The most relevant topic concerning the organization of kitchen space is the proper and thoroughly considered storage of stocks of food, cooking accessories, kitchen utensils, small household appliances and other things in a room that is not always impressive in size. In this case, the presence of a household pantry must be planned at the planning stage in order to make the daily use of the kitchen as comfortable as possible.
There are three main types of home pantries, one of which everyone can choose based on the characteristics of the room, furniture and the number of items.
It is a large department for storing products, kitchen accessories and small household appliances, which is a component of furniture. Among the advantages of such a pantry is its convenience in terms of the close reach of everything necessary within a small kitchen. In addition, the built-in closet is very aesthetic and does not take up too much, such valuable space.
Its design can be part of the main departments of kitchen furniture, or become a functional addition for it. For example, when purchasing furniture to order, it is possible to provide for the presence of sliding vertical sections along a niche intended for a refrigerator where containers with liquids (oil, vinegar, essences, etc.) and spices will be stored in the future.
This option is the most preferable, as it allows placing a large number of items, products, equipment and accessories in one place for further storage. It is good if a separate pantry is located next to the kitchen room, however, you should carefully consider the internal structure, taking into account the peculiarities of everything that will be stored within it.
Also, it is necessary to remember about the storage conditions of different types of products, providing for a ventilation system and choosing the right configuration of structural elements.
Variants of the internal design of storerooms
Depending on what and in what quantity will be placed in the pantry for storage, you can think up the necessary, preferred and secondary elements of its design, which significantly improve the performance characteristics of a small space.
SHELVES AND DRAWERS
Regardless of the type of pantry, shelves will be provided in it, as a primary element of the internal structure. If the pantry in your kitchen is intended only for long-term storage products, household appliances and textile accessories, then you can limit yourself to the presence of shelves and drawers that provide free access to everything you need.
SECTIONS AND REILINGS
The pantry design can be provided for several types of sections (shelves with partitions), each of which will be designed for specific products, kitchen accessories, conservation, small household appliances.
Not superfluous will be the fasteners of special metal holders - rails, on the side or rear walls of the pantry, where it is convenient to store small containers with spices, bulk products and containers with liquids in hanging containers.
BASKETS AND CONTAINERS
They are sure to be useful to you if there is a large amount of vegetables and fruits in the pantry. Thus, wicker baskets or perforated containers will provide free access to air, which is necessary for ventilating the fruit and contributes to a longer shelf life in an enclosed space.
Containers of various sizes and shapes, retractable, suspended or free-standing, will be indispensable for storing cereals, pasta, flour and sugar, nuts and tea.
The pantry has always been a construction of shelves and drawers, but if their configuration is not thought out correctly, then there will be some inconvenience with the placement of containers and objects of different sizes. In order to avoid this, consider in advance the presence of shelves of different widths, depths and heights (that is, the size of the gaps between the shelves).
- Narrow shallow shelves along the wall can be used to store small containers with preservation, spices, containers for coffee or tea.
- Shelves with somewhat large gaps in height and depth - leave for dishes, small household appliances, stocks of food packages.
- The largest (wide and deep) shelves should be designed for storing baskets of vegetables, containers of flour, cereals.
The inner surface of the pantry doors should also be used as much as possible, since they can save space for other necessary things and products within the structure itself.
The best options for the use of pantry doors will be fasteners hanging shelves for the most necessary spices, mixtures, liquids, which must always remain within reach.
How to correctly use the pantry space
It often happens that it is necessary to organize a pantry in a sufficiently small space, and at the same time, it is not always possible to think over its filling so that there is a place for everything. We suggest paying attention to the following two points, which will certainly help to organize even the smallest storeroom with maximum benefit.
DELETE IN THREE
Visually (and then, and technically) divide the space of the future storeroom into three horizontal sections, each of which will be designed for a specific group.
- For example, give the upper part of the pantry for storage of stocks of food in small packages (containers), light dishes, towels, napkins and tablecloths, cooking accessories.
- The department in the middle will be occupied by objects that you use all the time: a coffee maker, a blender, a basket of bakery products, containers of tea and coffee, sugar, and more.
- In the lower part it is better to place the most voluminous and heavy objects, such as containers with vegetables and fruits, flour, containers with liquids (oil, vinegar, alcohol).
Finally, we recommend that you systematize the filling of your pantry, in other words, distribute objects and objects according to their purpose, groups, and essentials.
So, it is not recommended to place light objects and products with heavy ones, because, having reached for packing with flakes, you can drop a metal container with preservation.
In addition, it is better not to mix products with a pronounced aroma, and for small household appliances define a separate shelf, away from containers with liquids (their contents can leak, and damage the mechanical part of the device).