Our Most-Pinned Pantry of All Time Is Under the Stairs

updated Jun 4, 2019
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No, it doesn’t have perfectly styled glass and ceramic canisters — or fun wallpaper, or wacky storage solutions, or everything neat and tidy in a totally unrealistic way. So what makes this pantry our most-pinned pantry of all time? Its brilliant use of space: It’s tucked under a stairwell!

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This sort of space, which I’ve seen used for coat closets or just random storage, is a little tricky. It’s barely tall enough for a person of medium height, and you have to be careful of the downslope when you’re inside. But it can be used to create the walk-in pantry of any homeowner’s dreams.

On one hand, it’s a quirky Harry Potter-esque hideaway. On the other, it’s a totally inspirational use of space for those of us who don’t have a basement. (If you have a basement, those stairs are usually under the steps that lead to the second floor, making this an impossible option. Even still, it’s fun to lust after this pantry, right?)

See the rest of the space: Shawna’s Glamorous Custom Kitchen

(Image credit: Shawna’s Glamorous Custom Kitchen, photographed by Gina Bianciello for The Kitchn)

And I think we can all appreciate the fact that this pantry isn’t over-styled. It’s organized just enough so that homeowner Shawna Mullarkey and her family can find everything they need without much fuss — and without going to the everything-matches, custom-labels place.

I personally love the vintage-looking pull-out cart she uses for additional storage — it’s easy to move around in the small pantry, and holds all her baking stuff, so she can pull it right up to the island when she wants to make cookies. Plus, it’s got personality! Even though it’s custom-made, it feels like a heritage piece.

Do you love this charming pantry as much as our other readers do? Would you pin it on Pinterest?