Do you have a small kitchen with no dedicated pantry space? No worries! In this article, we’ll cover tons of clever solutions for small kitchens without pantries! Discover DIY tricks and stylish alternatives with these smart no pantry solutions!
Today, we’re tackling a common home organization conundrum faced by many homeowners: the dreaded lack of a pantry.
Now, before you start losing your cool and resorting to hiding snacks inside your mixing bowls and any free space you can find in your small kitchen, don’t worry! I’ve got your back with some clever solutions that will transform your pantry-less kitchen into a storage paradise.
We’ve lived with a couple of kitchens that didn’t have a great pantry space. So I’ve totally been there. I know the cringe you get when you scroll past a Pinterest-worthy pantry with coordinating labels and clear bins on IG. Don’t even get me started on #pantrygoals.
Let me reassure you a bit here, not having a pantry doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or organization in your small kitchen. There are tons of no pantry solutions for you!
So, whether you’re in a teeny-tiny apartment or just inherited a kitchen without a pantry, this roundup post is here to rescue you from the clutches of kitchen chaos. From clever storage solutions to stylish alternatives, we’re going to explore a variety of options that will make your small kitchen with no pantry both functional and fabulous.
Let’s jump in and check out these pantry alternatives that will have you saying, “Who needs a pantry anyway?”
This list of no pantry solutions contains affiliate links, but nothing that I wouldn’t recommend wholeheartedly. Read my full disclosure here.
Are you tired of squeezing your kitchen essentials into every nook and cranny in your small kitchen? Transforming an old cabinet from the thrift store into a spacious kitchen pantry is easier than you think. This one used to be an entertainment center, but you could probably use any sort of large cabinet of a similar size.
With a fresh set of knobs and some clever shelving and baskets inside, you'll more than double your kitchen storage. Check out the whole article for tons of extra organizing ideas!
Lauren worked for 2 months on this IKEA Hemnes hack to transform it into a pantry for her kitchen that doesn't have a lot of storage space. The time and love she poured into the DIY project was well worth it, don't you think? It turned out amazing!
The two freestanding cabinets work perfectly for organizing food items and more. Inside, the cabinets she keeps wire baskets with lanyard tag labels and lazy susans on the top shelf. In the drawers, she found the perfect size containers for grab-and-go snacks and ingredients with labels on the top of the lid.
There's even room on the bottom drawers for storing potatoes and onions and table linens (in separate drawers, of course...unless you like onion-scented linens?).
Shannon was dying for some more pantry space in their kitchen, so she added these open shelves as a makeshift pantry. She has plenty of room for storing plates and serving dishes, spices, cookbooks, meal-planning papers, flour pails, and all of the typical food storage you'd have for pantry items.
Because the shelving unit is open and right in their kitchen, there's easy access to everything. This is a great way to fix a no pantry problem if you have an open wall in your kitchen!
Emily doesn't have a dedicated pantry in her kitchen, so instead she uses her kitchen cabinets. In this article, she shares her favorite pantry organizing ideas for keeping a small pantry upper cabinet clean and tidy with clear containers.
If you have some spare cabinet space, you can totally take advantage of a traditional kitchen cabinet and use it for a panty, like this.
Jaime was desperate for some more storage and counter space in her kitchen, so we built a dedicated kitchen pantry cabinet that doubles as more countertop space. Check out the full tutorial to get her free plans!
Inside the cabinet, there's a surprising amount of space for dry goods, canned food and sauce jars, and even plates and bowls.
With the doors closed you wouldn't even guess that this cabinet is full of food storage! She put it in the corner of her kitchen, taking full advantage of some dead space that was just sitting empty before.
Carmona was dreaming about a fantasy walk-in pantry with perfectly organized baskets and food when she had an idea. Using a bookshelf in an open corner of her kitchen and it worked out great!
She was surprised by just how much extra storage the pantry shelves added to her kitchen! Along with some of the usual pantry staples, she was also able to display some pretty dishes, tins, and seasonal decorations.
It may not be a pantry, but it does a much better job than what the blank wall was previously being used for.
The kitchen is the heart of the home and this one sure feels extra homey. The small nook in this kitchen is perfect for these wood shelves. With a little creativity, Shannon created a beautiful organized pantry with baskets, bins, and clear containers galore.
Because there's no pantry door, everything is an easy reach, which is an added bonus when you're right in the middle of cooking dinner.
Kristen really turned lemons into lemonade by creating these kitchen shelves that look like a dreamy country store. Stuck with a very tiny pantry (that is really more like a cabinet than a pantry), she started brainstorming ways to improve their storage during a kitchen renovation.
Inspired by old country stores with lots of jars filled with things for sale, she recreated that feeling here in her kitchen. The large glass jars are perfect for storing for that they use often and buy in bulk - like flour, sugar, pasta, oats, and Cheerios.
She stores some more bulky items in the bottom in the large woven basket.
Gina lives in a mobile home with a kitchen that doesn't have a pantry. She found the perfect solution for her small home...Metal lockers from IKEA to store food! She also added some vinyl labels directly into the front edge of the shelves inside of the lockers to help keep things organized. This is such a great solution to hide the visual clutter!
If you're ready to buy something because you needed a functional kitchen like yesterday, take a look at this cabinet with farmhouse style.
The two double-door cabinets give you much space for organizing food and there's even a large drawer in the middle. The shelves are all easily adjustable so you can change things up once you figure out how to store things in your own pantry.
This freestanding kitchen hutch is so pretty! Inside the cabinet, there are tons of storage spaces for tableware, glassware, or food storage for your kitchen staples.
There is also a countertop that is great for holding small appliances, like a microwave, toaster, blender, or coffeemaker. This would make a huge difference in a small kitchen!
Are you feeling inspired to go try one of these ideas in your pantry-less kitchen? Remember, when life gives you a tiny kitchen without a pantry, you roll up your sleeves, put on your creative cap, and show that kitchen who’s boss!
Throughout my nine years of renovating and DIY-ing, I’ve learned that home decor is all about making the most of what you have and infusing your personal style into every nook and cranny. So don’t let the lack of a pantry bring you down. Embrace the challenge and think outside the box (or the pantry, in this case).
Whether you opt for a stylish shelving unit, a space-saving cart, or even repurposing an old entertainment center, there’s a solution out there that fits your needs and your kitchen’s vibe.
And remember, organization is your secret weapon in the battle against kitchen chaos. So label those jars, stack those containers, and bask in the glory of an organized kitchen that would make Marie Kondo proud.
Which of these pantry alternatives is your favorite?