Closet-pantry conversion? Yes, it’s possible. And yes, it will provide much needed function. Plus, it will likely add to the overall appeal of the house, should selling become a reality in the future. Moreover, it gives you the option to convert it back, if necessary, with minimal time and effort.
Closet-Pantry Conversion Benefits
The goal is to have an empty space to work with so you can easily convert the closet to a pantry to store non-perishables, cookware, and more. So, you’ll need to relocate whatever is stored in the closet space, storing it in another closet, attic, or basement. This is a good time to declutter and jettison items you don’t use or no longer want to keep in your home.
A family’s kitchen had a broom closet that was converted to a food pantry. Not a bad idea, but, because the shelves were extremely deep, finding and retrieving items from the rear became difficult, if not impossible. The solution is to build a simple box cabinet that slips inside the existing closet. The interior of the cabinet is fitted with standard full-extension drawer glides to which shelving modules are attached. When the shelving units are pulled out, they allow the contents to be fully visible from both sides and from the front to the back … converting the entire interior into convenient, accessible storage. —Ron Hazelton.com
The benefits of a closet-pantry conversion is having a place to store key items in a nearby space for the kitchen. It makes sense if you already have enough closet space elsewhere. Particularly if you need extra storage space for the kitchen and there’s no dedicated pantry.
Ellicott City Closet-Pantry Conversion Hack
When it comes to doing a closet-pantry conversion, you’ve got to let go of the storage space for its original intent. In other words, envision a pantry, not a closet. Here’s a helpful closet-pantry conversion hacks you can use:
- Take out the rods and rails. In most closets, there are rods and rails from which to hang clothing. Since you’re going to repurpose the space and use it as a pantry, you won’t need the rods and rails. Take them out and consider using them somewhere else.
- Install adequate lighting. If the closet is not equipped with a light, do yourself a big favor and install a light. You’ll need this light because the space isn’t located in the kitchen, where the ceiling lights illuminate every surface and corner.
- Put in plenty of shelving. Follow the lighting installation with some shelves to transform it into a pantry space. Use a system that allows for height customization for best results.
- Hang a suitable door. Okay, there’s already a door hung over the closet. But, it’s not a pantry door. And, this will create confusion. So, do yourself a favor an install a suitable pantry door.
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