Checking out Pinterest, Facebook and other social networking sites will show that the concept of stocking up on food is catching on in a big way. Families are trying to make sure that even in the toughest of times, there is always food in the house. The issue that some families are having is space. Just look to any couponing show in the world of reality television and you will see families who have stacked shelves full of food, toiletries and household items throughout the home due to lack of space and organization. The answer for many has been to create pantries, build onto existing pantries or remodel existing pantries to fit their supply needs. If you are looking for a way to combat a small pantry space or to organize a larger pantry area, here are a few pantry remodeling ideas to get you started.
Organize an Existing Pantry
The cheapest and quickest solution to no pantry space is to reorganize the pantry that you currently have. Even the smallest of pantries can be organized to hold more if you know the tricks of the trade. One way to increase the amount of storage in a pantry is to add special shelving units or additions. The most common are canned goods dispensers. These dispensers will fit on most shelves and can hold twice to three times as many cans as the standard pantry shelf. There are also dispensers for soda and other canned items as well. You can also purchase special revolving shelves that can fit into pre-existing pantries. This shelves are made to hold everything from boxed goods to abnormally shaped bottles. Packs of biscuit mix and other pouch style items can be kept in shoe style door hangers for ease of use.
Additional Space to Existing Pantries
Existing pantries may be located in an area near an open space or wall. Consider opening up and expanding an existing pantry to fit your needs. This expansion may require something as simple as knocking out a wall or expanding into another room. It is not as easy of a project as a reorganization would be, but if you have a large family and need more space, it is a weekend remodeling project that can prove extremely beneficial in fitting your pantry needs.
Converting a Room
A much larger scale project for pantry remodeling is to convert a room into a large pantry and storage area. Areas that work well for this project are basements or outdoor climate controlled sheds and buildings. These areas can be converted to be organizationally stable as well as large enough to handle year supplies of food. If you have a garden and plan on storing food through winter months, the project can also create an adjacent root cellar to store foods that do not hold up as well to canning.
Stocking up on food can be a worthwhile endeavor for families preparing for weather, financial or career related emergencies. These pantry remodeling ideas can be combined or tweaked to work with the family’s needs and help create the perfect pantry environment and storage option year round.