A small, but well-planned pantry can accommodate an unexpectedly large number of things. To do this, you just need to adhere to a few rules. When arranging shelves, shelves and drawers, it is necessary to use every centimeter of the area, without leaving mediocre empty space.
Storage systems must be equipped for the things that will actually be there, they must be strictly systematized. Otherwise, a small space will be able to absorb a large number of things, but it will become impossible to find them.
One small pantry can go a long way in keeping your entire apartment tidy. If not, then it is better to organize. During the construction of panel houses, the so-called "Khrushchevs", such premises were immediately incorporated into the projects. Some storerooms were given about 3 square meters of usable space.
This structure was located between the hallway and the hall, it was equipped with doors from both rooms. This layout can be rebuilt by combining two rooms into one. The entrance must be made from the convenient side, using sliding doors like a wardrobe. Any storage room provided by the builders can be modernized up to the dismantling of the walls and changing the configuration of the existing room.
The next option for placing storage places can be a dead end of the corridor. It is laid with drywall. It is better to equip the door to the pantry with the same model that other rooms are equipped with.
The niche option is extremely simple, you should organize sliding doors and equip the resulting space with racks and shelves.
Sometimes a small, unimportant room is given for storage places. This option allows you to embody many ideas. For example, combine it with the workplace or make a different-themed change house, up to the storage of bicycles and skateboards. In such a room, in addition to racks, you can install a simulator.
In a very small apartment, the mezzanine, organized above the door, can become a way out of the situation. It is not as convenient to use them as a full-fledged pantry, but they perform their storage function in good faith.
In some cases, part of the room is given under the pantry. If it is narrow and long, the dead end is fenced off. The footage will depend on the capabilities of the room, it is important that the design does not damage the interior.
In a large square room, a corner is fenced off using drywall. Such a structure can be in the shape of a triangle or look like a rectangular box. The oval wall of the pantry looks nicer.
If the apartment has a place for a wardrobe, it should be deepened or expanded, depending on the capabilities of the room. Pantry can be organized right in the closet. Sometimes balconies or loggias are equipped for storage rooms.
In private houses, precious space is empty under the stairs, which can be equipped for storing things. As you go up the steps, from small boxes to a mop, a stepladder, a heater and a vacuum cleaner can be placed in this place. In any apartment, if you search, you can find a useful area for storing things.
Storage rooms are different for their purpose, and before equipping, it is necessary to decide for what purposes to use them. It would be wrong to store food and household chemicals or clothing and work tools in one place:
Wardrobe… A pantry that was equipped in a living room or hallway can be converted into a clothing store. Even a small dressing room will be more spacious than a wardrobe. All-season things for the whole family are kept in it, having allocated to each of its members certain shelves and hangers. At the bottom of the pantry, boxes for shoes are equipped
In addition to clothes, the dressing room may contain bed linen, towels, pillows, blankets and an ironing board. Such a room will relieve the interior of a bedroom or hall from several bulky wardrobes.
Organization of children's things. If the children's room is large, there is a storage room in it. This can be an open storage system or a large built-in closet. A tiny room next to the nursery will also be a good option for system storage. Clothes or toys that are often used by the child are placed in the access area. Out-of-season items can be placed on the upper shelves. With the help of the pantry, the children's room will be freed from unnecessary furniture, and there will be free space for games and studies
Pantry in the kitchen… Any kitchen is oversaturated with things. In addition to all kinds of dishes, you need to store cereals, preserves, vegetables, spices and just empty jars somewhere. The kitchen has a lot of small appliances that help with everyday life and needs special storage shelves. The pantry can be built into a niche or be an open type structure, in which every thing is easily accessible, but you have to maintain perfect order, because everything is in plain sight. To accommodate thousands of kitchen little things and not forget where what item is, you need to furnish the room with many drawers, shelves, baskets for vegetables
For comfortable storage of vegetables in the pantry, there must be ventilation. Cereals must be kept in tightly closed jars to prevent the entry of pests. It is better to store canned food on the lower shelves, it is cooler there.
Laundry… In "Khrushchevs" it is impossible to put a washing machine in the bathroom. To find a place for her, they combine the room with a bathroom or acquire a smaller bathroom and unfold it to another wall. Whoever has a storage closet near the sink converts it into a laundry room. A small room can be planned to accommodate a dishwasher and cleaning supplies (bucket, mop, vacuum cleaner). Doors are decorated with narrow shelves for household chemicals. The mop is fixed to a wall or door. Fabric pockets for brushes, gloves and other trifles are hung on empty spaces
Workshop. In small apartments, it is difficult to find a corner for work tools. If there is a pantry, then it can be equipped not only with racks, shelves and drawers, but also a work table with various devices can be placed there. Women set up a sewing machine, and the shelves are occupied by threads and fabrics
Office… If the apartment does not have a place to work, it can be organized in the closet. The room for this purpose should be arranged like a home: laminate flooring, wallpaper, and so on. Ventilation and good lighting are also needed
A small workplace with a chair and a table top can be surrounded by shelves for folders and computer equipment, drawers for office trifles. In such a room, you can safely work, even if there are children in the house.
Lighting and ventilation
It doesn't matter what will be stored in the pantry - clothes or vegetables, lack of ventilation, high humidity will eventually destroy all its contents. In such a room, a favorable microclimate will be created for the appearance of fungus and colonies of bacteria that will ruin walls, furniture and things. In addition to ventilation, thoughtful lighting is needed in the pantry.
Small storage facilities are well-stocked; finding the right thing in them is more difficult than in a spacious room.Luminaires should be positioned so that all drawers and shelves fall within the lighting area.
The simplest ventilation option is ventilation with a window, removal of stagnant air masses due to natural draft. Air circulation takes place as follows: fresh streams will enter when the windows are opened for ventilation or through micro slots in the frame (for plastic bags, a window ventilator is needed). The exhaust air will move through the apartment towards the hood. This room should not be sealed in order to ensure the unimpeded movement of air masses.
If there is no window, then when equipping the pantry, it is necessary to create an exhaust channel. Air intake will take place through the valves on the wall, and removal - through the hood in one of the rooms. An overflow valve can be installed to remove waste air masses on the opposite wall from the incoming flows. To install the valves, the pantry must have a wall adjacent to the street.
Sometimes the pantry is located in a place where it is impossible to organize the natural movement of air, and the smell and fungus begin to annoy. In this case it is necessary to equip the room with forced ventilation. If at the stage of building a house it was not laid down, it should be organized by ourselves. To do this, a wall breaks through to the side of the street, a piece of plastic pipe is mounted, inside which a fan of the required power is installed. From the street, the hole is covered with a decorative lattice.
For the outflow of exhaust air, it is possible to conduct an exhaust duct from the general ventilation system of the house into the pantry and install a fan at its opening. And for the inflow of air masses, arrange wall valves.
It is ineffective to illuminate a pantry without windows with one central chandelier: the shadow from the shelves will not make it possible to fully use the storage system. In this case, zoning of small areas will solve the problem. The easiest option is to equip the lower parts of the shelves or the wall with LED strips.… Installation is not difficult, but the benefits are tangible: cold white light will help you to see every little thing, you don't even need to take out the boxes from the closet.
If the pantry serves as a laundry, workshop or office, you cannot do without an overhead light. Only bright lighting will help to turn on the washing machine, sort the laundry, use the workbench in the workshop or the work table in the office. The LED solution also works as central lighting. The efficiency and durability of LED lamps speaks in its favor.
In addition, LEDs do not generate heat and will not cause a fire, even if you forget to turn them off. In a cramped, stocked space, they can burn for hours.
An economical solution would be to place a single height-adjustable lamp in the closet. The lighting can be mechanically directed to the required shelves. If you do not have the time and desire to engage in the installation of fixtures and wiring, you can use wireless bulbs.
LED lights consume little energy. Given the variable need for closet lighting, these lamps will last a long time. Any of the suggested options are practical, economical and viable.
The only pantry in the house involves the storage of diverse things, of course, not in the radical sense of the word, no one will store products with household chemicals, but it is quite possible to place a vacuum cleaner in a room with conservation or put an ironing board in a workshop.
In order for a small pantry to be able to accommodate as many things as possible, you need to decide what will be there, then make a list of storage systems and a plan for their location in space. It is better to make a specific drawing of all drawers, racks, hooks and shelves.Don't forget to mention the ventilation and lighting systems.
Plan and describe in detail the finishing materials, fillers for storing things, how the entrance, ceiling and walls will look like. Such scrupulousness will help to calculate the financial part of the project even before the beginning of the improvement of the storage room.
The arrangement of the pantry can be done by hand, you should start with the repair. Before finishing work, they organize a ventilation system and lay electrical wiring, supply sockets, a switch, treat all surfaces with antifungal and antibacterial compounds. The walls, floor and ceiling are carefully leveled, otherwise the entire storage system will be installed with distortions.
For this, the walls and ceiling must be finished with plaster or drywall. Any decorative finish can be chosen: wallpaper, painting, panels, etc.
The floor is leveled with a cement or self-leveling screed. The floor can be finished with linoleum, laminate or other materials. But it should be remembered that the coating occurs after the screed has completely dried, that is, after a few weeks. If the floor is level enough, the screed is not necessary.
Renovation of the pantry, which is located in the living room, should be carried out using conventional building materials for living quarters, especially if it is an office pantry. Eco-friendly, breathable finishing is always a priority. In the utility rooms, you can use tiles or plastic.
You shouldn't pay too much attention to color, but light colors look more fun.
Filling with storage systems
The pantry is decorated with shelves and drawers after the finishing materials are completely dry. All fillers can be purchased in specialty stores: from net boxes and rods for hangers to shelving of all sizes. But it should be remembered: for arranging a small pantry, it is important to use every centimeter of usable area.
It would be wise to give up shelving, they are difficult to match to specific walls. It is more organic to fill the pantry with shelves of different sizes, which are attached to the walls with the help of corners and shelf holders. When installing long structures, chrome-plated pipes are used. The shelves themselves can be made of laminated chipboard. In hardware stores, you can make a computer simulation of the sheet and order its precise sawing.
The design of the structures that make up the storage system can be U-shaped, when the shelves go from the entrance to the entrance, in fact, in a circle or L-shaped, when the filling with shelves takes up two walls. Chests of drawers, tables, mirrors are built into some pantries.
The storage room can also be decorated with drawers, a clothes bar, a pantograph, hooks, fabric pockets for small items and other elements.
There are many ways to close the entrance to the pantry, the most budgetary of which is to decorate with an ordinary screen to match the windows and play up as a design idea. If the pantry is located in the corridor, from where the doors lead to different rooms, it should also have the same canvas. Most often, sliding structures, folding or swinging, are used, the main thing is that the design of the room in which they are located is not disturbed.
A small pantry for storing dishes and food is located in the kitchen. The filling of the shelves is organized to the very ceiling.
Men's wardrobe with built-in chest of drawers. Excellent execution of the interior under a tree, the room is equipped with a mirror and several types of lamps.
Conveniently organized storage space under the stairs.
An example of arranging a pantry in a loggia.
Pantry in the little princess's room.
U-shaped storage system.
Cozyly organized workplace in a small closet.
The pantry is a great opportunity to organize the storage of many things and keep the house tidy. But from time to time it is necessary to get rid of everything superfluous without regret, even a spacious pantry will not save you from eternal accumulation.
For an overview of the design of a small pantry in an apartment, see the following video.