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5 Simple Steps to Pantry Perfection

Make sure you cover these basics to maximise your larder space
   Amanda Peters  |  written on: 06-01-2022 10:00am

A well-organised larder can be your best companion in the kitchen. So, it's no surprise that the pantry has made a comeback. After you figure out the room's traffic flow and the configuration of your kitchen, here are the basics you need to cover to achieve pantry perfection!

1. Stay organised
Having a larder is great. It's even better when you don't have to rummage too hard (or long) just to find that can of beans. Keep things organised with plenty of baskets, jars and wire racks. It's also a good idea to put your go-to items, like pasta, cereal and other staples, at eye-level.

Tip: Label your jars and containers to save time guessing if that white powder is flour or corn starch.

2. Lighting
Is your larder a windowless spare room? If so, then lighting can be an issue. Make sure you can always see the contents by installing LED lighting, or a skylight if you're in a single-level house.

Tip: As the pantry could be pitch black, keep the light switch accessible near the door.

3. Custom cabinetry
Depending on your needs, tailor-make your larder to fit in open shelves, drawers, an extra worktop or even a wine rack.

4. Take advantage of the height
You can never have too much storage space. If you don't have a spare room for a larder, go vertical instead with a floor-to-ceiling cabinet. For easier access, install drawers instead of just shelves, and set up racks on the shutters to maximise storage.

5. Use a ladder for the top shelf
Not all of us can be seven feet tall, which makes having a floor-to-celing pantry a problem if you can't access the top shelves. An easy fix is having a step stool, or if you have a bit more room and want to style up your pantry, a library ladder!

Credit: Hayburn & Co. from Pinterest

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KBB Ark Web Editor. I've been writing for design magazines for a few years now and like nothing more than ‘exploring’ other people's homes (with their permission, of course).

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