White elfa Walk-In Pantry
Elfa pantry improves how we use our whole house
We just installed our custom walk-in pantry, and we're very happy with the results. We went with the ventilated shelves, 16" depth on one wall and 12" depth on the smaller wall. The design creators have done great work for us. I'm very impressed by the product and service.
The pantry holds more now than it used to - we brought items from another closet to a space closer to the kitchen. We remembered to include a place for the vacuum, the step ladder/stool, and kids' coats (so they can hang the coats themselves). There are some fun accessories (hooks, trays) that make the space even more functional and are also kinda fun.
We have a couple items that were damaged in shipping and some cuts that were imperfect on custom length items. The Container Store stands by their products and service, and it was easy to remedy the problem. Kudos to the employees at Container Store and the policies that make it easy to fix problems.
We went ahead and purchased some other Elfa once we saw how much we liked this pantry solution. I love that the ventilated shelving lets some light through and the translucent liners keep even small things from tipping over.
It may seem a little contradictory to say that these are a little pricey. They are a little bit expensive, but they are still a good value. I feel like they increase the value and usability of more than just the pantry. We are able to store a lot more in our pantry, and it's all easily accessible now that we have it so organized.
March 3, 2014
Wonderful Pantry Makeover
I purchased Elfa shelving and hanging baskets to makeover my tired 35-year-old walk-in pantry. I am so thrilled with the results! Things are easier to find and I feel like my storage area has doubled. I added the Elfa closet bar on the ventilated bracket to hang my table linens. Love it!
April 25, 2014
Tidy, scaleable, versatile - what a relief!
TRULY OUR HOME'S WORKHORSE!
We live in a 1930's cottage, and we love it! The kitchen, however, is quite small and utilitarian (consistent with the era) with only a few cabinets. There is a small 4.5' x 8.0' walk-in breakfast room off to the side of the kitchen which we used as a pantry. However, it only had a few wooden, built-in shelves that were inefficient. We really needed that room to work a little harder.
After much research, obsessing, and a long courtship of shopping images at containerstore.com, we decided to ELFATIZE the space. We were expecting our first (of three children) and knew that space would be a much more expensive commodity in the coming years.
In 2007, we purchased a custom planned elfa solution that wrapped three of the four walls of our awkwardly shaped pantry area, and tried to keep it basic so that we could add on to it in the coming years. We could not be happier. On a good day there is NOTHING on our countertops, and everything has a home in the pantry. We store pots, pans, casserole dishes, china, bakeware, children's plates/cups, baby bottles, food, drinks, batteries, power cords, cleaning supplies, recycling, trash cans, pet food, boxes of pictures, wrapping paper, the kids' art (I could go on forever).
We now have three toddlers, and chaos is a given - but when I walk into the kitchen and the counter is clear, and I look in the pantry... I just feel a sense of calm. Often I stand and look and try to figure out ways to make it better! I think to myself, "I wonder what else I can put in there?"
The ventilated shelving wasn't a style issue for us, rather a necessity. I am not a good housekeeper, and traditional wood shelves would have required significant cleaning, dusting, and maintenance. That really isn't practical for me. I probably wouldn't have done it anyway, but with the ventilated shelving, the miscellaneous "shelf gravy" just falls to the floor - which is a much more practical issue to have.
I can't wait to see how this solution continues to evolve into a cleaner, even more organized space with products from the Container Store. Although I don't think our pantry will ever look the way the well-merchandised pantries do on the site, I feel like it truly is a work of art that is everchanging. And for now, until I have the time to further ELFATIZE the pantry, and other areas of our home, I will just continue to walk into the pantry for a moment of peace as I consider the possibilities!
February 1, 2011
Best Wall of my House!
My "pantry" is one wall of my kitchen where I wanted both a counter top for the coffee maker, and shelving. Please check out the photos, I am so proud of my wall!
I measured my surface, did some surfing, and went to consult with a Container Store rep at the store. They are so great, let me arrange my wall with what I needed under $500 (which was my goal--and it was the Elfa Sale). I had no problems putting it up all by myself--and my husband came home from work and said "Wow!" Great experience, and I LOVE it! Everything is organized, accessible and quick to get!
February 15, 2012