Genius Pantry Floor Storage Ideas to Maximize Space

Pantries can easily get disorganized when they are packed full of food and supplies. Depending on how big your family is and how much storage space there is in your pantry, you might quickly run out of room! So, what do you do when you run out of room to store everything? This is where pantry floor storage comes in handy!

pantry floor storage ideas

The floor of your pantry can be a great place to store extra items. By utilizing the floor of your pantry, you can get more organized and maximize your storage capacity. In this post, we will discuss some ideas for how to use the floor space in your pantry to its fullest potential. From big baskets to tiered organizers, we have got you covered!

All About Pantry Floor Storage

Utilizing the floor space in your pantry is a great way to maximize your storage capacity and keep everything organized. If you have a small pantry, you may have wondered if it’s possible to get a decent amount of storage space in there.

Well, if you’re already using the vertical space in your pantry by using shelves on the walls, it’s time to use your floor too! This is especially helpful if you don’t have a lot of shelf space. You can use the floor under your pantry shelves as extra shelving!


Prepare Your Pantry Floor

A lot of people think it’s unsanitary or unhygienic to store food or cooking items on the floor, but don’t worry! It can be done safely, as long as you take the time to prepare your pantry floor.

Firstly, make sure it’s clean and free of any dirt or dust. You can do this by vacuuming the area or wiping it down with a damp cloth. Once that’s done, lay down some non-slip mats on the floor.

plastic storage bins to store baking ingredients on the pantry floor

After that, you can place the containers you’d like to use. If you live in a place with lots of bugs, I’d suggest getting airtight containers, as this will help keep them away from your food storage.

Lastly, be sure to label each container so you know what’s inside. This will make it easier for you to find what you need when cooking or baking.

What do you store on the pantry floor?

There are lots of things you can store on your pantry floor. It just depends on what needs storage and what you feel comfortable storing there! Floor storage means you’ll have easy access to it, so it just depends on what you want to put on the floor and what kind of containers you’ll be using.

Here are some ideas for floor storage items!

Snacks for Kids

Because items stored on the pantry floor are so easy to grab, consider putting a basket of kids’ snacks there so they can easily reach them when they’re hungry.

store extra snacks on the pantry floor in a bin
I love these Black Wooden Baskets for the floor of my pantry

Of course, make sure your kids are old enough to handle this power. I’d also suggest putting wrapped snacks in the baskets (like granola bars, bags of trail mix and nuts, etc.) so you don’t have exposed food sitting in your pantry.

Canned Goods

If you have canned goods, such as soups, tomatoes, and other canned vegetables, consider keeping them on the floor of the pantry to make it easier to grab when needed. Because cans are so small, organize them in a basket or box. I have these can organizers and I love them!

Dry Foods

You can also use your pantry floor storage for bins of dry foods like rice, grains, flour, sugar, and more. This will save you even more space as these ingredients come in large bags and can easily be stacked. Be sure to check the expiration dates on all dry goods before stocking them to make sure they’re still fresh.


Overstock Items

Another perfect way to use your pantry floor is for any item you have extra stock of. For example, if you have tons of extra canned tomatoes or canned beans, store them in a basket on the floor of your pantry.

pantry floor storage ideas
We store extra snacks on the pantry floor in organized bins

Your normal storage might be somewhere else, but the floor can be used to store those extra things you have. This way you can easily go grab your extra stock and move it to your cabinets when you need it.

casters make it easier to store move items on the pantry floor
I use small casters on the bottom of baskets to help the baskets roll out easier.

Small Appliances and Kitchen Items

If you’re really worried about food getting contaminated or infested by being on the floor, you can also use your pantry floor storage for non-food items, like kitchen supplies.

If you don’t have room for pots and pans in your kitchen, or you have appliances like toasters, air fryers, or griddles that you don’t have room for on your other shelves or in your cabinets, you can place that item on the pantry floor under your pantry shelving. This keeps it out of the way while still being easy to grab when you need it.

Paper Goods

Storing paper goods on your pantry floor can also be a great way to keep them organized and close at hand. Items like parchment paper, tin foil, plastic wrap, wax paper, and even disposable plates, napkins, and cups can all be stored on the floor of your pantry under the shelving.

This helps to keep your kitchen space more open while keeping everything close by.

Cleaning Supplies

If you don’t have another storage closet in your house for cleaning supplies, consider keeping them on the floor of your pantry. This allows you to easily access them when needed without having to dig through a cupboard or drawer.

Organize the cleaning supplies by type, such as all-purpose cleaners together, window cleaners together, and so on. Place them in bins with labels for easy identification.

Pet Food

You can also use your pantry floor for pet food! Keep the bags or containers in bins with labels that clearly show what type and amount of food you have on hand. This makes it easier to tell when it’s time to stock up and helps prevent overbuying.

Extra Linens

Again, if you don’t have a dedicated room, closet, drawer, or storage area for linens, you can keep them in baskets on the pantry floor! I know it might seem odd to keep extra linens and towels in the pantry, but trust me – it’s so much easier than having to search through each bedroom or bathroom for what you need.

Pantry Floor Storage Ideas

As you’re deciding what to store on the pantry floor, you will need to figure out what to put your things in.n Here are some ideas for how to store everything.


Place big baskets on the floor of your pantry to hold your bags of potatoes, granola bars, or whatever you can store in open bins without worrying about contamination. So anything that is wrapped or will be washed thoroughly!


Crates also have an open top. So you can put the same type of item in crates as in baskets. This just comes down to your personal aesthetic!

Airtight Containers

Airtight containers are for anything that can last longer without spoiling. These are great for things like cereal, crackers, and chips. If you’re worried about insects getting into your storage, airtight is the way to go!

store dry goods in 5 gallon buckets on pantry floor

Stackable Containers

If you want to really maximize the space in your pantry, and you have lots of room under your shelves, stackable containers are just what you need! They come in all different sizes and colors to match any decor.

Keep in mind that you’ll have to slide off the top boxes to get to the bottom ones, so you’ll want to use these for things you don’t need super often.

Rolling Carts

If you don’t have a lot of shelves in your pantry so you have a lot of open areas, you can add a rolling cart to your pantry. These carts can be used for anything from canned goods to baking supplies, and you can roll them out when you need them.

Another great thing about rolling carts is that they’re easy to move around if you ever decide to switch up the layout of your pantry. Just push them up against the wall and roll them out when you need them.

Using Your Pantry Floor for Extra Storage

Pantry storage can be tricky to fully utilize, but you can find storage solutions if you get creative! The floor is one of those solutions! Don’t be afraid of using the floor of your pantry for storage – take full advantage of it.

Do you use your pantry floor for storage? If so, what do you keep there? Let me know in the comments!

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