There are no standards, with the size pretty much depending on the preference of the homeowner. A pantry measuring 5 1/2' wide and 15' long is regarded by some designers as one of the most practical.
Using this pantry figure, you can have an 11 1/2"-deep shelving by three of the walls. For easy access to the sprouting seeds, spices and flavorings you can set up a 4 1/2" shelving too. Other measurements can be used of course. The important thing is that you design the pantry based on your needs.
Whatever the pantry dimensions you use, it helps to have an organizer. This will allow you to find the food you need easily. You can use pantry drawers, bins and baskets for this task. The idea is to divide the pantry into smaller parts for the various food items.
Be Aware of Your Cooking Needs
Stock the pantry with the food you cook and eat frequently. For instance, if you cook fresh food often, don’t waste too much space on non-perishables. The size of the pantry will also depend on the food you eat.
Get a bigger pantry if you buy lots of prepared food or purchase in bulk. While walk-in pantries are popular, the pantry dimensions mean it takes up more space than others. A shallow pantry is preferred by some because food can be seen easily. With deep pantries, some food items can be concealed, making searching difficult.
How to Arrange the Pantry
Throw away every food item that has expired or spoiled. If there is a lot of food in the pantry, perform this task every couple of months. This way you can reclaim space. If the pantry is lacking in shelves, purchase new ones.
You can use wall mounted organizers to clear up the place. Use the shelves to store spices, canned food etc. Arrange the food items by their type. This will make it easier to find items.
Place dry goods like sugar and flour in canisters. Put a label on the canisters so you know what’s inside them. The bins can be used for storing dried fruits, bouillon and teabags. Get a rack and put all the bottles of soy sauce, vinegar, olive oil and similar stuff in it.
Set aside another shelf and put all the canned veggies there. Prepare another shelf and put the lentils, rice and pasta there. When arranging the food, place the old ones in front so they are consumed first.
Put labels on the shelves (“snacks”: “spices”, “flour” and sugar” etc). This will prevent the items from getting bundled together.
A well organized pantry will make it easier to prepare meals. It will also help you see which food items have to be bought. By arranging the items properly, you’ll be able to use it more efficiently no matter what the pantry dimensions are.