Use a Pegboard as a Pantry

published Mar 27, 2017
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Not all of us have kitchens with pantries. Sure, it’d be nice and it’s a total #goal, but sometimes square footage has to be saved for things like refrigerators. And ovens. The good news? If you have a wall, you can have a pantry! It’s true! Just look at this makeshift pantry above and steal some of these ideas for your kitchen, er, wall.

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3 Tips for Turning a Pegboard into a Pantry

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1. Get creative with baskets.

Just like a real pantry with doors and shelves, baskets are going to be your best friend here. Use a bunch in random sizes to hold shelf-stable items (like pasta, seltzer, and spices) and add visual interest to your pegboard.

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2. Use file holders.

File holders are obviously great for holding files (file that under “duh”). They’re also good for holding cutting boards and more shelf-stable foods. We used wire ones, which happened to be the exact size of our favorite cutting board, and hung two as mirror images to create a fun triangle shape. The point? Look beyond the typical pantry organizers. After all, this is not your typical pantry.

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3. Add a shelf.

Shelves are always important items in a pantry and you can still have one, even though yours is more wall decoration than walk-in closet. Use two 10-inch pegboard hooks to hang a shelf along the bottom of your pegboard. (Pick up some wood at your local hardware store and have them cut it down to size before you paint it.) This shelf can hold Mason jars, cans, bowls, and other things that won’t fit in your various baskets.

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There’s nothing a pegboard can’t do. A pegboard as a spice rack? Easy! A pegboard as a coffee station? Adorable! The possibilities are endless. Follow along in our new mini series to see a pegboard used eight different ways. Up next: A pegboard as a pantry.

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