Welcome to my pantry. Or should I say, to what used to be a pantry?
This dingy little room is right at the bottom of the stairs in the basement. On the original plans it’s marked out as a pantry but there weren’t any shelves or anything in there. A blank canvas.
Right from the start when we moved into the house I decided I was going to fit everything which used to be in the kitchen, the dining room cabinet and the pantry in the old house into the kitchen in the new house. Martin got his stuff and then I pared mine down so now it all does fit into those kitchen cabinets. Hence no need for a separate pantry in the basement.
Regardless of what I was going to use the space for I needed some sort of storage units though. In the past I’ve gone for cheap IKEA stuff but somehow they always discontinue the stuff you have when you need to add to it so this time I decided to get proper Elfa storage. It’s more expensive but I know I’ll be able to add to it until the day I die.
After a coat or two of wall and floor paint what I love about this particular Elfa system is that all you need to drill and screw into the wall is a horizontal bracket.
None of the sizes available were perfect for the size of my tiny room so I used a metal blade on my jig saw to cut the brackets.
Once you have your horizontal up you hang the verticals off it. SO SIMPLE!
Here’s the vertical with the notches. See those notches at the top of the horizontal? That’s where you insert the vertical and slide it to where you want it…
…. so it looks like this.
Then you just hang all the shelf brackets and shelves off the verticals. Could it be more simple? And if you’re wondering about me gushing over Elfa, no, I’ve not been sponsored by them. I’ve bought and carried it all with my own little hands. It took me three trips to the store on foot and one by bike.
And this is what I store in there, in the former pantry. Pillows, blankets, pet carriers and bulk bag of cat food on one side. And my trolleys. I know I look like an old lady pulling one of these behind me but that’s how I get my groceries and how I got the bulk part of the Elfa system home from the store. You CAN call me a bag lady if you wish.
This is the other side. Winter coats, hats (yes that IS a sombrero), more blankets and miscellaneous stuff like shoe blocks and extra bags in those rolling bins at the bottom.
I don’t think Elfa is the prettiest of storage but boy is it practical!