In desperate need of some DIY Pantry hacks? Does opening the door to your pantry to see how cramped and cluttered it is make you want to give up on cooking and just order a take-away?
If your kitchen is on the smaller side, whether it has a pantry or not, it can be tough to find the space you need to keep everything neat and tidy. And even the largest pantry can become untidy over time.
But you don’t have to resort to moving or remodeling your kitchen to gain more kitchen storage space. These nine do-it-yourself pantry hacks below will make your pantry look bigger. You can try them all or just do what works for you.
You don’t even have to have a true pantry; the ideas below also work in a corner of your kitchen as well as your cupboards.
9 DIY Pantry Hacks to Make Your Pantry Look Bigger
1. First Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Baskets and bins
Wood or straw baskets and bins are perfect storage options that make even the smallest pantries appear larger. You can simplify your life by organizing your favorite meals into the bins, so you can simply carry them from the pantry to the kitchen whenever you’re preparing them.
2. Second Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Storage racks
Wire shelves, also known as baker’s racks, are perfect for either creating pantry space in a corner of your kitchen or making a walk-in pantry appear even larger. Wire castor style racks are perfect for organizing and storing canned goods. They also keep the tins from rolling away or getting lost behind other items.
3. Third Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Pegboards
If you need to free up space in an overcrowded pantry, installing a pegboard on a blank wall or on the inside of your pantry doors is a fantastic solution. Hang large cooking utensils, pots and pans, towels and anything else with a hook. You can even balance miniature shelves for spices and smaller canisters.
4. Fourth Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Pull-outs and undershelf storage
To create extra space in your pantry, add pull-out drawers or undershelf storage instead of just shelves. Bin style drawers can hold more items than most types of shelving, and they are much easier to keep organized.
Another type of hidden storage to consider is foldout doors or double doors with built-in shelves. This organization option is great to add extra space to a small walk-in pantry. You can keep small items you use frequently on the shelf doors while keeping larger items and extras in the main pantry itself.
5. Fifth Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Tiered shelves and risers
To create additional space on pantry shelves, employ tiered shelves and risers. This bleacher-style storage system is ideal for storing spices, canned goods and glass jars of everything from sauerkraut to Polish dill pickles.
The staggered heights of the shelves make labels easy to read so you’ll never forget you already have ingredients or lose a can of tomato sauce again.
6. Sixth Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Label everything
To make any size pantry appear larger, label shelves, bins, drawers, containers and jars. You could also use erasable chalkboard stickers or washable whiteboard magnets for shelves and decals for jars.
That way you can quickly make changes whenever you reorganize or if you tend to swap out frequently used ingredients seasonally. For extra fun, turn a pantry door into a chalkboard where you can write out shopping lists and recipe ideas.
7. Seventh Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Clear storage bins and drawers
If you don’t like baskets, but still want to be able to see what’s in every drawer and bin, or if you want to mix things up, use clear acrylic boxes and drawers to store grab and go items such as crisps, pretzels and frequently eaten snacks.
Acrylic bins are perfect to store on lower shelves or at floor level, especially if you have children. They can reach healthy snacks and even if they knock them over, the containers won’t break.
8. Eighth Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Use glass containers
Store dry goods and baking ingredients such as, flour, sugar, nuts and pasta in clear class jars or a similar type of container. Label them with decals and store them on higher shelves if you have young children. Store sauce jars and jam by category in their own drawer or bin rather than on a shelf. These items are easy to lose track of when they’re shelved because they tend to get pushed behind other food.
9. Ninth Of The DIY Pantry Hacks; Declutter
This last tip is really what all the other suggestions are about. Banishing clutter and organizing your ingredients and snacks by type and by favorite recipes will surprise you. Once you can easily access everything and see what you have, you will discover that your pantry appears to grow.
More space in your pantry means less stress and more time for other crafts
No matter how you decide to organize your pantry, besides looking larger, your new storage space will improve your mental health by reducing stress levels. Making all your ingredients accessible and easy to find, means you might find yourself cooking more. Furthermore, you’ll have more time to work on your other favorite crafts.
Ray Ko has been creating effective visual merchandising and interior design strategies for retailers for more than 20 years. Today, he is the senior ecommerce manager for shopPOPdisplays, a leading designer and manufacturer of stock and custom acrylic product.