Pinch me! I have a pantry!
Our home renovation project is cruising right along! Last Friday, two installers spent the entire day at my house installing the shelving in my pantry, a storage closet, and two bedroom closets. The storage closet and bedroom closets were pretty basic – I need room to hang stuff and some shelves. Please and thank you. The pantry was a whole different story.
When I first met with a closet company to design the pantry space, it included nothing but shelves. A small room full of shelves. Blah. What’s the fun of that? I spent a few hours (ahem, nights!) on Pinterest and Houzz (Have you checked out Houzz? It’s like Pinterest but just for houses and renovation projects!), desperately looking for pantry ideas. I made a list of my pantry essentials and looked into other pantry shelving options.
There are a few closet installing companies here in Charlotte. My husband had a Saturday free from work so we decided to check them out. Guess what? They are all closed on the weekends. Hmmm… My first thought on that is only people who can afford to not work during the week can afford those closet systems. California Closets, for example. I guess that inadvertently helped us narrow down our choices significantly.
We settled on only comparing Elfa shelving from the Container Store and Closetmaid installed by a local closet company. For Elfa, I brought our measurements to the Container Store, told the designer what I was trying to accomplish, and she agreed to work on it and send me a couple of ideas. We have used Elfa for two other closets and absolutely loved the design process and how they turned out but the space of our pantry isn’t as straightforward. For the Closetmaid system, a local closet installer came to our house, took measurements, and drew up a plan.
In the end, the look of Closetmaid was more of what we were looking for in our new pantry space. For my husband, the deal breaker was learning that Elfa shelving doesn’t “turn the corner.” He really wanted curved shelving in the corners and I have to agree with him that the smooth, curved edges of the Closetmaid shelving look gorgeous!
After much “research,” my specific requests included the following …
* Baskets for potatoes and onions.
* My husband wanted at least a few drawers – we went with two small and two large drawers.
* A floor to ceiling space dedicated to cookbooks. I love looking up specific recipes on my iPad but I am still a cookbook girl and love perusing through cookbooks new and old.
* Vertical shelving to help sort my cookie pans, racks, and cutting boards.
* Racks for wine bottles and hangers for wine glasses.
* I contemplated putting in a pants rack for hanging table linens but, in the end, I dropped that from the plan to give myself more shelf space.
Now all I need to do is get it organized and get my kitchen gear out of boxes and put away! I’m on the hunt for ways to get all this space functional… throw me your best ideas and gear for pantry organization!