Friday, August 7, 2015

How I Set up my Pantry with the IKEA Algot System

Ever since I moved into my own little house one year ago, there was one thing that I kept pushing back, and that was my pantry. The construction of the house took some time, and I even took my sweet time with the kitchen and finally the whole house was decorated. But the pantry was an empty room, by the kitchen waiting for some attention.

I just didn't know how to set up the pantry. I looked online for ideas, and sure there are plenty, but I had to work with a limited amount of space, so things had to be just right. I guess I'm one of those people that will rather wait until something perfect comes along, instead of setting up anything only for the sake of it being there. After all, it is food storage we're talking about, and things need to be taken seriously! :)


So a month ago I was browsing the latest IKEA Catalog and I saw their Algot system for storage. They had it for a long time, but it just noticed it then.The recent trip to Zagreb, was planned right then and there, since the closest IKEA for me is in Zagreb, Croatia. The system is based on many parts and you have various set-ups (you can take a look here, for some ideas). Selma and I set it up which took us a good 3-4 hours. We had to be sure that everything was level and the distances were measured out correctly. So yes, there was some work behind it.

Left: Beni in the empty Pantry; Right Up: Selma is drilling one of the 32 holes needed to fix the upright to the wall; Right Down: Beni is inspecting the shelves (he helps as much as he can people)

After everything was set up, I finally moved the groceries and utensils I had in various cupboards to the shelves of the pantry, and I want to show you in the next couple of images what the result looks like.



Image above: I bought these two plastic containers very cheaply and I use one for Beni's food, and the other for baking goods, like puddings, nuts, chocolate and so on. Image below: the IKEA Hütten wooden shelves set up a spot for nine bottles. I use it for sparkling water and iced tea right now.



Image above: The system has a pull out basket, that I use for food in bags and smaller items. I find it very useful. Image below: The glass containers are from IKEA as well and I use them for storing pasta, rice, powdered sugar, baking powder and so on, and I can refill them as I use them up.



Here is a final shot of the whole system. I have some empty spaces, even after I moved everything I had, but I'm sure I'll find a way to fill up the rest. It's modest, I know, but it really works for me now, and it has quickly become the favorite new spot in the house. :)


How is your Pantry set up? Do you have any tips for me and others?
Please let me know in the comments below.

Also if you haven't seen it already, I started an all new photo meme on my blog called "Through My Lens". You can still link up throughout this week. The first edition of the meme is up here.

42 comments:

  1. I don't have a pantry. I have set some kitchen cupboards set aside for dry food. Tins usually go in the fridge where I live now, not because they need to but I make better use of storage space that way.

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    1. That's how I did it before I set this up.

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  2. Beautiful, nice pictures, yes you are right, a project must take time to think about it and prepare quietly until we think it is ready to be implemented!
    Everything is easily accessible and is very well
    I have a cupboard and shelves just like you used me Pantry.
    Bravo for this Mersad system- Have a nice day- Cath.

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  3. Forgot to say your pantry looks very neat! :)

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  6. My dream pantry. Organized, neat, clean. :)

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  7. Love the use of the drawer there. Got to love IKEA.

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  8. It's lovely having all the things together in one place. I have cupboards that came with the house and all are filled the way I like them. Like you, I'm a very organised sort of person and need to know where things are when I want them.

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  9. Hello Mersad, I do not have a pantry, I wish I did! I do love the look of your new Ikea set-up. It looks very neat and tidy! The basket drawer is a great idea. Thanks for sharing, have a happy weekend!

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  10. Ist praktisch, schaut sehr schön ordentlich aus und der Hund mit dem Schraubenzieher ist der Knaller Foto. :-)
    Liebe Grüße

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  11. Please come over and do my kitchen! Tom The Backroads Traveller

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  12. How I would love to have a pantry like yours. What a great job you've made of it. Well done! Jazzy Jack

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  13. Fantastic job, Mersad (and Selma as well)!
    Love how Beni has become a real pro, always at the ready to strike the perfect pose.
    I'd say, it's time for some R & R for all three of you!
    Wishing you a great weekend,
    Merisi

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  14. What a marvelous piece of work...very near a 'work of art'!!

    Come do mine now? [kidding]

    By the way, I just left a comment on your new meme post. I have a question...which day of the week will there be a new linking tool...a new photo day? I'm gonna go add the text now, to my blog.

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  15. Your home is perfect, your kitchen is perfect and now your pantry is perfect. I like that pull out basket, and did you tell Beni it is bad luck to sit under the ladder? I really like the photos of the jars.. so now what will you put in the places you had these things stored?

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  16. I really needed to see this post! I'm doing some reorganization things in the future and I can look and look and look at photos of shelves on websites, but it's not the same as seeing how someone put it all together. Thanks so much for this awesome post!

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  17. Wow - that is great! I wish I had a separate pantry, but all I have in my kitchen is one extra large cupboard. And it's always a mess!

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  18. A work of art it is indeed!!! I wish I had one and I do miss the one that I had when I lived in Seattle even though it wasn't this great!! Terrific photos as always, Mersad!! And thanks for sharing, too!! Hope you have a great weekend!!

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  19. All of the thought that went into your pantry certainly paid off. You have a beautiful and well organized place for all your goods that you need in preparing all those delicious dishes you create.
    I have to say Benji steals the show; he is just so gorgeous......

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    1. He always steals the show. When the room was empty he didn't show that much interest in it. Now that it's full he's there often. He knows that that's where his treats are :)

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  20. You certainly are organized, Mersad, and that's a very good thing! It looks GREAT!

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  21. Hi Mersad, Gotta love your hubby, he obviously helps keep it organized. Mine, not so much, well, really not at all. For Bill, if there is a space somewhere on a shelf he fills it with whatever is in his hands. Space is spacce to him - organization - organizmation to him. I try :-)

    With a smile from carlyn in South Tampa, Fl :-)

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  22. I've been thinking about pantry organization for my new home when I return to Phoenix. This has many good ideas. I love the overall look of your kitchen. I like white cabinets as opposed to wood tones and I'm hoping I'll be able to have an all-white kitchen when I move. Thanks, Mersad!

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    1. For me, that's the perfect way to do the kitchen. White wood and a black stone surface. It's timeless and works for any type of room.

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  23. I am so jealous! Our nearest IKEA is 8 hours away, which means we have nothing in our house from there, and there is so much that we could use! Including our pantry. We actually need to figure out a pantry situation...there is plenty of shelving in our garage, but my husband doesn't want to put groceries in the garage. *sigh*

    You've got a great kitchen and pantry - thank you for sharing it with us for Photo Friday!

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  24. What a wonderful set up pantry and great shots to show it off. I don't have a pantry but a lot of cupboards so storage in my kitchen is not a problem. Have a lovely weekend.

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  25. Hi me again, Just to let you know that next Monday, I am scheduling my post in with that link you gave me just to see how that works. I can link myself in.

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  26. I operate similarly.. I like to wait til I find what's just right!
    I also have big appreciate for deisgn / aesthetic quality equaling function. This is a great pantry, Mersad!

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  27. Looks fantastic! I'll be you just want to be in there all the time!

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  28. Good old IKEA! I had a friend who went in there one time. We haven't seen her since. ;)

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  29. You are totally organized!

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  30. It's a lovely pantry now. I love how neat it is.

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  31. I do not have a pantry in my small bungalow so I use the cupboards, but many are unreachable for me so I use a grabber to get the items. Something must be done but I am waiting for inspiration as to where a pantry can be added.

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  32. Everything is so nice and neat. I love your stove top that matches the counters.

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  33. You are hired, Mersad :)
    Very nicely organized.
    Have a Great Week!
    Peace :)

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  34. I admire the careful thought and meticulous work you put into this pantry. I do not have a pantry, and if I did, i suspect it wouldn't be half as well organized as yours :) I love that adorable Beni was included in your post. He and Thelma seem to be great helpers :)

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  35. What a great pantry! Well done. Beni and Thelma are wonderful helpers. !! Happy Monday!

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  36. Mersad, It is wonderful to have something that works for you. Ikea is my favorite home furnishings and decorating place. My store close! Great job and thanks for sharing. Sylvia D.

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  37. You are fortunate to have a walk in pantry, mine is a set of two cupboards that are fairly well organized by utilizing plastic containers for storage. My favourite is the baking cupboard where everything is easily accessible. I like the storage containers with the four flaps that snap down as the ones with a lid to flip off have become harder for my hands to manage.
    Thanks for sharing your new pantry for Mosaic Monday.

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  38. I love Beni...I think I will get along really well with her :)

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  39. You are quite a good planner.

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