks, and serving pieces is the best way to make the most of your pantry.

Clear, air-tight storage containers extend the shelf life of dried goods while helping to keep items uniform, organized, and easy to find at a glance.

Image via NEAT Method Photography by Michelle Drewes

Open Shelving Solution

Even if you don't have a large walk-in pantry, you can get the same look by using any open shelving you have in your kitchen. Whether you have existing built-in shelving or can incorporate a large bookshelf along an available wall, you can dress up the space you have with large, pretty wicker baskets to store pantry items.

Wire bins on shelves are a great way to store canned goods, and wood chalkboard tags make a fun and efficient way to label baskets for quick identification.

Image via Eleven Gables

Dual-Purpose Pantry

If you don't have an area in the kitchen to create pantry storage, consider the possibility of carving out pantry space by creating a dual-purpose pantry with another storage area near your kitchen. For instance, do you have a closet, mudroom, or laundry room near your kitchen? Add more shelving to convert it into a dual-purpose pantry.

Creative Cabinets

Another small-space solution is to transform existing cabinet storage into a well-organized pantry by adding pullout drawers. Most big-box home improvement stores like Lowe's and The Home Depot now offer pullout shelving for cabinets and custom pantry storage accessories that makes it easy to convert a cabinet into a built-in pantry.

Freestanding Pantry Cabinet

To make up for a lack of pantry space, consider adding a freestanding cabinet such as an armoire or even a media cabinet to your kitchen for more storage. Such cabinets can easily be painted to match your existing kitchen colors, and if you move, your free-standing pantry can move with you!

Specialized Pantry Storage

Making a space to store specialized pantry items in your cabinets is a great way to free up space in your existing pantry. For instance, if you do a lot of baking, why not create a dedicated baking cabinet? By pulling the baking supplies out of your pantry storage, you not only make more room in your pantry for other items, but you also create a convenient, one-stop spot for all your baking supplies.

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Comments (6)

December 1, 2019
Great ideas! Love Love!
December 1, 2019
Great ideas! Love Love!
January 7, 2019
The stool that's in the third picture was something the homeowner already had. I would recommend looking on Wayfair, Etsy, Walmart or Target for something similar. Something like this from Wayfair maybe? https://www.wayfair.com/furniture/pdp/wrought-studio-pierce-25-swivel-bar-stool-w001057520.html
January 4, 2019
Thank you for some great design ideas! Pantries are overlooked many times when someone renos or purchases a home. I'm wondering if you can possibly help me find the stool that's in Photo number three with the window in the pantry. I've searched hours on the net to find it under several headings. I'd appreciate any leads.
December 17, 2018
Looking at your open shelving storage over the sink, etc, who is going to dust it, clean cooking film, etc from all those items? Just not practical as it can cause too much unnecessary work.
August 31, 2018
I could not afford fancy baskets to organize my walk in pantry, so I bought a bunch of plastic dish pans in various colors... soup, veggies, carbs, drinks (tea/coffee/crystal lt), etc.